bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 bottling. Nice rich aroma. Dark vanilla color. Deep, pleasantly sweet flavor, almost like a sherry.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very robust, sweet roasted, malty flavor. Incredibly complex and quite impressive. Caramel, maple, molasses and other delightful winter warmers.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 [my goodness how tastes change - this is still a quality beer, but it’s ever so sweet - only god as a digestive] Bottled in 2001. Whoa! This beer rocks! It tastes like a toned down version of WWS, but not toned down in flavor, just in alcohol content. The appearance is deep ruby red, looking very much like a great barley wine instead of a double bock. The flavor is roasty, malty and sweet, all in extreme amounts. Very over the top flavor with a suprisingly smooth finish. A great dessert beer. I have no idea why the overall rating is so low. This most certainly deserves to be in the top 50. Outstanding!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 2002 I am sure I'll be rerating this one. This beer has to sit a while it is way to young to drink now I just couldn't wait. The flavor is way to sweet.
2003 Surprise to me that this one is not as sweet and more drinkable then last years.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very strong, almost wine or brady like, tons of alcohol, a bit bitter and overbearing though.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found this on tap at D’s six packs and dogs in western Pa. Slightly reddish color. Very little head. Warm spicy nose. Very noticable alcohol content. Very sweet fruity taste. Great beer. Veryinterested to see how the bottled version compares
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 A sure sign that no one should base the quality of a beer on its alcohol content. The sharply alcoholic taste is somewhat enshrouded in a sweetness. Eating chocolates while drinking helps to hide it, but the ABV remains obtrusive. It certainly is warming, but it’s difficult to not set down repeatedly. It took me awhile to finish my first one. I don’t really plan on blowing the cash on this one again.
EDIT (4/09/05): Had this on the tap at the Capital Ale House. There’s a substantial difference in quality between this and what I previously tasted in the bottle. The alcohol is still noticeable, but it’s far less obtrusive. Malt is overpowering here, and my general impression is that I’m drinking pure sugar cane. A very doppelbock doppelbock. I still couldn’t drink it regularly, but it’s nicer than before.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
the best and strongest lager.. excellent after dinner..
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 Vintage: Room temperature. Pours a clear, medium dark brown color. A small white head forms as you are pouring but immediately disappears, leaving no head at all. Nice grape like aroma, with hints of malts, vanilla, and alcohol. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. Thick, rich, and very delicious. Intense malt flavors with tones of vanilla and grapes that intermingle with the alcohol punch. Fantastic brew, leaves a wonderful sweet malt flavor on your lips and a lovely alcohol warmth in your belly. Wonderful!!
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinrage 2001. Mine was too young. It was actually a kind of unfinsihed. The extreme sweetnes and alcohol domination in the taste, really got me in the right christmas mood. Notice that I rated this on chrismas eve. However it really makes you tired and lazy. No head at all and very close to port wine or something similar.