Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Aroma of dark ripe fruits; estery and wheaty. Very malty and sweet, some red wine, caramel, oaky balsamic. Bit of tanginess. Fruity hoppiness, though mild. Strawberries. Murky dark brown with dregs, with thin wispy off-white head. Medium heavy watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts sweet with big malty notes. Caramel and Tootsie Rolls; vinuous with big alcohol flavor. Warming after with carbonic acidity. Mild bitter finish and sweet nutty after. Big on alcohol taste. Not very subtle. Nice cold weather beer but a bit rough. Good fruity esters with wheaty aftertaste.
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 A deep, garnet shade of maple syrup. Aromas leap out of caramel covered fruits and champagne. Flavors of apples, maple, chocolate and a slight hint of hops in the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with a rough alcoholic edge that turns out to be a bit too harsh. An ager.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of dark fruits and alcohol.Appears a dark red color with little head.Get some grapes and dark fruits along with a lot of alcohol.The 12% ABV really stands out.Mouthfeel is thick and oily.Pretty good beer.
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby red color with a head that dissapates quickly, probably due to the high alcohol content. Very dark fruit in the nose with noticeable alcohol. The flavor is much the same with more alcohol in the finish. A warming beer.
Phil (180) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is amazing - Those SA christmas cake notes. Clove Lemony - Anyway, This beer gave me the sleepies on the BART - Backward and forwards 5x ! Concord to Civic Center backwards and forwards.... Eventually got off in WC! MAde the last bus back to Danville... Thanks Steve. It had to be this beer, not the jetlag, the 8 pints previous in the Toronado, and not to mention what I drank in Magnolias... Nice Beer tho.
probstblueribbon (3299) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11,2 oz. bottle (#053188) shared with Lubiere. Thanks Luc! Appearance: cloudy red-brown, lots of yeasty particles, no head. Aroma: vinous, sweet, molasses, big dried fruits, a bit of warm spice, mincemeat. Palate: thick and full-bodied, low carbonation. Flav.: chocolate, vanilla, fruit, toffee, butterscotch. Sweet with a pleasant alcoholic finish and a little bitterness. Would be fabulous for dessert, but I would let the yeast settle out for presentation.
mrjaxson (352) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired for $3 at Milwaukee’s Discount Liquor. Pours to a thin head and a cloudy auburn color. Berry scent, maybe a tad medicinal. Sharp attack to the tongue leads to a big but not overwhelming taste. Goes down pleasantly with a surprisingly smooth finish (considering how big it starts). Definitely recommended.
Borup (7877) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a small head. Fruity and alcohol aroma. Flavour of wheat and alcohol.
KVejsgaard (1) - DENMARK - OCT 30, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is very close to perfect in my book. Very powerfull taste. Can’t be drunk quickly but must be enjoyed slowly on a cold night in front of the fire.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Biergarden, Portsmouth VA, 10/28/06: This is what beer is all about. Bright but deep, dark red. Restrained but almost sour aroma. Also a bit of sour essence. Underlying brown sugar alcohol strength. Classic.