steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong brew, could tell a little bit - not too good in masking alcohol. a little thin, yeasty, dark tart cherries over a bit of smooth caramel chocolate. a little sweet. it's subtle. i enjoyed it. a bit of a gimmick though, egh that's my opinion.
envane (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 edition: Nice dark brown colour, light brown head. Taste is initially malty, but the cherry flavours sneak up on you. Bitter, dry finish. Good stuff!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Deep red-brown color with a tan head. Aroma of a big Belgian with a slight fermented cherry note. Slightly sharp flavor with a mix of alcohol, cherry, raisin, and mixed dry fruit. In many ways, has the character of a St Bernardus 12, or Rochfort 10, or several other of the big Belgian strong ales. I will be cellaring several of these and I look forward to future tastings. YUM
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle: hazy brown, beige head. nice aroma with jelly candy, liquorice, icing sugar, yeast, dark bread and cherry. big chewy malt up front leading to complex toffee and yeasty notes. finishes with a bit of alcohol and bitterness. very nice.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 2003 bottle. A masterwork. Pours clear deep red with thick head. Malty aroma, and malty flavor with distinct cherry and chocolate base. Alcohol is noticeable, but in the background.
Aroma upgraded on March 15, 2004
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely excellent--a beautiful fruity ale. Deep red color with a bit of head. rich and warming. There is alcohol there but a vital cherry undercurrent, port-like grape flavors, and that wealth of malt. Frothy, foam palate. A hint of bitterness is there in the end, but as JoeT said at the time, it's a lesson in finding phenols. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy auburn beneath a light foamy tan head. The nose is alcohol with fruity red licorice. Candyish, peppered with fruit - maltily sweet. The body is really quite sweet, yet manageable, cherry notes behind a solid malt backbone. Warming alcohol with a touch of yeast that finishes the beer. Complex, manageable, sweet ale.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, consumed at the point where my handwriting is getting quite sloppy. Amber, big head. Deliciously sweet, a cornucoupia (yes, I wrote that while drunk) of fruit! Nice. Prominent tangerines, peaches, a bit of grape. Some hints of alcohol, and sourness that add to the deliciousness (I must have been really inspired). ..nice. (That's two "nices") A little tobacco, but it's not crappy like a normal tobaccoish beer.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like the sour fruityness. Very little head (probably because of the high ABV) but pours a dark cola. Mostly fruit and bready tastes.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Deep red body with a thin, almond head. Nose of plum, bubblegum and iodine. An almost muted taste. Smooth, fruity with a slight whiskey-alcohol burn. Good, lingering burn. Excellent!