grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2002 vintage. Surprisingly light and clear--was expecting pitch black tar. Little bit of head which goes away, leaving a heavy, scotch-like body. Nose reminds me a bit of EKU 28 (but not so overpowering). Definite soy sauce presence. Some brown sugar and fruit liqueur, but mostly sweet, sweet, sweet. Flavor is a an interesting side-plot of insouciant jabbing little acidic tartness, followed by a jolt of abrasively brash amber maltiness, followed by a sting in your nostrils from all the alcohol. Displays all the fine deepness of character that any fine cough syrup might. Definitely leaves your throat all tingly and warm; if I ever tried it again, I'd want to try a bottle aged at least 5 years, in the winter time, preferably in the Upper Midwest.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought that the alcohol was way to present. Can really notice the creamy texture of it in your mouth.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pous a deep amber colour with a very quickly diminishing head. Strong sweet aroma of caramel malt and some alchohol. Very syrupy mouthfeel and alcohol taste uo front. Strong malt flavour with a long lasting hop bitterness.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 1996: Certianly a very unique beer. This beer has an awful pour. No head or lacing to speak of. As soon as the bottle is opened you receive the immediate olfactory scent of apricots, cholcoate, plums, maple syrup, pepper, and molasses all in one. Deep brown and gray color with not visual color tone or reasoning. However, after you get passed these two immediate scences of smell and sight, you can then experience the true nature of the beer - taste. It tastes like a chocalately brandy with a molasses liquor shot added to the pour. No carnonation all all. Syrupy and viscous with the taste of alcohol abundant. Warms the stomach and lingers on the palate. Mature and seasoned with complex tannins apparant. Finished with an excellent port-like taste that is very appealing to those who appreciate fine port. Certianly an experinece and one that I will experience again, thanks to Trappist, who provided me with this six-pack of heaven.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice, slightly darker than ruby doppelbock. Aroma reminds me a bit of maple syrup. The taste has a hint of that with some definite 'root beer' flavoring somewhere. Not a bad beer, just not what I expected from a doppelbock.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 1996. Deep brown with a suggestion of red. Fizzy head rises and collapses in seconds, like "the wave" at a ballgame. Nose is cola, licorice, chocolate, pinetree. Tastes of sugary red velvet cake, tootsy-roll, root beer, smoky burnt marshmellows, bitter chocolate, and gingery alcoholic heat. Carbonation barely exists. Medium-light body due to staggering abv. Lasting bittersweet finish, chocolate covered raisins, caramel, gingerbread, licorice.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 ruby and amber absolutely no head. Smells of alcohol,figs, some fruit and makes me think its going to kick me in the ass. malty sweetness, thick on the palate, candy sweetness. warming and a bit rough to get down, this needs some age, I would like to re-try an older version, this one I really did not want to finish, though I can see the potential , your call I would say the older the better, 5 years+
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled in 2001.
Clear amber/red body with a thin white head and heavy carbonation. Aroma is caramely sweetness and alcohol. I was not amused by the harsh, syrupy malt nastiness that hit my tongue upon sipping. I enjoy sweet, malty barleywines and a good doppelbock, but this beer was way too harsh. The alcohol punch was also harsh. Unique, but in a bad way.
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in colour. The aroma is of alcohol, caramel and some sweetness. The flavour was of alcohol first, with some cream and syrupy sweetness. If finishes with a hugh alcohol warmth that lasts for a while in the back of the mouth. Quite nice, but would like to try this aged after a couple of years.
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013
2013-01-31, vintage 2010, 2+ years old, 6-4-8-4-15=37
Beautiful darker amber color, but almost no head, disappearing quickly. It has a mild aroma of caramel and alcohol, too light. Fairly good body strength; the mouthfeel is just a bit oily; caramel flavor, sweet but less than I remembered, with light fruity touch (pleasant) and quite evident although not obsessive alcohol presence.
It’s a bit too simple, missing some character/edges, it seems to have mellowed a bit from a couple of years ago, not necessarily for the better.
2011-05-31, bottled 2010, 1+ years old, 6-4-8-3-14=35
Amber color, clean, with a generous compact head, reducing to a thin layer. Mild aroma of Lager, malt, caramel and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Round body, sweet malty flavor, with some caramel and a hint of liquorice; the alcohol is quite well hidden, while the bitterness is on the low edge. It really reminds me of Eku 28, just less thick and cloying. Pleasant for sweet beer lovers, but without much interesting characteristics.
2003-07-14, bottled 2000, 3+ years old, 9-4-9-4-16=42
Beautiful ruby-amber color, poor head. Strong sweet aroma: malt, caramel, cookies, Christmas spices, liquorice. Extremely strong, malty, well hopped, caramel, Porto wine; chewy; evident alcohol. Long, bitter caramel final.
Exaggerated! Cloying as after dinner; better with spicy food.