austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly dark in the glass and rather toffeeish to smell and taste. Massively metallic and if you hadn't told me there were supposed to be cherries in it, I'd not have known. The alcohol burn is overwhelming - truly a misfire from Ommegang in my opinion. Syrupy and rich, but again, the metallic nature of this alcoholic beast leaves much to be desired. Sad that the maker of Rare Vos, which I love so much, has laid such an egg as this.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark aged, fermented sweet cherries. Rich - like a toffee pudding. Tastes a bit roasted with some cinnamon-type spice. Quite a lot of "iron" essence as well.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with reddish tint, thick tan head. Sweet aroma with plenty of yeast and banana. Full body, too sweet for my taste, cherry comes out a bit.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful ruby body with tan head. Aroma had touches of fruit and caramel. Great mouthfeel. Thick, syrupy, smooth. Delicious frutiness to the flavor. Excellent drink.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown medium brown frothy head. Lots of nuts with some alcohol in the nose. Wheaty rich malty nutty taste that finishes with cherry. Full body and very satisfying.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed 2003: Sweet aroma of fruit and chemicals. Very dark burgundy liquid. Little head, even at romm temp. Fruit tang at first taste, smokey middle with a alcohol burn in the finish. This beers grows on you or maybe it is the 9.8% alcohol.
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and cloudy. Fruity cherry aroma. Slight notes of perfume. The cherry presence is subdued but refreshingly tart. Theres an odd sort of aftertaste--almost like spicy mustard--that I didn't appreciate. Still, an enjoyable and unusual brew.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good beer.I was expecting a little more sweetness but it still was good.Poured a dark red color with a big head that dissapated slow.High alcohol that wasnt hidden to well kind of masked the truness of this brew.Overal I would like to rate this again.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 750 ml. Looking forward to this one for a long time...this was Christmas dinner beer, so it had to be special. The body is a smooth muddy brown, quite opaque, with a creamy tan quick-dying head. Nose is the best thing here, plummy-orange liqueur-brandy with just a hint of cloves, yum. Flavor is medium-sweet, fairly high acid, some molasses; finish woody and warming, dry. Alcohol a bit too noticeable, not as fruity as the nose suggested. Bit of a letdown due to high expectations, but certainly very good.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy brown/amber with a thick lasting tan head. Very nice aroma of caramel, citrus, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper and spice. Velvety medium body. Creamy and syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice flavor that is very floral and woody. Lots of caramel, pepper, molasses, dark fruit, and spice also make an appearance. Excellent. Big thanks to Slikwily for this one!