DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from September 2003. Dark brown, reddish hues, murky, head like a soft velvet pillow. Aroma of brown bread, raisins, yeast, caramel, butter that is beginning to fry. The body is massively thick, yet soft. Buttery smooth, again with the brown bread, merlot and other red wines, alcohol is quite prominent (as you would expect) and burns slightly for several minutes of each sip. The flavor changes drastically as it warms, and is certainly much more complex over time. The finish lingers, malty as all hell, dry finish with some oolong tea flavors (seriously). Although I don’t like drinking this style too often, this beer is simply world class, with an almost unmatched complexity. A celebration for my 400th rating on ratebeer!
Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 There’s no doubt that this is an excellent beer...although I do agree that it might be overrated. Specifically I mean, that this is definitely a top 50 beer, but I feel it should not be in the top 20. It does have a unique taste (to me the preeminent flavor is grape / raisin). For how high the alcohol content is, the flavor remains divnely sweet and has no harshness. It is difficult to explain my feelings for this beer ... I really enjoyed the experience, but definitely have many favorites that have a more unique identity. Memorable and recommendable, but not the powerhouse I was eagerly expecting. Nonetheless I had to come back and update my rating ... this beer deserves more than I gave initially.
JonMoore (1840) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Onlyfinebeers (23.12.08). Poured an opaque very dark brown colour with a large beige head. Aroma is fantastic; malty, fruity (figs, raisins), and sweet. Taste is slightly sweet, malty, fruity, raisins, plums, and spices. Full bodied, creamy and smooth with a great mouthfeel. The alcohol is warming but otherwise well hidden. I tried this in a ’head to head’ versus Westvleteren 12, I think this just shades it.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 #050808: Pours dark brown with a big, creamy, tan head. Definite 4 for appearance. The aroma is malt, numerous dark fruits, and hops. Definite 80th percentile for aroma, and no higher. Tastes malty, with dark fruit, cabernet, cognac, and prunes. I liked the taste, but it didn’t blow me away. The palate was medium, with a smooth, fairly crisp finish. Also finishes with more fruit and well hidden alcohol. This is a very good beer, but It is heavily over-priced, and IMHO a tad overrated.
hopdog (8760) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a dark, hazy brown with a larger brownish head. Aromas of spices, plums, and raisins. Tastes of spices, malts, fruity, plums, and lightly sweet. Complex aroma and tastes that work very well. Alcohol content hidden. Definitely deserves its top 10 place.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thick creamy off white head, dark brown in color, slight fruity taste but the malt makes this the smoothest beer i’ve ever tasted. it’s like cotton candy in the way that it seems to melt away
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 Bottle. Wow, truly an incredible beverage. Pours dark, dark brown. Head is tan colored and persistant. Great lacing. Aroma is malty, some fruit notes, perhaps fig. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full bodied. Taste is of roasted malt, nice smooth flavor. Balanced well.
whinton (1) - USA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best I have ever had. My wife walked into the room and said that she smelled cologne; I enjoyed the aroma for a few minutes before tasting any. Incredibly complex flavor that made me want to make it last forever.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark opaque brown with a thick, creamy, tan head. The head dwindles and leaves lacing that is thick and clingy; CO2 only visible along the edge of the head. Aroma is malty, roasted, spicy and some hints bubblegum. The flavors are sweet, roasted, fruit, spicy. Sweet start with a tart middle and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and effervescent. A definite warming presence of alcohol. A great beer with a lot of character; complex but not overpowering.
Well-balanced and intense without being over the top.
Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with freshness date of 26/08/08
Deep brown color a light brown head with signs of light carbonation. The head diminished to a fine layer quickly leaving a nice band of lace around the glass. Aroma is initially astringent and wine like, but more complex smells and flavors emerge as the beer warms: fruity bubblegum notes, dried fruits and caramel and an earthy background. Flavor is complex and full: sweet fruity and caramel start with a quick tart middle and a lingering tangy hop finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy with an alcohol finish and a surprising amount of effervescence.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Beautiful dark chocolatey appearance with a creamy head.Sweet toasty nose and wonderful mildly spiced fruity taste.This really does remind me of Christmas cake & yet it has a sweet chocolate taste aswell.It hides its alcohol very well and I feel almost honoured to be drinking it.Wonderful beer!!!!