mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, brewed in 2003. Pours with a very slight head that I tried to get. It drops to nothing, no lace...nice auburn color though. Fairly prominent aroma of malt, fruit (cherry & elderberry other maybe), undertone of slight vanilla and alcohol. Thick and sweet with a hot finish, truffles...I do get some cherry sort of flavor as well...I’d call this elixir rather than beer! A bit of chocolate sweetness shows up in the finish. This is a world better than the EKU 28 I had last week...this one actually has some complexity and livliness to it...some. Still, this is too sweet for me to really enjoy any more than a couple of sips, but in the right place and occaison, this beer would be useful.
TBone (13367) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Vintage 2003
Copper-amber color, quickly vanishing head. Strong nose: alcohol, barley, berries, hints of chocolate or roast. Portwineous palate. Sweet sugary and roasted mouthfeel blended with alcohol, which also warms quite well. This one really shows its ABV, almost like drinking brandy.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lets see here. We have a beer that is amber in color. Dark amber. The head that was there was off white and foamy, but that left rather quickly. No lacing really. The aroma is spicy and sweet. Caramel and candy corn. No alcohol. The flavor is rather sweet. It’s pretty much like malt extract and sugar. Spicy as well. I’m still surprised that I cannot really locate any alcohol in it. The palate is sweet and the body is thick and syrupy. It finishes sweet and leaves a warm sensation in the belly.
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Much too sweet, like liquid cotton candy. Could not tolerate more than a few sips. I would prefer a cheap mass-produced American lager to this. Really.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2003 bottle, I picked it up at D’s Hot Dogs in PA last fall. Looked pretty good - orange golden, short head, clear lacing - yeah, it’s got the look of a high octane brew. Aroma is sweet dark rummy fruits. Taste - this tasted so sweet like it was rotting the enamel off of my teeth and boring right into my nerve endings then leaving a warm trail of alcohol down my throat. OK, sure, there was maybe some dark fruit flavors too - a little plum, but this was just too sweet for my palate.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 aroma is fruity, apples and dates , perhaps slightly chocolatey. Appearance is a very dark amber, virtually no head. very sweet, full bodied with a very warming finish. I really enjoyed this.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had been waiting quite a while to try this beer and it did not let me down. Flavor is a mixture of barley wine and port wine. VERY warming and definately a sipping beer. Great for a cold winter’s night.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour was a beautiful golden copper color. Nose was full of light fruits, apple, pear, little raisin in there, and malts. Taste is alot sweeter than expected but delicious. Like a fine liqour, nice on palate and overall one of the finest brews my taste buds have tasted to date. 2003 version with a few more to look foward to in the future!
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cooper/amber color. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, and some fruit. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and fruit. Body is full and it is very sweet. This should age nicely.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a deep red in color w/ a nice light head and a bit cloudy.. the scent was alcohol, malt, and sweetness. The palat was acidic w/ a warm finish. The flavor was very swweet and malty w/ maybe a hint of chocolate and molasis.. some sweet fruits in the finish. Overall a good strong beer, but maybe a bit too sweet.