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.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A rich dark amber beer with a beige head sitting on top that stays as a coating of lace on the glass. Wonderful to look at. Aroma is fruity and caramelly sweet. Rich complex flavors - honey, caramel, plum, some sort of berry - with a big alcohol warming at the end and lingering toffee/honey.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The scent of butterscotch the taste of congnac. Deep amber color with dissapating head yet nice lacing. Warming leads to honey overtones. Very nice all around night cap on a cold winters day; truly inspires relaxation.
crazyvin (1942) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a deep amber color with a long lasting redish/brown head. had a really sweet taste almost of chocolate and hints of caramel.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
fruity aroma, dissapating head to very uniform bubbles in lacing. toffee , honey flavors more apparant upon warming. Alcohol apparent. kind of Congnac(ish) to me but admittedly I am not too well versed in the big-belgian brews yet. I like it though.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Lovely looking dark brown/red ale with a frothy thick cream colored head. Smells like caramel and toffee, plum. Great flavor. Bursting with it. I can taste burnt marshmallow, toffee, alcohol. Tastes quite strong and I can feel it in my cheeks after just a couple of sips. Quite nice. I can't believe this is a United States beer. It makes me proud.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting color, with that tinge of red (burgundy if they insist). Visually attractive in other respects, including sustained head. Striking aroma, suggesting buckets of candy sugar, bits of alcohol, but more than anything else a strongly fruity note. I can't quite place it but neither does it seem complex: is it banana-plum? Caramel-cranberry-muffin? The flavor repeats this strong fruity vein, with fluffy palate (lively carbonated but subdued by a rich maltiness). The alcohol can be found, but it isn't particularly pressing on my tongue. I'd like to have this in a blind side-by-side, because while there is a lot to like here, at the same time I couldn't quite find myself satisfied by its depth of flavor, as it seemingly came up short both in the finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy plum color with streaming jets of carbonation and a silky cream head. Complex and pungeant with elements of sweet and sour plums, molasses maltiness, and musty yeast. Smooth but sour palate with some fruit peel bitterness.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark red body with a huge head. Nose is of candy sugar and malt. Very sweet taste, caramely, that is dry but smooth. Finishes very alcoholic.