stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strange style of beer altogether. Incredible soft body for such strong alcohol, and well hidden at that. Shows what a true craft beer making can be.
Tejas (860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Perfect 5 points on the appearance b/c of the constant lacing as well as the constant head. Malty dark fruit aroma. Slight alcohol flavor. Rich, smooth and very drinkable like all St. Bernardus’ ales. Flavor is malty and fruity(prunes?). Somewhat chewy to the palate. Don’t know if it’s worthy of a 99 rating but it’s definitely a nice ale.
flocco (20) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is God’s gift to us. Simply amazing!!! How a beer with this much Alcohol content can taste so good is genious!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Had to crack this one to mark the beginning of March Madness. Dark brown and murky. Good head that leaves a great lacing. The first thing I noticed was the initial aroma burst, banana, sweet bread, plums, figs, and malts. Flavor was very vinous, very winelike. Alcohol was masked pretty well. When chilled, it’s very malty, a little chocolate. As it warms, it picks up dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums) Dry finish, but not bitter in the least. Overall, it’s pretty decent
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque dark brown w/ lots of sediment. Lasting, creamy, rocky beige foam. Very nice lace. Aroma is richly malty (dark bread, cookie dough, caramel), fruity (plums, raisins), chocolaty, & yeasty (bubble gum). Silky, full-bodied feel. Complex, malty, yeasty flavour w/ a slightly sour edge.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Alex P Keaton in London, Ontario. Pours a dark brown body, with a being head that is huge and frothy. Look at all of this sedimentation here, awesome! Aromas are corriander,raisins, alcohol. Taste is raisns, alcohol, malts, other fruits, bread. Finish is nice, warming, sweet alcoholish prune taste. Nice example of the style!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The brewery that used to make the westy beers. World class stuff. Berries and plums with pears and raisins, soft cocoa and brownsugar. Full bodied great mouthfeel. Some candy sugar and apple notes, with mild anise. Incredible finish that makes you grab for the next exquisite sip.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big ass bottle. this got a red brown color with a nice tan head. smell sweet like a cookie, sugary..sweet malty rasiny, fig kida flava.really a rich beer,chewy kida, . MO’ flavas of friut , caramel slightly. alcohol is not really present very good one
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cellar Temp. Fantastic aromas of sweetbreads, sugarplums, and coffeecake. Dark burgundy with a true, sustaining head. Remarkable progression of flavors. Somewhat sweet with rich, highly complex maltiness. Dark molasses, soft caramel, prunes with hints of strawberrys and cherries. The sip is then transformed by the effevesence into a holy symphony of alcohol light vinous notes and dark fruits backed chorus of Bing cherries (not “cherry flavor”). Proves that Franklin was correct; He does love us.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Map Room Chicago. Deep brown-red. Tight off-white head. Soft mouthfeel. Nice slate-ish and raisin-fig-date fruit sweet flavors. Drier finish than I was expecting. Outstanding.