ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 2004 bottle. Chestnut brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma of ripe apples, brown sugar, plums, and vanilla. Flavor is bursting with sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, and I detected a hint of tobacco as well. Alcohol is tremendously well masked, it’s detectable, but mellows a lot as the brew warms. Earthy, almost scotch-like finish. A beautiful beer.
Svesse (7848) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled in 2005) Amber colour with a bubbly, disappearing head. Nose is fiery, powerful and very complex with nuts, fruit (cherries, wild berries, apricots), hints of marzipan and sugar. Definitely some burnt notes (a bit like Madeira). Taste is very sweet and complex with dried fruit (apricots, prunes, raisins, dates), brown sugar, chocolate and, again, notes of strong wine, but this time more like oloroso sherry. It is hard to compare this with any other beer and I suppose it is as likely to hate it or to like it. After some contemplating I find myself in the latter category. Despite the ABV and the almost cloying sweetness, it is well balanced and very tasty. Might actually get better with some years in the cellar, that might round off the edges a bit.
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Been waiting along time to try this monster. Pour is a red with no head. Aroma is winey and loads of dark fruits. Flavor is a alcohol punch in the groin. Tastes like a very and I mean very strong sherry. Cherry and grapes aplenty. Very thick and oily mouthfeel. Can’t recommed it as the alcohol is way to strong and it makes me almost gag.
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad but the alcool hide all the flavor so all you can feel is how hign it is in alccol
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 vintage: A deep, dark amber brown colour with a light effevescence. A distinctive sweet, bitter, chocolate nose with a malty tone. A strong bitter sweet taste with the dark chocolate element coming through again. A grapy, Sherry taste comes through with a dry wine hint. There is a touch of malt in the finish.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
330 ml bottle. 2004. Really low head. Strong alcohol taste. It remembered me of a scotch ale. Clear amber color. It was nice but won’t be on my regular list.
brianprentiss (697) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is certainly an above average DB, but at the price that you normally have to pay for it ($4.99 at World Market), it is simply not worth it. Ayinger is much better and can be found for much less $...at least in California. The alcohol is almost overwhelming in the 2004 (drank early 2006), I would love to have one about 5 years old to compare.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 2001 bottle, thanks to Eyedrinkale. Super super sweet and cloying. Some port wine/grape, plum and cherry flavors are washed out by an overbearing syrupy sweetness. Alcohol also plays a HUGE role, giving me that shudder I get from straight liquor. Ovbiously, massive alcohol warming. Virtually zero carbonation. A tiny touch of roasted grains at the very end. Similar to a barley wine with no hops to balance it. I’m not sure what others see in this beer. I feel bad giving such a low rating, since I know some people enjoy this, but it certainly isn’t for me. I can’t even finish the bottle. It’s going down the drain.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 11.2 oz: 2004 vintage) Clear copper color, not much head or carbonation. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of malts, raisins, caramel and apples. Overly sweet taste. Tons of malt and some apple flavor. Not much alcohol present. Candy sweet all around. I think too sweet.
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Père Noël, Père Noël, emporte moi de la bière! J’en ai eu, j’en veux plus, fourlez tout dans bouche!" En tout cas, c’est fort ça, très réchaufant et un très bon goût chocolaté.