mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color, well carbonated and good head retention. A little thin for the style, in my opinion. Fruity flavors dominate, not a lot of hops. A good representation of the style, but not as good as a similar beer, Trois Pistoles from Unibroue. If you have to make the choice, grab Trois Pistoles instead.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, translucent Brown/ruby body. Super thick tan head, foamy and irredescent. Pretty well layered too. Alcohol and ripe fruits. Raisins and some spicyness. A hint of woodyness. Sweet and full, lively palate. Alcoholic and real dry and woody. Some barley grains. Raisiny sweet then dry with ripe fruits and hints of caramel and vanilla. Yeasty and full, a tasty brew, very port wine-ish
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz. corked bottle. Deep, dark red with large white head that disappeared rather quickly. A complex mix of fruity and sweet esters and flavors such as vanilla, caramel, and raisins. Alcohol is present but in just the right amount, not overwhelming, warms you slightly. Excellent beer and even better value at $3.99 for the bottle. I'll find this beer in the strangest of places and get it every time.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soooper dry, nice yeast, nicely spicy (pepper), great plum and raisin and port wine. Quite effervescent. A fine, fine brune - I can't believe I waited this long to find this! Detractions are as others have noted; some astringency and sourness, but my bottle may be old - besides I like the spritz.
beastiefan2k (2419) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color and a mileage of fruitand flowery type flavors. Personal it seemed like a Chimay Blue wanna-be and the taste was very artifical.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz. bottle) Pours a dark, rich red with a thick tan head. Very strong aroma is dominated by fermented bananas. Pretty remarkable flavor: tangy sugars, banana, toffee, and vinous characteristics blend with warming alcohol tones. Pair this with a Harvey's Elizabethan Ale for a decadent night of tasting.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 31, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. corked, caged bottle. Pours out a deep, rust colored, cloudy and hazy color, with a short lived head that faded to clumps of yeast as an island in the center of the glass. Aromas of tanned leather, dried fruit, mascerated cherries, and a cola quality to it also. No hops aromas here at all. Tastes of malts, dried fruits, cola, and belgian yeast. No alcohol taste or aroma to it at all.
Coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency to it. Finishes sweet on the palate. Some banana esters to it when it warms up slightly. Definitely a great beer to try, at least once.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really a fabulous beer. The aroma is flat out hard to beat: vanilla, raisins, dates, and hazelnuts. Alcohol is present in just the right warming amount. Delicate yet robust hoppiness. A real winner. Really a great value at $4.25 for a 750 mL bottle.
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Rerate Description, still the same, just not quite as wide-eyed about it as before - the absolute best $4.99 750 ml beer out there though! Mouthfeel not quite as thick. Original 4.6 Absolutely delicious - flavorfest going on here. Sweet raisiny aroma, dark orange cloudy appearance with bits of sediment. Thick creamy off-white head with good lacing. Sweet malty flavor with hints of dates and raisins - excellent mouthfeel - feels velvety. Alcohol hidden very well. A definite winner!
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 25.4 oz. bottle I love Ommegang's packaging, almost as much as I love finding one of their utterly reasonable big bottles in random liquor stores across the US. Their eponymous beer is one of their best, with a frothing amber-tinted head and spicy, aromatic nose. Sweet afterglow, trace of bitter dryness at the end. Extra points for including pouring / glass selection instructions on the restrained and elegant label.