FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 year old bottle
Pours with a light brown head atop a hazy amber colored beer. The head is quite thick. The aroma; at first I detect raisin and a bit of rum, then I get some subdued notes of sherry. The taste is a bit spicy with some light sherry notes to it. This beer has a fairly good amount of body to it as well. The finish is slightly on the hot side, spicy. This aged example tastes meaty, this would go well with a red meat dish.
flemdawg (534) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A truly great beer. Dark red with a huge fluffy white head that slowy vanished to a decent size. Aroma was mainly of apples, which I enjoy. Sweet fruits were the first thing I tasted, but that gave way to a dry, alcohol finish. Really a nice treat.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. A big aroma with strong carmel notes and bubble gum, hints of vanilla and anise. Slightly astringent for my taste. Good American attempt at a Belgian strong
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 (3093) - 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 (1523) - 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 (1866) - 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.