JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Orange-amber colour with a thin, sticky white head. Sweet aroma of clover honey, some fruitiness, raisin, apricot, floral sweetness. Flavour is nicely sweet, port-like vineous body, raisin and plum sweetness. Very little in the way of hop character. Alcohol is definitely here, but not really in flavour, more in hot warming mouthfeel. Sweet honey flavour, red grapes, faint spice. Really reminds me of a nice tawny port. I see the attraction to this beer.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very enjoyable nose to this, sweet raisiny malt. The alcohol is present from start to finish (very much in the finish!). Medium in body with a dark fruit/raisin flavor. A bit on the cloying side for this 2004 version, more of a dessert beer.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a very enjoyable beer. The aroma had nice scents of vanilla while the taste was full and sweet. I had the 2003 bottling a year after. Definately something worth trying.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wowsers!! 14%ABV!! The alcohol doesn’t hide from you. It’s potent! Tastes sweet with hints of apricot and raisin. Would fit well as a dessert beer but for a daily drinker I’d have to say nay.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Vanilla sweet toffee scented beer,really beautiful sherry colour and unmistakable alcohol taste.At 14% you kind hide the alcohol, but it doesnt spoil it.Great sweet beer,every mouthful is as strong and flavourful as the last.Im drinking this from its own glass and I feel proud to do so,wonderful!! ( No fun for the wife tonight though! Lol! )
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 2003. Poured a claer copper color. Big sweet malt aroma and flavor. Dark fruits, cherry, and brown sugar. Alcohol doesn’t hide from you. Full bodied thick and chewy.
1990 in 10/2007:Great aged malt. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, chcolate and alcohol. Very warming.
rlgk (15801) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shiny amber, no head. Very malty aroma, with nutty notes and also figs and prune. Flavor is malty as well, alcohol is there of course and makes the beer malty and sweet. Very complex to be a lager...
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK, note to self, this is the desert beer for any first date... It has a sweet pancake-syrup like flavor with a hint of carmel, toffee, vanilla, and rum raisin?? I don’t know. I think the alcohol has my taste buds hallucinating.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Candy malt aroma. Flavor obviously includes stong hints of alcohol, especially in finish. Syrupy sweetness with a very full mouthfeel. Definitly enjoyed this one.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, 2004 vintage) Orange coloured, white head, fastly disappearing. Malty nose, notes of fruits (apricot), fruit brandy. Very similar to a fine dessert wine. Sweet taste, fruity,malty, honey character. Very full bodied, sweet alcoholish finish. Try it with/as a dessert...