Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Blankboy. Fruity, spicy, bourbon aroma. Dark orange, small head. Nice mild taste - fruit, alcohol, hops, yeast. Smooth light to medium mouthfeel. A hint of bourbon in the aftertaste. Wonderful stuff.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Bottle. Placeholder, Need to re-rate on another occassion. Drank from a shared bottle at a debaucherous event. Mouthfuls of solid yeast prevented me from drinking much of it, though what I got into my mouth tasted decent, on the sharper end of the standard belgian ales.
Re-Rate 5/2005. On tap at Monks. Buttery aroma. Vinegary butter flavor. funky cider vinegar beer. No floaties. odd. bock-y. Goes pretty well with the Boon Framboise Ilja and I scored free from a patron who didn’t like it!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle. Served in a NB worthy glass (didn’t have to give up a shoe for it) at 49° right out of the cellar. Pours brownish-red with lots of floaties, steady carbonation, and a hzy, bubbly head. Laces and coats the glass when swirled. Strong aroma of brown sugar, raisins, spice (nutmeg?), yeast, and a herbally hops undertone. This smells pretty good. The initial taste is dark malt and dark fruit followed by an alcohol laden spiciness (black pepper) and some hotness and floury yeast. The finish is lingering fruit, both tart citrus and darker ones, and a floury yeastiness. Starts like a dubbel and ends like a tripel. This is a tasty beer and I would happily give a shoe to drink it out its crazy glass. I don’t know if I would want a glass I couldn’t rest anywhere after drinking a few of these, they do pack a bot of a punch.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured dirty bronze, a bit hazy, with a thick, creamy, sturdy white head. Good retention and very sticky lace. Wonderful complex aroma, full of malt, fruit, figs and cherries, brown sugar, smoke, peat, earth, yeast, alcohol and floral hops. Flavors were sweet malt, caramel & toffee, dark fruit, grain, french bread, cherries, apples, lemons, yeast, alcohol, raisins and sherry. Great creamy mouthfeel, solid, slightly bitter finish.
PIVOMAN (15) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
When you see this beer come on the table, the glass is a desire for the eye, but the taste of the beer is not super. So, most of the points I gave a for the presentation
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Average and lasting white head, dark amber, red-brown colour. arome is licht malty with some hops, herby. Palate is creamy, with a light sweet-bitter finish. Rather special beer.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Poured deep clear bronze with an average beige foamy lasting head, nice lacing. Nice aroma of oily roast malt, some bourbon, also fruity. Taste is woody burnt brown sugar, alcohol sharpness ... mellows out and gets progressively spicy, but a little one-note-ish. Mouthfeel creamy and syrupy. Very warming, very nice - could drink several of these on a cold evening.
HighlanderOne (1047) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BXL. Poured into gorgeous glass with wooden holder - nice touch. Alcohol somewhat dominant in the aroma and flavor. Nice head which dissipates, but some lacing persists. Burnt malt flavor is a bit harsh at first, but mellows nicely as you drink. Good feel and finish. Another great Belgian ale.
MiP (13999) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Dark copper colour. Big, stable, creamy head. Nice, mild carbonation and good mouthfeel. Sweetish flavour, slightly spicy. Hint of aroma hops.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brassy red with lots of carbonation and thick cream colored head. Average lacing. the aroma is spicey and fruity with a light alcohol. I don’t know if you can smell activity but I think I do. It smells sharp. Tangy and spicey. the initial tang kick smooths out and a malt intertwines with pepper and leather flavors. A bit of the alcohol comes through later mixed with full carmel malts.