sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz. bottle from the brand new natural foods store on Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH. Paid $3.49. This is a perfect-looking beer; very dark garnet color with a thick, frothy, bubbly, everlasting head that leaves froth all the way down the glass; thick globs of yellow floaties abound. Aroma is heavy and full: malts, caramel, dark fruit, rotting vegetables, spicy, alcohol; unfortunately the less apparent smells are too subtle. Flavor is strong and really nice but just not as easily describable as the rest of this beer; taste is malty with sugar and some dark fruits; the alcohol bite is just perfect here, though. Somewhat more carbonated than I was hoping, and barely thin; otherwise silky and not sticky. Overall this is a very solid beer; I think some people do overrate this just a tiny bit; I donít quite see the complexity in the flavor that some people claim. However, this is a very good beer at a price that isnít terrible in comparison to some other comparable brews. Very good.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours a dark cloudy mahogany brown, with a thick cream coloured head. Aroma is of malts, caramel, candy sugar, plums, rasins,..... lots of fruit and spices. Taste is sweet, fruity(rasins and plums), candy sugar, spices, some alcohol. Full bodied, and with a long sweet spicy aftertaste. A truely great beer
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gift from Paul for no apparent reason. In his honor, I promise there will be no more mispelled words in my reviews. Pours dark red brown, huge head that settles into a frothy coating on the beer all the way down the glass. Um, hits you kinda hard if you drink too much too fast. Smells like a Belgian ale, tastes like a Belgian ale, but thicker and smoother than average, great carbonation and a beautiful sweet aftertaste if you let it warm up. Yum. You could have this for dinner -- itís fat free, too! $10 at Clark and Foster.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells great right from the start. Delightful head. Creamy. Delicious. Gives westy a run for itís money.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Purely delightful! One of the best beers Iíve had. Love the reddish hue, yeasty aroma and flavor, smooth in the mouth, long aftertaste.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Started well and got steadily better. Appearance was unassuming: dark brown and cloudy with a greyish head. Aroma was unexpectedly sweet with a hint of apple. Then came the taste: sweet, plummy, sour, alcoholic, like Christmas pudding, with a lovely little bitter close at the end of each sip. Outstanding.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 What a beer should be. If you are looking for a measuring stick this is it. Rich, creamy, complex and smooth. Could possibly be perfection in a bottle.
PeteOvertone (13) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My reaction when I took the first sip was that of "oh my." I actually thought it was a bit overwhelming with a fruity flavor. I didnít like it at first, but then the after taste kicked in and it finishes wonderfully. After a few more sips, the initial flavor that I didnít like was gone (or I got used to it). It was like I found a new best friend. Great Beer!
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2005 Really dark beer with a thin, but lasting head.Smells like demarera sugar and the tase is wonderfully fruity and cake like.Fantastic brew and Im very glad that Ive got another one stashed away!
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured hazy brown with a small but lasting head. Aromas of dark fruit, currant, caramel, and molassas. Flavors were similar with a warming alcohol on the finish and some extra spices in there too. What great stuff!