OleMole (1) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful fruity beer. Quite sweet with a velvety texture. Almost like a desert wine of the beer world. Port and beer combined - what’s not to love!
omega (795) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little concerned about the secret method and 27% passion.... Aroma is quite closed, even on a bottle that was drunk at near room temp. It is once you put it into your mouth that this beer becomes interesting. Big raisins while not being too syrupy to make it overpowering. Nice rich deep brown colour and not overly carbonated.
mkel07 (4352) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Dark brown cola colour with a slight head that drifts away. Lots of fruity aromas make thus a pleasing beer.thin bodied but in a good way.
cattaneopapa (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from LCBO. Toronto, Ontario. 6.5% alc./vol. Pours a hazy dark amber colour with a small lasting off-white head. Aroma is raisins, and dark fruits. Taste matches aroma with a well balanced hoppy crisp finish. Medium body with a lively carbonation.
Helsdon (302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear brown, and a crazy bunch of light tan head on the pour. Nose of malts and fruits, but I suspect that head blocked a lot, even after I’ve waited as long as I can (delayed reward? bah! humbug!) The taste is fruit, scotch, raisin, vanilla, caramel malts. Lots going on here. I like it, but I can see how some people might not.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m intrigued by the polarised ratings so far from reviewers that I have no reason not to trust their intuitive nous for unusual beers, I love a dark beer and this is on the dark side with ruby port notes. Throw on a cream coloured head and there’s your appearance description. For aroma it smells of walnuts, carob (I hate carob), pieces of dark chocolate, muscatel raisins before becoming plummy and spicy like so many top-end Belgian ales I have had before. Grated chocolate and carob leap to mind and then I put them aside before I taste.
It is moist and cake-like in the mouth, as if this beer should have come on a doily and with a small glass of Benedictine. I get the raisin and I immediately make an attachment to beers like St Bernardus that I have loved in the past. This makes this beer a favourite in my tiny mind.
On second thoughts... yes, still a celebration that I am glad I have had.
Did I mention flavours of old cognac?
Davros (2408) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows bready malt with melanoidin and golden syrup notes too. A faint savoury note too.
Similar flavours, very malty and moreish. More bready and raisin notes. Long lasting finish.
Could use more carbonation, almost flat at the moment.
gam (3644) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weak head deep ruby misty pour medium carbonation aromas caramel raisin is there and pleasing port notes woodiness doughy yeast the flavours yeast port doughy candy or brown sugar sweetness very smooth and tasty note the raisin is well done in the ale sharp full tasting sweetness is near perfect the finish a warming ale of good fruits and ideal beer tastes done to close perfection fine malts and yeast tastes involved very underrated ale
Choos (673) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: malty fruit cake 7
App: no head cola appearance 3
Flavour: Rich fruit cake, vanilla and malt, 7
Palate creamy texture lingering raisin 4
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
vanvenlo (1469) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purvis Cellars (19-Dec-2013) Big sweet rum raisin aroma. Brown red clear colour, poor head and suds lacing. Sweet veg spice soft spirit flavour. Tangy sweet rum raisin soft finish and light raisin aftertaste.