highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Juicy wine-like Belgian quadrupel. Poured a teak colour, with a 2cm fizzy head that receded quickly and left no lace. Aroma initially seemed lighter than might be expected from the 11.3% abv, but complex. Very sweet, with juicy dark berries (blackcurrants), molasses and some peppery alcohol, like a young shiraz. In fact, the aroma is very wine-like. The more I sniffed, the more I appreciated. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Initial flavour impression is of dark fruit - figs, raisins - followed by a hint of spice. Then there’s that almighty rush of alcohol that hits you in the throat, then down in the gut. This carries the alcohol better than many ales of lesser strength. And it softens as you near the end of the glass. (Bottle, best before 8/9/09)
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex dark flavour. Hints of toffee and roasted malts, but also includes a sweet fruity layer. Poured deep dark brown into the chalice and gave off huge malty aroma with its substantial cream coloured head which quickly diminished. This beer’s alcohol content is hidden in the aroma, although you do feel it quickly and a large mouthful will give you a bit of an alcohol flavour. It is surprisingly smooth and drinkable for how complex the flavour is. I was expecting it to be heavy based on the colour and flavour, but found it to be surprisingly light. Not my favourite beer, but an exceptional one that should definitely be sought out. Thanks to Downtown Wine and Gourmet -- Harrisonburg, VA.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Hazy dark brown with a tan head, which quickly diminished to a thin layer of foam. Aroma of raisins, prunes, and sweet apples. The flavor is definitely complex - the different flavors this went through as it warmed was pretty impressive. It seemed every time I took a sip, I tasted a new flavor. Spicy / peppery / yeasty flavor was present throughout. Absolutely no alcohol harshness - I was amazed to see this beer was 11.3 ABV - just a nice warming effect A must try.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cellar Temp. Deep burgundy with a volcanic tan head that sustains. Silky perfect mouthfeel. The flavors begin subtle and morph from a nutty malt slightly sweet start blooming into dark fruits the explode on the finish with a complex array of light chocolate, cherry, dates and alcohol and as that dissipates a light bitterness creeps in. Perfectly dynamic and balanced at the same time. Hard to find a problem with this beer.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 very dark colour. arouma is fantastic. nice malty flavour mixed with some alcohol. quite a great beer and i can’t wait to try it again.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i have waited for this a long time. i love it when beer looks like this. a nice dark ruby almost brown. wonderful off white head. i can see why people like this so much smell is mostly malty and lightly fruity. taste is a lot like a barley wine. there is a lot going on here and i am too new at this to describe them all. mouth feel is almoast creamy and dry at the same time leaves a hint at the alcohol towards the end. well worth the price. drink up.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keith-Dark, malty, with a caramel tone to it. Pours like a porter and the taste is like a porter mixed with a barleywine. Complex and strong, butsoon goes down smoother. Interesting tastes going on here, check it out.
meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lovely dark brown color with a prominent malt aroma. It is slightly malty and sweet with no one flavor overpowering the other. All of the flavors meld so perfectly together and is so unbelievably smooth.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick and sweet, looks like the Chicago river flowing through downtown in the chalice. No hint of alcohol, how can this be? This was like a barleywine almost to me and surely the best beer Ive ever had. Perfect.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alright, I’ve been waiting for this one... Pours a deep brown, almost black with a madium to large off-white head. Smells of merlot and malt. Definite dark berry/plum/raisin undertones with a very subtle spicy hop finish. Not as thick as I would have guessed. The aftertaste is a faint plum spice. Worth the wait I’d say. Great brew.