RateBeer
overall
99
100
style

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 2158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2004
In the bottle at the Dundee Dell. This is a big beer with a big mouth feel. Very fruity and berry-like. Strong alcohol burn as it should be. Dark crimson color with an ivory head. Sure, itís sweet, but the sweetness is easily masked by the strength of the malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Nice pour, attractive burgundy color. Starts off sweet with a touch of alcohol and blends nicely into a caramel flavor with a hint of spices. I will have to re rate this beer again soon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle: Pours a good looking deep brownish red with a good sized tan head with a small amount of lacing. Aroma: fruit, lots of malt, raisins, honey. Flavor: Alcohol is very present in the beginning, sweet malt, towards the middle of the bottle it gets much more pleasant, creamy, even some chocolate and wine like qualities. Commercial description describes this beer pretty accurately. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5557) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is all malts and fruit. A Slight alcohol smell. Pours a brownish-red with a nice tan head that dies within a minute or so. Nice lacing. Flavor is fruity with raisins and a strong alcohol taste. Alcohol could be covered up a lot better. Definitely has some wine qualities to it. Strong alcohol and some sweetness in the aftertaste. After a while it seems to develop a slight sour taste to it. This beer is good, but I donít like the strong alcohol taste in my beers, so I canít rate it as high as most. I donít mind an alcohol presence but it has to be a background flavor not a dominant one.



Re-rate of the cave-aged version



Nice aroma of honey, cherry, light caramel, light apple, and yeast. Pours a nice transparent red with an off-white head with very nice retention. Very fruity up front with cherry, grape, and raisin. Finishes with a huge caramel and toffee presence with light yeastiness. Creamy mouthfeel with a little burn from acidity. Only the slightest hint of alcohol in the finish. Granted this the "cave-aged" version, but Iíll chalk up the previous rating to beer rating inexperience (original was somewhere around my 50th rating)moreso than the cave-aging. Old rating of 7-4-6-3-12 (3.2) has been replaced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
poured a rich ruby color big light tan head some lacing. aroma sweet carmel honey, malts,raisins, another one that was hard to keep my nose away from the glass.flavor dark fruits,alcohol,honey malts,as it warmed up stared to get a semi sweet red wine like quality .liked the finish on this just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness that lasted just right

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Poured a thick "oatmeal" head with a ruby/ brown coloring. The aroma was like wine or even burgundy at first and then I could get some fruit. I had a lot of alcohol taste in the beginning of this bottle, but towards the middle it opened up into a very creamy smooth beer with a slight burn of alcohol and some sweetness in the aftertaste. The more of the beer towards the middle the more creamier and flavorful it was.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2004
A nice malty, dark fruit aroma. Dark reddish-brown opaque color with a nice head, reducing to a very small head that stays. The taste is very sweet and fruity at the start, with a definite dry aftertaste. Really nice and deep red wine-like without the alcohol twang.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Deep amber in color with a light tan head. Sweet and flowery aroma; thick on the palate; mildly wheaty strong taste. Very malty. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice and sweet with a contradictory amount of dry-ness. Deep color does not belie the alcohol here. Complex and fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2004
Sweet dark fruit in the nose - plums, raisins followed by caramel maltiness and chocolate. A touch of alcohol in there too. Deep, reddish brown colour with dense, pillowy, tan head that does not quit. Coats the sides of the glass. Gorgeous. Thereís a definite sweet-sour fruit hit up front followed by huge chocolatiness and a dry spicy finish. A light hit of alcohol in the finish and definite warming sensation. Silky smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Lively bubbles in the mouth. Interesting and enjoyable. Very similar to the commercial description except I expected it to be wine-like whereas this is more like a liqueur. Bottle.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 180 181 182  183  184 185 186 » 216


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50