kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light rootbeer brownish color with excellent clarity and minimal head, probably killed by the alcohol. Munich malty aroma as well as a raisiny fruit; no hop aroma as to style. Caramel aromas and a hint of very, very, very, slight roastiness in the background. Flavors of malty sweetness and raisins dominate initially, caramel is a secondary flavor attribute along with alcohol and a malty finish and slight hop flavor in the aftertaste. The roasty aromas do not translate to roasty flavors. Full body seems surprisingly lighter than anticipated given the alcohol content and a very nicely appropriately warming mouthfeel. The carbonation is higher than my expectations, which probably leads to the initial lighter mouthfeel, but not over done. Mouthfeel is on the dry but not astringent side. Very drinkable for the alcohol content and maltiness in this beer.
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish-brown; decent head; rich aroma like roast beef, rich munich malts, pecans, demerara, tobacco. Wonderful malt palate - demerara again, chewy earth, wood. Long, wonderful malt finish. Hint of alcohol. Damn Eggenberg rocks.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma. Very full mouthfeel. Rich, smooth, sweet, and slight alcohol in flavor. Reasonably well balanced.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Heavy malt aroma with hints of molasses/caramel. Pours a dark brown with small white, mostly diminishing head. Strong malt and toffee flavors. Alcohol also noticeable, but it takes away from the beer only slightly. Very mild bitterness on the finish. A little light on the palate. Much better as it warms towards room temperature.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour malt aroma, deep dark brown in color. Little head. Toffee and molasses sweet. Very faint hop finish. Rather nice, definately to be served at cellar temperature.
bierkoning (11949) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Bottle: Aroma has malt and butter. Full bodied, thick oily and buttery beer. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, raisin, apple, peach and a lot of alcohol. Long roasted bitter chocolate finish. 7 4 7 2 13 = 3.3
Tap, Café de Engel Oldenzaal. Full malty aroma. Sweet but with a firm roasty malt character and in spite of the high ABV, a firm flowery hop character. Warming alcohol. Smooth and well balanced. Good!
Jayb0 (1141) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn't find it a "light on the tongue" as the commercial description suggests. I found it pretty kicking on the tonge with an alcohol wallop and slightly medicinal quality. Pours nice with an appetizing head. It may really cure what ails you.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin clear leather brown appearance, minimal head and lacing. Starts off with a smooth sweet thick malt along with some toffee. Then some mild whiskey mixed with dirt. finished with a lingering smoky sweetness.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown/red color. I got no head here. Steady nose of crystal malt, mineral water, brown sugar, hints of alcohol and others. Medium bodied, creamy feel, hints of airyness making it feel lighter then it is. Flavors of toffee, sweet crystal malt by the boatloads but not overly sweet. Very subtle and well balanced considering its strength. Alcohol is felt but not obviously tasted. Very warming and tasty.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soy sauce. Dark amber body, small tan head, and soy sauce in the nose. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, tons of kick in the finish, with a sweet malty body and some molasses, but without a ton of flavors coming through. A bit too sugary. I did find this quite enjoyable despite its weaknesses.