JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice sweet aroma with roasted malt. Small, light beige head. Deep and rich garnet color, almost opaque. Roasted coffee/bitter chocolate flavor balanced with a nice sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Very nice winter ale.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2002: I’ve let this beer sit for many, many months now.
Surprisingly opaque; the body is as crimson black as moonless night on the ocean, a kaki dense sea foam head rest calmly. The nose is full with raisins, coco, and roasted coffee beans. It smells toasty and inviting.
Wow, almost porter like. The flavor is large with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate malts, toffee, and gooey sugar rolled ripened figs. Some smoky notes of molasses, and then cola make themselves known. This is much too enjoyable! The palate is medium, somewhat prickly, the finish is a smoky coffee with a dash of nutmeg. –Surprisingly good brew -Best once it has warmed up to 60-65!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thick off-white lacy head. Mildly roasted sweet aroma with a hint of cinnamon. Body has a mild caramel sweetness and a dry roasty finish. Nice subtle complexity, but still is too overwhelmingly dry. Has a sort of typical standard micro flavor to it that's hard to describe. Still a decent brew.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown hue with a frothy tan head and good lacing. The aroma hints of toasted caramel and mocha malts, bubblegum, nutmeg, allspice, floral hops, smoke, coffee, and earthy yeast esters. The taste start mocha sweet with an acidic, fruity and bitter undertone. The finish displays a coffee, spicy and smoky nature. Complex layers of taste which honestly shocked me a bit, wasn't expecting all that. Dry and soft mouthfeel, nice. This is a most excellent winter brew with good balance and nice use of spice components. Highly recommended.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, at Federal Jack’s, Kennebunk, Maine.</br> Dark brown, with a frothy brown head. Roasted malt and vanilla notes throughout. Smooth palate and a treasured rate in the US considering its own of only 3 brews I saw on hand pump. The down side to this was that I ended this season in pieces.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2004 Total Score: 3.5
Cask, @ Federal Jack’s, Kennebunk, Maine.</br> One of the two hand pubs on that day. Dark brown fluffy head. Lovely looking porter / old style ale. That gets me every time. Big chocolate flavours amongst the malts. Enjoyed this thoroughly.
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark dark brown color and tan frothy head. Toffee, roasted malt and chocolate with some syrup. Could be spicier or hoppier, but nice.
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark. Looks pretty much black. The head was light, but not white, and fizzy. Soon faded to nothing but the circle of bubbles caused by the scoring at the bottom of my Petrus Triple snifter. The nose is heavy on the apple peels. Caramel, apples and assorted fruits are dominate in the flavor, but there's a lurking char flavor that stirs things up a bit. A really interesting beer and I can't really say I've had anything like it.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malt and caramel nose. Black with a little head. Medium malty taste, roasted. Nice.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahoganey. Ivory head that lasts for a whileThe richly complex nose just bursts with the aromas of bitter chocolate, plums, raisons, dark brown sugar and nutmeg. Plums, black cherries and alcohol dominate the initial taste. The midtaste reveals hints of dark chocolate, raisons, spices and a hint of orange. The aftertaste is clean and only marginally bitter. Smooth mouthfeel. A delicious dark fruitcake in a glass.
Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Dark amber. Caramel, diacetyl and a good bit of earthiness on the nose. Somewhat earthy, chocolatey character with slight diacetyl issue. Kind of watery.