Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of head, pours a cloudy brown color, malty, sour aroma, sweet taste, some honey pressence, very rich and thick body, tangy citrus present finishes smooth. Good carbs for being real smooth, dark fruity tastes from somewhere.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy red/brown with a ivory head. Aroma is filled with rich sweet malt, dark fruit, and spice. Taste starts sweet and rich with a dark fruitiness, maybe plum, and spice, and ends with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out. A very complex taste that is very smooth and very enjoyable.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deepest brown. LIttle islands of thick bubbles. The aocohol was so effecrive that it rendered the rest of my notes incomprehensible. Must have been wonderful!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured mahogany with rich tan head...very sweet aroma...caramel, alcohol, some earth fruits but not too much...seemed a little light bodied...tastes caramel, malt, alcohol...seemed a little too carbonated...finish was sweet and alcohol...
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with a tightly beaded head. Some sour aromas mixed in with some vanilla and carriander. This beer has all too much candi sugar. A somewhat thin body. Some maltiness. But overall, pales in comparison to the Traps.
awaller05 (304) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting smell awaits you as this one is poured. Alcohol with a tinb smell, reminds me of a brown ale. With the first taste comes the taste of raisons and brown sugar. Nice finish with no bad aftertaste. Wish I had another bottle.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer! One of my preferred beers. Fine and foamy head that disappears quickly. Colour is opaque dark. Very complex aroma (raisins, plums, caramel, rhum...) and enormously complex taste (discreet alcohol, fruity, spicy, malty...). Hop is well balanced. I love this beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a deep russet color. Head is off-white and long lived. Lacing is great. Aroma is malty with notes of alcohol, some fruit also. Taste is malt and fruit. Smooth texture. Alcohol is subtle. Nice finish.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Tap into trappist glass @ Map Room, Chicago. Big beer that tastes big and carries its alcohol well. Beautiful in the glass: robust brown-black is completely opaque, and the head seems just as thick, much like mousse in its consistency, a nice lighter shade of beige and incredibly (almost pasty) lacing on the side of the glass. Full bodied and incredibly creamy (melted milkshake thickness). The complexity in flavor is subtle: you can smell the dark fruits and a bit of the maltiness, and the plums hover right beneath the texture while the beer is in your mouth. Good sweetness, balanced by bread and a hint of acid. The aftertaste is light but diffident, and has a gentle hops kick. Incredibly drinkable for its size, perhaps not challenging enough to be among the elite.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Just happened to look back at my rating of this great brew from 3 & 1/2 years back and my neck is growing weary from all the head shaking that Iím doing. The bottle Iím drinking from was purchased at that time, only know Iím revelling in the fruity aroma - plums, dark grapes, raisins - enjoying the smooth, creamy hot palate, and luxuriating in the complexity of fruity tastes, alcohol, dark sweet malts, and subtle spiciness. Much to my surprize, Iím older now still.
Original Rating - 9/7/2004 - 6/3/7/2/15 - 3.3.... What a Dork!!!!!This has a nice fruity flavor, a strong alcohol appearance, but is not too overpowering in its complex flavors as you drink it. It looks good in the glass and goes down quite smoothly. My only complaint is that is has a strong, sour wine aftertaste.