PorterPounder (4956) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Rerate Just all around better this time around - pick up some prunes, dark chocolate and caramel - much thick er this time around as well and stronger aroma - good raisiny muskiness. Original - 3.3 2003 - 750 ml bottle. Pours with a light amber color, sparkles in the light. Thin, off-white head with a fair amount of lacing. Very faint aroma - but it is reminiscent of cherry cola. Mouthfeel is a bit thin in texture, but has some elements of licorice. Flavor has some elements of cherry with light hints of muted spices and not much else. I really wanted to like this one - but it is sadly lacking in many respects. Very smooth and goes down easy considering the 9.8 ABV - just not a whole lof of excitement here.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003. Rich mahogony with a nice thick froth. Sour cherries and yeast in the nose. Very rich burnt flavor. The alcohol overpowers any other flavors that might be there. Cherry aftertaste. I'm glad I tried this, but I'd much rather get one of this brewery's other products.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I don't like this brew too much way too sweet for my tastes. Overly burnt, sweet, and bitter flavors. Finishes chewy, sticky, and thick.
zanfiricoe (9) - Scottsville, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2003 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My wifes first words," this is wonderful" - I got excited. It smelled pretty good, little hints of cherries and spicy plumb notes. Red brown orange hue, quickly disspating head. First sip - where's the Kriek? Second sip etc. where's the Kriek.
It has a pretty extreme spiciness and a whollop from the alcohol. Thought it tasted like a Leffe Blonde mixed with a little old wine.
I didn't detect any banana like others did. Just alcohol, SPICE, and winelike notes. Didn't really taste any cherry. I figured since it was blended from Lindemans Kriek it would have some of that syrupy cherry flavor (which I thought would be balanced by the Ommegang brew) didn't really taste it.
I also wanted to like this beer more than I did. I think it is probably a very good beer, just not up my alley.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 vintage. Dark garnet body, tan head receding quickly, banana estery nose. Sweet, alcohol too evident, banana notes, some cherry. Improves as it warms. Too much alcohol in the finish. I really want to like this New York product, especially since I am a fan of their other beers, but this is disappointing. The new label is a big improvement over the pictured bottle, though. ;)
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 The beauty of this beer in the finish. Lingering spice and the cherry really starts to emerge - very dry finish. Texture is wonderfully rich - creamy and a little slick. Aroma has a touch cherry with malt and spice and flowers - smells a bit like a fine cigar. Hint of banana. Sweet with hops popping in toward the middle and lingering nicely - again for that spicey, ashen finish. Appearance is reddish brown and hazy. The color on the head is beautiful - deep golden brown - toffee colored. Very nice and I feel the warmth of the 9.8% taking over. Very nice!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color with a small dense light brown head.Aroma is amazing,fruit,malt,spices,soy sauce?? Sweet,rich a filling beer.Extremely complex and should age well and hopefully change it's course.
ARMed (575) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is exceptional. Ruby-red with a hint of cloudiness. Immediatetly after poppoing the bottle you get a beautiful barley-wine scent. It smells and tastes very much like a tawny port. You can also taste the slight hint of plums, raisons and grapes. Rich chewy and robust in flavor. Very smooth scintillating aftertaste that just keeps you asking for more. Alcohol is well hidden but also apparant. Lightly carbonated.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby colored. Big sweet maltiness, lots of sweet cherry flavor. Cloying, actually. Some alcohol presence. Lindeman's Kriek presence makes a lot of sense. Thanks, Slikwily!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 This is the original vintage a few years before the Lindemans Blend: Deep orange-ruby hue. Wood, dark fruit, sweet nose. Small beige head. Very sweet, dark fruit, woody, figs, cherry, almost tart towards the middle. Medium bodied, finishing with a dry lingering dried apricot and candy sugar flavor. I was supposed to trade 6 bottles of this crap to someone, but they backed out, so I have 5 more to deal with...Anybody interested?!