DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with tan head. Big and thick, yeast aroma, malty, sweet all around, hints of fruit, chocolate, cherry, banana. Nice beer.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, murky redish brown with a fizzy head that settles quickly. Great complex aroma of appricot, prunes, and mildly phenolic. The flavor is warm,lightly spiced, with major fruit overtones. Rasin, cherry, and licorice come to mind. Smooth on the palate with a nice alcohol warming.
Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy red brown, light tan head with a few specks of lace. Nose is sweet with apples and toffee. Medium to full bodied and softly carbonated. A nice dark chocolate note makes itself known in the flavor along with some raisin. The dark malt character could even be described as stout-like due to a bit of roasted flavor. Throughly enjoyable but not on the same level as the best Belgian-style brews.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burgandy with a large diminshing cocoa head. Little more roasted flavor than the fruitiness I associate with a belgian, but overall a really solid American take on a Belgian.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had one of these last weekend. Had been saving it from my trip to Indy a month or so ago. Turns out I instinctively saved the best for last. Pours a dark cloudy walnut with maple highlights. The average fizzy rose/tan head is fully diminishing with no lacing. The awesome nose is as close to perfect as I have yet to sample. The cornucopia of aromas includes (but is not limited to) caramel, brown sugar, fruit, anise, pepper, chianti, cola nuts, and vanilla. I regret that I only had one bottle, and didn't have about 8 hours or so to just whif on this bad boy, because I'm sure that I could come up with an infinite number of subtleties in the nose. The balanced flavor is according to my notes "as deep as a pacific chasm - there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited". The full body is velvety and dry. The only flaw in the palate is a slight amount of cloying quality at the finish. This brew is not a pretender. I would put this on par with Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. This must be what angel piss tastes like.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish murky brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Some alcohol can be detected in the taste, but it is more of fruit and licorce. The finish is fairly dry and it feels great on my sore throat.
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brick red dark color, yeasty aroma, overall long strong flavores strong ale that's a great value. I had a 12 ounce bottle this time, but usually enjoy it in the corked bottles.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex aroma, phenolic, malty and fruity. Nice color and good head retention. Good malt falvor with phenolic slightly spicey flavor. A good complex beer that melds the flavors together very well.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a brown-red light can penetrate with medium amount of off white head that dissipates leaving a thin film. Aroma is of sweet fruit, molasses, licorice (both cherry and black). Flavor is of sweet tootsie roll, cherry (with faint black) licorice. Not unpleasant at first, but gets unpleasant as it goes. Not tasty. No hoppiness and definitely not dry. No alcohol detected. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There is a lot going on in this one. They call it a deep burgundy color but I'dprefer to call it a dark ruby or brown color with a cream colored head. The aroma is a mix of candy, fruit, and alcohol. Sweet and fruity, malt, and alcohol flavors all combine to make it somewhat complex. Followed by a stringent alcohol finish. It was close, but it just wasn't a perfect marriage of flavors for me.