Silphium (3191) - 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) - - 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 (7065) - 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 (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 (9021) - 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 (1278) - 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 (3769) - 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.