dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2003 samples 2006: Aroma of yellow raisins and nectarines, with some yeast as it warms. Appears a beautiful light amber color with little to no head and with slight effervescence of large bubbles. Flavor is sugary sweet and very alcoholic, almost like apple brandy. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this is an interesting brew but I cannot tell if it needs more age to mellow or less age for hop balance.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Poured dark amber brown color and clear. Alcohol burn! And thats just the aroma. Sweet syrupy caramel molasses alcohol. Decent, but still too hot - needs to age a little more, and that was an 03 bottle.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle: Pours a amber color with a fast diminishing off-white head. Alcohol is very evident in the aroma with hints of plum. Flavor starts and finishes with a sweet raisin alcohol flavor with a syrupy feel. A very good sipping beer.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from 2003 - wow that’s sweet and alcoholic. straightforward aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol, but a very sophisticated sweet body. caramelized sugar, dark grainy malt, chocolate, toffee, syrupy alcohol. extraordinarily sweet but not fortunately not cloying - i would recommend ice cream on the side!
Habanero (4026) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle 2004: Wonderfull amber colour. Nice beige, medium lived head. Lightly carbonated. Aroma of malt, burned caramel, toffee and alcohol. Sweet flavour - the burned caramel, alcohol and dark malt returns in the flavour, some apricot notes is present. Medium bodied. Smooth palate. Syrup texture.Sweet/bitter finish. A little too sweet...
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest from a bottle. Beer poured a clear, medium-brown color without any head. The aroma is lightly sweet and malty with notes of roasted grain and caramel, yeasty with a trace note of dough, and packed with miscellaneous notes of honey, candy sugar, cinnamon and—unfortunately—cardboard/oxidation and a trace of diacetyll. The flavor is heavily sweet with a long, heavily sweet, lightly bitter finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft with a significant amount of alcohol burn at the last. If this is Santa, put me on the naughty list! :P
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle: Amber color, thin head. Very malty brew. To me the alcohol came through a bit to strongly. I would really like to try an older bottle of this to see how the flavors smooth themselves out.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Bottle from Styles, Amber in color with tones of orange, very thin head, no lacing, Great aroma of malt and a hint of alcohol, Good taste of malt with raisin or apricot, nice smooth sweet aftertaste. I loved this beer. awesome for sipping.
museofky (15) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled 2004). Caramel smell with a small and quickly diminishing head. Sweet, and I guess I felt like the alcohol taste should have been better balanced (though I guess it’s a wonderful job considering the 14% abv). Not the most pleasant feel, but definately an above average beer. I’m curious as to what will happen when it is aged a bit longer.
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Extremely sweet. Lots of honey. Doesnt resemble beertaste at all. Tastes more like mead. Dont drink this one alone. Needs to be shared.