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 (1110) - 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 (1736) - 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 (2570) - 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.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2003 vintage bottle at the Maproom in Chicago. No head and a dark amber body. The aroma is caramel and grass. Also some high quality kind and peaches. The taste is very sweet and fruity. This has apples and pears. Notes of caramel and nutmeg come out as this warms. The finish is slightly spicy.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is very sweet with a bread or cookies smell.. It pours an amber color with a small white head that dissapears quickly. The flavor is very sweet and malty with a nice warm alcohol finish. This was a difficult beer to drink.. I had to sip it slowly.. Not my favorite because I like a refreshing beer but it was very good. I have 4 more bottles of 2003 that I will age and sample in the years to come.
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2003): Aroma is malty with fruit, light banana bread, and light chocolate. Pours a dark transparent amber with a small off-white head that diminishes somewhat quickly. Malty up front and extremely sweet maple syrup and banana bread flavors in the finish. Slight alcohol burn and flavor is there in the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Sweetness mellows out as it warms and becomes much more enjoyable. Alcohol also diminishes as it warms. The more I drink, the more I like it.