ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky dark amber appearence with very quick dissapering head. aroma is an explosion of different smells, it has lots of spices , some yeast and underneath is the alcohol ever present. Flavor Is not sharp as expected, but full with some plum, raisin etc. Palate is super.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full, hazy tea-brown. Fluffy, long-lived head. Weakish aroma, but whatís there is quite delectable (waffle, butter, pecan, leather). Flavor is fuller, with raisins, rum, honeydew melon and figs cavorting about. Palate is creamy, nevertheless finishing dry but with a slightly salty fullness.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This abbey ale is clearly well made and well liked. Charming, delicious, and fantastic. Can you tell I liked it? LOL If you can find it, relish in itís devine flavor.
IndianaRed (2192) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Bottle pours a quite dark amber/brown with a robust off-white head, that just will not go away. Thick heavy clingy lacing as well. Aroma iss a dark, rich smokey carmely, spicy ensemble. Quite complex and interesting. Flavor is of old wood casks, smoked and musty. rich, full. A bit of licorice and clove. The 10% ABV is not obvious and the feel is smooth and thick. A lot of head and lacing is maintained but the carbonation is fine and soft. Trailer is a llttle smoke, a little alcohol, and all good.
badgerben (4364) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby with a foamy head. Aroma of malts, but not as strong a presence as in a barley wine. Taste is odd... barley, mint, and I would say herbs, but I canít place what it actually is. Itís a bit of a disappointment. It offers some flavors, but not as much as a great beer needs to.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown with Ruby Coloring. Sudsy White Head. Complex to be Sure. Barley, Tastes Almost Minty.. some Herbs/Spices Hard to Identify. Creamy...Very Filling. Not What I Was Expecting, but Definitly a Very Good Beer.
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle. Poured a nice mahogony with a tan long lasting rocky head. Aroma like a spice drawer with a lot happening. Flavor is very wine-like, with a nice alcohol bite that balances the huge malt and thick mouthfeel.
Boutip (4509) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy brown colored beer with what can only be describe as huge foamy super resistant head (do I need to mention perfect carbonation). Aroma is quite complex with some great roastiness and some strange mix of spices. Great roasty taste with a side of spiced plums. I could not detect any alcohol, which is quite a wonder at 10%. Wow, Iím now glad I bought quite a few so that I can cellar some.
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Rerate: 750 corked and caged. Best before October, 2009. Beautiful deep garnet brown colour with a massive pillowy tan head and sticky lace. Sweet malty aroma. Strong breadiness, rye/wheat, toast, plums and great kettle caramelized complexity. Lovely heavy but soft yeasty notes, cherry, plums, dates. Very spicy as well with allspice, clove, and black pepper being the most prominent. Flavour is sweet and fruity. Dark stone fruits, toast, spice. Full yeasty and bready mouthfeel, but not cloyingly sweet. Lingering herbal, slightly minty flavour on the back with a warming feeling in my belly and a cooling sensation in my mouth. Awesome beer.
33 cl bottle best before Jan. 13, 2007. A good choice for #400. Beautiful ruby coloured beer with a smattering of yeasty haze. Thick light brown head. Rich sweet aroma, light coriander and clove spiciness, fruity plum/prune, black pepper, with a healthy dose of alcohol aroma. As it warms a more herbal aroma became apparent, especially mint. Cookie dough chewy malts also become obvious as it continues to warm. Flavour is well-balanced, malty on the front, honeyish, with a fruity middle. Toasted malt in the finish, with a nice warming shot. Very tasty, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/27/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 7/27/04. Pours a murky copper brown, slightly red. Rough and tumble head lingers as a nice, tight cap. Lacing is very good, shimmering but blotchy. Nose has some bread pudding, light clove, brown sugar, and a complex malt medley. Good but not as big as Iíd hope. Flavor has cake, dried fruit, dark honey. Rich with a supersweet cap that stays on top of the dusty, ashen flavor. Lovely full body. Creamy and fluffy with lots of carbonation to dance with the big alcohol. Finishes with prunes, raisins, and the sharp edge of alcohol that battles for ground. Some sips go down better than others. Very good beer, dammit.