BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown mahogany color with a nice sized head that stays until the end with enough lacing to cover the inside of the glass. The aroma has a nice mix of yeast and dark fruits with a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor is pretty sweet with a light bitter hop end. The finish is very malty and full bodied. Overall this is a well rounded and smooth BSA with a fair amount of complexities. Well deserved of its reputation.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red when held near a light, darkens to a nice brown away. Rather large head of small bubbles that looks to be leaving a fair lacing behind it. Lots of bread comes out first in the nose with several fruits (plum) and some spice lying underneath. The bread/yeast is still there in the flavor though not as much. Sweet malt is there as well, some of that aforementioned fruit, finishing with a bit of an alcohol flavor that I've noticed in most of the St. Bernardus beers I have had. A nice creamy palate with some alcohol left behind in the aftertaste. A pretty good strong.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours an opaque walnut color with a tan/grey head that quickly disappears. It's a bit roasty in the flavor, along with some maltiness. quite enjoyable
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cloudy reddish brown appearance, exceelent head formation. Sweet fruit, cherry, malt aroma with strong alcohol. Throws a little fruit and bubble gum at the front of the palate turning toasty and dryish in the finish.
joet (2043) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very creamy, raisins and fig with distinct light cocoas. Yeasty and complex with enough bacterial twist to be interesting but unchallenging. Looks great in the glass with a generous and perfect head. I'm very glad this one arrived in Texas. I prefer the 12 but this one is really something special.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just like the commercial description, deep hazy-brown, with a frothy tan head. Sweet like brown sugar and prunes and figs. Delicious. Full bodied, sweet finish. This is one excellent Strong Ale guys and gals.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark rich brown color. Deep tan frothy head. Intoxicating sweet malty aroma. Has a sweet smooth body and texture. A mixed flavor of dates, raisins and other fruits ring the palate. A very drinkable and inviting Strong Ale.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical cloudy brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was full of raisins and other dark dried fruits. The flavor was very sweet, yeasty, and full of raisins. Soft feel...wet finish.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark ruby red, with a big thick and creamy off-white head. The aroma is sweet, sour, and spicy. Malts in the beer were very noticable and dried fruits are noticable. Overall this was a very well-balanced and enjoyable beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours an opaque brown color, the head mountainous and light tan that is also semi-creamy in texture with the lace forming a silk like curtain to conceal the glass. Sweet malted grains, bubble gum and hints of yeast, maybe even an over ripe banana, at any rate a first class nose to be sure. Start is rich in malt, lightly sweet; the top feels full and rich. Finish has a suitable acidity and the hops are unobjectionable in their spicy bite, very dry somewhat vinous aftertaste, and the 8 percent ABV does warm the tummy, a most pleasing beer to end the day.