Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 dar red-brown. candied fruit aroma. no head other than ring around the glass. Lightly carbonated and full bodied with berries, chocolate, malt. medium ry, somewhat spicy,finish.
NEW: Had this recently and enjoyed it a bit more. Not sure if it has been changed with the new ownership but if so I would say for the better. Upping palate from 3 to 4.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 White label 2003 edition. Bright golden brown; aroma of plum, candy and banana. Slightly astringent notes in the body. Chewy. Alcoholic. Slight yeast note, with a bitter ashy note in the finish. Alcohol is too dominant.
Original, burgundy label edition: Orangey-burgundy colour. Deep sense of plum, blood orange, deep caramel, stale wood, cherries. Some tartness comes into the mix mid-palate. Overall, though, it's quite sweet, slightly candyish even. Warming, slightly spicy finish.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer was so super sweet. Light bodied with a maple syrup and alcoholic burn in the finish. No real complexity, quick and over before I knew it. Stick to their regular brews, this one was too sweet and thin.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color of rich juicy amber, high aroma s, some malt- yeasty aroma and alcohol mixed with it. Super big Belgian that in this case is not that good. Alcoholic, sweet ale. Sharp and intense. Alcohol is over exposed.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Summer Gathering 2003: Tangy sweetness, some orange. Musty. <poopshoot></poopshoot>
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 (draft) Clear dark red-brown body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cherry, wood, caramel, light sour. Taste is medium sweet, wood, cherry, light vinous, chocolate, alcohol. Smooth medium body with light stickiness. (7/4/7/4/14)
(RBSG2003): CLoudy copper with minimal off-white head. Aroma is bubblegum and banana, sweet, maple. Taste is sweet (bubblegum), banana, light coconut/maple. Medium body. (7/4/6/3/12)
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brought for the summer party, which I had brought more...Dark brown hue with a small tan creamy head, fair lacing. Yet another wonderful smelling beer I had this weekend. Hints of caramel, vanilla, tawny port, and very floral. Nice sweet, vinous/port taste. Hoppy enough to clean palate. A bit malty aftertaste. Oily yet lively mouthfeel. Another great beer from this New York brewery.
thedm (4851) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Original Rating 7-4-5-2-13:
This brew pours a small head of light brown bubbles and a brown body. It had a strong bubblegum and alcohol aroma with an overpowering alcohol flavor.
Poured an extremely large sized head of almost all foam in my mug. Foamy light brown very long lasting finely sized bubbles. Very hazy brown with finely sized yeast particles, Poor lacing. Mild malty cherry aroma with a mild vinous note. Tingly start strong tingly vinous finish soon fades into its aftertaste. Not as overpowering as first rating. Vinous mild alcohol burn mild dark cherry malt burning hops. Little to no-lambic like tart sweetness as the label suggested.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark garnet color with a medium sized, but eventually diminishing, beige head. The aroma was dominated by sweet grapes, dark fruit...with some nice wood (roasted?) tones. The flavor was again very sweet, grapes, plums, vanilla, wood, very floral/perfumey. Unfortunately, this brew had an odd watery feel on the tongue...odd because of the immense flavors present. Lively carbonation. Overall, a very finely crafted beer.
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 750mL 2009 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with light notes of cherry, sugar/icing/honey, gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly watery and light-bodied for its size and professed style. Nice enough aroma, but nothing exciting.