PalCabral (159) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Rating 2014: Pours reddish brown without head, making the beer look like a glass of berry juice once it has settled. Not a stunning beer to look at. The aroma reminds me of fortfied wine, thereís that touch of alcohol, but also of fruit cake and some smoke. In fact, the most similar beers I could think of are strong scottish ales where the yeast imparts a slightly smoky scent. The beer taste goes along with previous years, the yeast imposes itself with the alcohol, providing tastes of dried fruit, then comes the balancing bitterness. Itís still quite a full beer. Not as good as previous years, IMHO - donít know why. I have saved a bottle of each year since 2009. I will give review of the years in a later review. Itís a good beer.
alberti92 (159) - - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours murky amber with a thin disappearing head. Body is full with low carbonation. Aroma is intense. Boozyness is very evident but is slightly masked by sweet burnt sugar, toffee, nuts and dark fruits. Taste is just as complex and amazing as the aroma. A sugary sweetness begins the palate which then develops into port. The finish is slightly bitter with a very warming hit of booze at the end of the palate with flavours of dried nuts, sultanas and apricots remaining as an after taste. Great beer
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouring into the pilsner is a beautiful reddish colored ale, creating a really nice head. It smells very malty and upon the 1st tase, a slight taste of licorice hits the back of your throat. A very good and smooth ale
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2011, poured 7/12/2012. Beautiful Red/Amber color. Low carbonation. High alcohol taste and aroma.
Appearance: amber/red, clear, minimal head
Taste: light sweetness, alcohol
Palate: full body, creamy, flat
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish.
Pedro_Pinho (155) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, slightly redish liquid with off white head. Aroma is mainly bread to me. Smooth, but rather anonimous taste. Not bad, but definitely overrated.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This is really good. Pours our an amber/brownish color, with a relatively small head. Caramelly aroma. Malty, toasty sweet taste. Well worth $10 per 4-pack.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesnít do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
í08 vintage, sampled in a snifter. Was hoping for more based on the reviews as well as my affinity for Old Rasputin. Very aromatic with a nice balance between hops notes (grapefruit/citrus) and malts as well as an aroma I wasnít able to put my finger on. Flavor was well balanced and leaned a little more hoppy than malty. There was a peculiar dryness to it and what another reviewer referred to as woody...I think I could agree to use that term as Iíve not thought of one more suitable. Certainly not a bad brew, but not my favorite example of the style either.