Fritz (5) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
an incredible abbey. a winter dinner fave. rich and beautiful color. a bit chocolaty.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful deep burdundy with a moderate tan head. Appealing aroma of fruit and spice and candy. Medium body with a slight fizz. However, to me, the flavor was unpleasant. Too astringent.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber. Light continuous head. Strong fruity wine/port aroma. Classy flavour. Sweet cherry and chocolate. Alcohol kick. Almost demands a fancy cigar, steak or desert.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nothing short of brilliant. This abbey ale is one of my favorites. Delicious and awesome.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, this is a really good beer. cant believe its rated 96%. awesome pour, huge head that lasts the whole glass and when you refil it, same thing. dark red in color. fruity smell with a nice sweetness. taste is sweet smooth and somewhat hoppy. slight taste of raisans and some hints of chocolate. this is a most excellent beer. finish is dry and and leaves a wonderful aftertaste.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. Nice balance in the flavor. Hearty flavors best with hearty meal I’d bet.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 I bought this bottle in July 2001, and have cellered it until now. Pours a cloudy brown, looks like apple cider.
The aroma is fruit, alcohol, and some raisins. Taste is also fruit and raisins, only slightly sweet.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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, it’s sweet, but the sweetness is easily masked by the strength of the malt character.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.