bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and mild citrus. Flavor of malt, caramel, and alcohol with a bitter finish.
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep maroon color. Slightly sweet Belgian candy-like aroma. Also has a little bit of chocolate in the nose. Has a stout quality up front. A bit of a hoppy bite in the middle and finishes off with a roasted coffee/malty flavor. Very rich flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. I like it.
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown (ruby red when held up to light) with a medium beige head. Neat aroma of roastiness, brown sugar, piney hops and caramel. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and piney/grapefruity hops (it works by the way). Pleasantly sweet and malty, the hops provide good balance. Medium body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. I like this one - kind of like a strong porter with an American IPA hop bill.
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. This is pretty good stuff. Pours magnificent. Very dark with a very light head. Great contrast. Head lasted a very long time and left great lacing. The aroma was very malty with much molassas and other tones of darkness. The flavor was nice too. Mostly malty but with a decent, unoverbearing hoppy finish. The alcohol was barely even noticeable unitl I got through the first glass. Very good.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Pialhead. Pours dark brown, semi-transparent. Big grainy, nutty aroma. Flavor much the same with some bitter chocolate through the middle and some hop biterness in the finish. Aroma and flavor hurt the overall on this, rather muted.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby in color with a variable grey head. Much is included in the aroma: grapes, raisins, pecans, sauna panels, tobacco, winter frost on mulch, cocoa powder, grape soda and wet dog. Big on flavor. English pipe tobacco, clothes chests, unrefined cocoa press, cherry pits and dark figs. Sweetening ensues from concord grapes and dark candi sugar. Fairly engulfing palate feel - not syrupy, but nearly an oil slick. Effervescence is dead on. Applaud the reaper. Finishes like a Christmas blend of pipe tobacco in cohorts with pinot noir. Nice stuff - thanks for landing me a bomber, tpkenned!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown. Aroma is a nice balance of malt and hops. Flavor is sweet and sugary, but never offensively so. Palate is lush and coats quite nicely. Another quality effort from one of my favorite brewers.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear, mahogany ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Good retention. Chocolate, alcohol and molasses aroma. A hint of cola. The flavor is alcoholic and a touch harsh with burnt notes of blackstrap molasses and cocoa. Full-bodied and syrupy with fizzy carbonation. Burnt, lightly bitter, dry finish.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a ruby brown with light head. Aromatics of very light toast and malt. Body thinner than expected. Flavors ok but could be stronger in my opinion. A decent effort.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Clear red-black body with fluffy beige head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, pine, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, raisin, grapefruit, some cocoa, light smoke. Alcohol pretty well hidden, but does become more noticeable as it warms. Medium body, feels a bit thin relative to the flavors, but then again, it does a fine job of handling the alcohol.