PeteOvertone (13) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best beer Iíve ever had. A perfect balance between full body, high alcohol content and drinkability. My only problem with it is that mine had quite a bit of sediment. Not sure if this is common, but next one I find Iíll check for sediment before I buy it.
chicagobears (422) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very cloudy dark brown. Good bite. Tastes of figs, plums, raisins, a hint of rye bread. Smooth malty feel. Some kind of smokey tobacco like dryness. For 11.3 alc is not too apparent. Very complex and interesting.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Real Deal. Wasnít expecting it to live up to the hype..I was wrong. Very rich and smooth.
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So far the highest rating Iíve given on this site. That seems right to me at this point. Left my mouth a touch sore, but on the right night, that could be just what Iím looking for.
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a big head that stays around forever, leaving a nice lacing behind on the glass. Aroma is not as strong as I would expect. A very complex beer -- malty, dark fruits, some alcohol taste, bread -- too much to list. Well worth the price tag.
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy dark brown with a big, lasting head and nice lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, yeast, and alcohol. This is a full bodied ale with lively carbonation. The flavor is very complex, which Iím not too good at describing, but dark fruits, subtle spices, and malts are all apparent. The finish is pleasantly sweet with some alcohol presence, as one might expect with over 11% abv. This is a wonderful beer as many others have noted. Itís expensive, but well worth trying.
IrishBoy (3859) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Cloudy,carbonated dark brown with a thick tan head. the aroma is a combination of malt, berries and raisins. the flavor features a caramel malt with changing berry raisin touch ended with a pleasant bitterness and a tiny bit of alcohol flavor but what can you expect of 11.3%. Outstanding! I saved this one for my 100th rating!
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick milk chocolate brown with the slightest tint of burnt orange with a two to three finger spongy head that slowly dissipates and leaves a thick lacing. Aroma is chocolate, raisin, fig, and bread pudding. Taste is unbelievably complex Raisin, fig, rum, bread, bread pudding, port Ė spicy - it keeps changing! Apple cider, some sort of dark fruit jam as it finishes with the perfect bitterness. There is an incredible amount of stuff going on here, Iím sure I didnít capture it all. Palate is slightly creamy but very fresh, with a lively carbonation that really brings out the spicy flavors and seems to foam up as you work it around your mouth. As a somewhat of a novice, this is the best beer Iíve ever had.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown with a huge rocky head and plenty of yeast in the floating around inthe glass. Spiced dark fruit aroma with some hints of alcohol making it seem like a glass of some after dinner liquor. Prunes and malt dominate the palate but there are plenty of complexities to pick up on if you are so disposed. Thick mouthfeel with some slight heat and alocohol at the end.
stabatrehab (6) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can you sing that hasnít been sung? A rather large foam fosters a rocky head with lacing that looks as if a skywriter is spelling out in a forgotten text: "all is not lost in the world."
14 varities of fig. Port,Sherry,organic,barn-some kind of grass or something that grows out of the ground. I digress,itís pre-noon on a Sunday and thereís chores to be done.