deprogram (115) - 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.
3fourths (8554) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber hue with a foaming brown head. Huge nose of plums. Nicely carbonated with a slikly aftertaste. Flavors of dark fruit, with tones of oak and pecans underneath, and finally a bit of alcohol in the finish. Palate is left tingling, very excited.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Reddish brown color, well okay burgundy, with a head that rims the glass. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Flavor of figs or prunes mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Dry finish. Good beer.
BillKismet (3472) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a gorgeous incarnadine-ruby color, but the brown head was too foamy. Gentle evergreen forest aroma with a slight banana towards the end and a noxious ether presence in the middles. The beer washes over the mouth, drowning it in alchohol that numbs the tongue and teeth like an anesthetic even though the abv is listed as only 8.5%. Banana asserts itself towards the end.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great dark ruby looking beer with elegant, complex aroma. Has a great Belgian style flavor. Great tasting beer. My first taste of this brewer's beer, and I can taste what all the rave is about.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown in color with a small tan head. Smells like soy and plum-like almost like a barleywine. Taste tangy soy and taste sauce.
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Burgundy color with a big beige head. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor of caramel and tootsie roll and other candies.