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Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
Brown in color with a small tan head. Smells like soy and plum-like almost like a barleywine. Taste tangy soy and taste sauce.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2451) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2003
yummie nose with alcohol, peacjes, candies sugar and yeast. Wonderful dark brown color, frothy head and a liveley carbontion. Alcohol, chocolate, marcipan, malt and raisons are rounding up the taste. Numbs your lips with a medium lasting toasted chocolate taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2548) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2003
Sweet caramelly nose, lush dark brown color and a big tan rocky head. Fat, sweet malt body with tastes of sweet caramel, syrup and dark fruits (figs). Also a toasted graininess in the middle. Maybe some toffee and chocolate? Pretty thick stuff and a damn good balance. A little fresh and rough around the edges, but I liked that.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
A deep burgundy with a tan frothy head. An oaky aroma with plums. A rich flavor with an earthiness, oak and a plum character. A decent alcohol flavor. A little time would make this even better.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Burgundy color with a big beige head. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor of caramel and tootsie roll and other candies.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
I had higher hopes for this one after drinking Hennepin. Not bad, but too much bite for me.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2003
Tastes a bit like soy sauce and is somewhat smooth, but the taste is too poor for such a low alcohol level.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2003
Slightly cloudy amber color,no head what so ever.Aroma is malty sweet,fruity,a slight wine like aroma that seems to peek through,raisin and plum as well.Sweet malty flavor with a caramel tone to it the fruit in the aroma doesn't seem to make much of an appearance in the flavor,with the acception of the raisin that comes through loud and clear.The alcohol seems to be well pronounced through out this brew not real hard core but it's there in the beginning and definately at the finish,along with a faint sweet raisin.I can't say this is a favorite or that i want another one of these but it's not bad but i think i prefer there 3 philosophers better.still it's a nice brew and would recommend that it be tried at least once.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
This is one GREAT beer. It is too bad the company has been sold to the Europeans; I hope that they do not change a good thing !!! I think this is the best of the three.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2003
Aroma is pleasantly yeasty/spicy/cidery...Color is a brown/amber with a massive beige head and ample speckled lace...Flavor possesses a decidedly earthy quality that combines the liveliness of unrefined cider with the richness of fruit brandies. The finish is lightly fruity but also dry. This has a "busy" mouthfeel but with considerable substance beneath. Overall, this offers a fine combination of full flavor and body, good balance, and lively textures...Very satisfying.


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