Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and cloudy. Off white head with an aroma of hops and fruits. Heavy flavor but still not too stout. Great beer.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 330 ml bottle presents a cloudy, dark brown body with large, frothy tan head that leaves ample lacing. There is a rich, sweet, caramel malt and raisin-like, aroma with some hops and a hint of alcohol, maybe even a touch of cinammon. Initial palate is quite sweet, but balanced by the long-lasting, dry hop and warming alcohol finish. Mid-palate brings plum, raisin, ripe banana, sour cherry, clove and anise. Quite bold, but light in body and mouthfeel, this ale truly excels at the appropriate serving temperature. Excellent.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee, pours beautifully, wonderfully complex flavor. Worth every penny.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep amber color with slight sediment and a big creamy head that lasts. Nose is very balanced and inviting-- light caramel malt, sweet raisin and tart fruit, and a flowery yeast aroma that is out of this world! Flavor delivers on all of these, with a smooth mouthfeel and completely masked alcohol throughout. I enjoyed this a little more than the 10. I think the lower abv in the 8 really allows the terrific yeast profile to shine through. Good stuff indeed!
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 IT is a great beer, endeed, but the smoked taste is sometimes annoying for me, but the quality is there, it worthed it what I payed for it. Finally I got it.
can8ianben (1394) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice big swooping aroma. Sweet and winelike, fruity and bold. The appearance has a big frothy head on top of a dark brown/amber colour. Some lacing and yeast sediment. Flavour is also bold, big, malty, very sweet, alcohol, big fruit, tasty. Its smooth, nice for sipping, watch the alcohol buzz.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque bronze with a dense creamy looking head. It has the familiar Belgian smell, hinting at sweetness and raisins. A bold feeling of carbonation runs down the center of the tongue while a dry, almost white wine feeling slides down the edges of your tongue. As it warms up the oils come out and bring the flavor with it.
saxo (14705) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy coppery brown with a large rocky tan head that settled in a few minutes. Bread and fruit aromas with some subtle spice notes. Flavor of fruit esters on top of a caramel malt base. A bit of a wine like flavor with the alcohol just barely coming through. A sense of licorice can be found too.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 A Mes rate:
A damn fine beer. Stunned to find this was not on my rates list. Raisins and chocolate aroma. Glorious appearance. Almost black and opaque with a thick pillowy head that settles slowly to a decent covering that lasts until you drain the glass. Lots of lace as you would expect. Wonderfully full bodied and complex. Creamy and smooth with lots of dark fruits and more raisins and chocolate. Amazingly satisfying creamy finish which eventually turns bitter. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. MMM toffee and christmas pudding.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has a dark sienna brown color and a thin head. Aromas contain: mushrooms, cellar, burned brown sugar, dates, raisins, orange and very strong—nearly overpowering—scents of alcohol and malt. The taste starts off being moderately sweet, but with a slight bitter kick on the back of the tongue in the finish. The body is moderate and the palate is smooth and well-carbonated. The strong alcohol aroma and taste became a bit too heady for me and made this beer hard for me to finish.