iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 335 mL bottle (1995 bottling, sampled Nov 2010): huge soy sauce aroma that completely puts me off....finally sampled a taste and I am glad I did... Soft cherries, plums and honeycomb. Light, lingering hops with a tasty brown sugar sweetness. The alcohol is wonderfully subdued and balances the sweetness perfectly. I guess 15 years is perfect for this one: 5/5/9/5/17:4.1
330 mL bottle (2001 version, best before 10.2006) compliments of my great Secret Santa - IslandHaole: full creamy, ivory head. Strong alcohol notes in the aroma all but cover fruity malts and lightly bitter honey. Clear, brown garnet. Clean, smooth palate that has a unique creaminess which delivers the rum raisins sweetness and the lightly bitter earthiness in well balanced amounts. The finish returns with the honeyed sweetness and quickly becomes sticky. Interesting and complex…I think that I should have waited for a snowy evening – that may have made this more fun…perhaps I’ll pull out an other example for the next storm…3.5
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Very strong in every way. Should be enjoyed by sipping slowly after dinner. Dark fruits, alcohol and yeast combine to form a complex tatse. Might be a challenge to finish one bottle let alone multiple. Good beer to share with a friend.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
No head what so ever. Still quite sweet. Semi full body. Burnt sugar. Vineous. Rasins, other dark fruits. Rich in alcohols in aftertaste. Good cooking beer...
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the brown of butter in a saute pan just when the nutty aroma hits the air. Little to no carbonation. Aroma: alcohol alcohol alcohol with wheat bread, buttered rum, heady figs, and tootsie roll underneath. Flavor is very strange the first few sips. The lack of carbonation makes it sip like cognac. Very thin palate, seems to coat the tongue quickly, then vanishes. I have to say, I bought it for the novelty ($17.99 for four 12 oz. bottles in Athens, GA), but will probably buy four more to store for a while in hopes it will mellow and become creamier.
garthicus (2893) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Re-rate: Thick ruby colour with a winter-fruit aroma, a spicey-fruit flavour with a long, lingering finish, very enjoyable but I would only drink one or two at most in one sitting.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
2005.....I couldn’t wait. A lighter brown with absolutely no head. Very liquor looking. Smells almost strangly salty. Brown sugar and…well not as much alcohol dominated as I thought it would be. However, I only taste brown sugar and alhcohol….nothing else. I had to look up what “cloying” actually meant the other day. Now that I know the meaning, in Plato’s world of ideas……this is the perfect representation of the term.
Yeah..after more consideration...this is streight up nasty. Drain Pour.
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Vintage 2000 bottle, sampled Christmas Day, 2005. Popped the cap to get a nice, intense raisin and sherry smell. Brown body shows off well under direct light, a bit cloudy and multi-layered. Only trace of a head is a stream of bubbles around the edge. Taste, though, is deeply, deeply sugary.I can see this is the dividing point for many raters. Thick and syrupy. Have to say it does a lot of the chracteristics of beer to become more of an aperitif.
shrubber85 (10359) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Sweet dried fruit and alcohol aroma. Redish amber with no head. Cloyingly indistinct sweet flavor with strong alcohol burn finish. Too sweet for me - was thinking this could be renamed DeKuyper’s Barley Schnapps.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Papago
Aroma of alcohol stands out. Alnong with it is a decent sweet aroma. Dark red body with good head that the alcohol takes away. Flavor has an alchol burn all the way to the belly at fisrt. Then a cherry sweet flavor balances out that alcohol. A sipping beer here not recomended for slamming.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet. Dark Amber color. Not much of a head. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol sensation. This reminds me a lot of Avery’s "The Beast", though I don’t think it’s quite as good. Overall I was very pleased with it and would definitely drink it again. Recommended.