Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle Conditione. Absolutely brilliant tasty great beer. This is at the top of the tree for a reason.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Loved the 8. Didnít like the 10. Looked good with a cloudy copper body and thick beige head. Toffee and nuts and candy in the nose. Bitter taste that just put me off. Was decent but not very enjoyable. 8 is much better.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown/orange almost black with no head. Aroma was currant/blackberry. Taste was like a port with some alcohol burn on the tongue and currant and licorce in the taste as well as some fruit. A very good beer but too much alcohol overtaste for me.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brilliant, looks like a beer should look. Brown with a full creamy, off tan head that has nice lacing. The aroma is sharp and astringently fruity. One of the most complex flavors Iíve ever had. Very clean and organized. A hint of smoked or roasted malts is present with heavy fruits (raising, plum) but they are lightly represented, I hope that makes sense. Itís difficult to describe just what this beer holds, because it is truly on a higher level than other beers Iíve had in the past. Itís a tight, concise package of a beer. Very well done.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black, silky and oily. Alcoholic/fruity aroma (gooseberries and plums) and intense malty/chocolatey palate.
Lunkie (1363) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spiritus aroma with dark head. Bitter malt flavour with sherbert fizzy palate.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I saved this one for my 100th rating! With a bbd of 01 07 08, that makes this one over 10 months old. It has a similar nose to the 8: alcohol, licorice, oak, cheese, boot leather, tobacco; the flavor? What can I say? EXQUISITE! Itís complex, sweet, slightly sour, oaky......just TRY it, will ya? Iím gonna stop writing and enjoy............
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Very enticing aroma of sweet dark fruit, spices, chocolate, charcoal, a touch of alcohol. Dark brown with sedimented yeast and large off-white head that diminishes to a thick ring. Sweet, dark chocolate, mild alcohol, oak, dark fruit - especially plum, with an underlying earthiness. Lively carbonation. Mild alcohol warming. Strong body and very full mouthfeel. Enjoyed with MartinT (Thank you). Bottle.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Creamy, tan head; gorgeous violet color. Aroma: dark, dark, dark, with spices, dark fruits, grapes, berries,strawberries...distinctly port-like,plummy, raisinish. Terriffically strong, incredibly warming, the feel and the heat of a glass of cognac! Absolutely perfect!