pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally get around to rating this classic. After pouring from the bottle into a weizenglass, my beer looked just like the photo: thick long lasting head atop ruby red brew. If it weren’t for the clove notes, I’d think this were a belgian strong ale: many complex flavors well blended in this rich brew.
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Bottle Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Not a particularly attractive color. Small white head that lasts a bit. Too coarse for any real lacing. Aroma is very nice. Fruity, Musty, and spicy. Apples, cinnamon and cloves. Quite high carbonation that gets in the way imediately after a sip. The head is maintained byt the profuse carbonation coming up constantly. You can see at the top the bubbles boiling up. Full complicated flavors. ABV masked well.
Finish is somewhat dry with no real bitterness.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 this is the first time i have ever purchased a case of beer a on recommendations alone, but glad i did because this is one amazing beer! pours kind of murky even when poured slowly and head dissipates quickly. sort of a dark golden amber color when held up to a light. many different aromas rise from the glass it’s tough to distinguish
all of them, banana, some other fruit but can’t decide just what it is. caramel is there but lightly, nice malt flavor. perhaps a bit more epervescent that i am used to but no big problem. finish is slightly warm but no noticable alcohol taste or smell, a slight clove taste at the finish. this bottle is fresh, could not find a vintage but sure plan to age some for about a year! wow...this is a wonderful yet confusing beer, easy to drink!
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep copper/burgundy with a big white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, nuts. Tastes malty, with hits of fruit, cognac, nuts, cloves, and a firm, dense finish. Solid mouthfeel. This is a top notch beer.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy clove and banana aroma; big, sweet alcoholic flavor, hints of dark fruits, licorice...slightty medicinal; tart and maybe a little sour finish; I like.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/11/04. Poured out of 500 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 2/11/04. Dark brown in color, sporting a huge, eggshell-cream colored head. Lacing on this sucka is great-- very nicely uniform and shimmering. Aroma is wheaty, subtly yeasty, and with a trace character reminiscent of sweet Autumn-- auburn malts like a great doppelbock. First taste gives a veiled heat and spiciness, yeast and thick, dark wheat. Some of the spiced flavor of cloves to top it all. Nice balance of sweetness and dryness. Body is medium with moderately lively carbonation, mellow but with a hint of cloying caramel sweetness. Very elegant mouthfeel and surprisingly drinkable all the same. Finish is long and bready, like an artisanal bread. This stuff is just fantastic. A true classic.
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
She pours dark bronze with beauty and grace, sizzling right at the top. She’s a fragrant one as well, having both floral and overripe fruit aroma. The flavor makes this beer so alluring and refreshing. The sweet heaviness of the malt (raisins, dough, cloves) is offset by the wheat and lively fizzy palate. The heck with this beauty being a "winter wheat". She is ripe for summer in every way. Save her cousin Eisbock for the winter.
JonMoore (1886) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a dark, cloudy to murky brown. Two inch, stable off-white head. Aroma is banana and cloves with a hint of bubble gum. The taste is quite different from the aroma. Slight alcohol, malty, sweet and spicey, with a slightly bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth, nicely carbonated. Top quality.
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An angry head on this thing. pours a cratering head that disapates relatively quickly. pours a cloudy dark brown. head is off white. berry aroma is noticeable while pouring. sweet banana strawberry taste.also has more complex and subtle flavors of caramel and malt. finish is wheaty but maintains a sweetness. very refreshing, and i can feel the warmth from the 8% already. There are so many different things going on in this beer, it has me intrigued. this has some qualities i associate with some of the abbott ales i tried, but not overly so. a wonderfully enjoyable brew.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2004
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Whew, this is bad stuff. A foamy head, that quickly collapsed, sat on a very cloudy, dirty brown brew. The first taste was of sour, spoiled fruit. Several more swallows didn’t improve my reaction. The rremainder went down the sink.