Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. big 'ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. Freshness date on metal cap was 7/2008. Must be fairly fresh then.
Loud pop releases the cork, satisfying hiss of carbonation escaping from the bottle. Poured out a murky, cloudy reddish - brown color, with a huge off-white head. It leaves a more than decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Thick, yeasty matting on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of candi sugar, dark malts, slight caramel, toasted bread, and Belgian yeast. Tastes are of caramelized sugars, Pilsner malts, and Noble hops. Spicy hop bite to it, and a decent maltiness as well. Mouthfeel is slightly thinnish.
Dry finish to it as well. A decent double, but not my cup of tea.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy brown orange with a medium head with small persistant bubbles. Bready plums that are swimming happily in alcohol. Smooth and almost creamy. The body is filled with small bubbles. Caramel notes at the end. This is the best beer that I've had all year.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown. nice creamy head. aroma is sweet and yeasty with a citrus hop presence. flavour is well balanced sweet and malty with an understated vinious almost sour brett tang and hop bite. Excellent beer I'll have to find some more of this!!
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy brown with a large tan head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, with a little grain. Flavor is strong. Sweet and malty, dried dates or prunes and caramel. A good yeasty kick. A nice bitterness and alcohol balances nicely. A VERY good beer.
PorterPounder (5473) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown appearance with a mocha colored head - excellent thick lacing. Sweet, tangy aroma - reminds me of raisins and brown bread. Flavor has the same elements with an ever so delcate lacing of alcohol. Also detect some prune flavor (I like prunes!) Goes down ever so smoothly. One of the smoothest drinking Belgian Strong Ales I have had. The monks are doing it up right at St. Bernardus!
Aurelius (4125) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma -- grain, a little floral, boozy. Good label, good walnut colored brew with camel-colored head. Very well-balanced, rich, with an alcoholic kick. It would make a good mincemeat stock. Very, very good.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Belgian ale, almost felt like a trappist with its spicy carbonated mouthfeel. Good amount of alcohol in it to make it a meal drink though it would stand alone as a meal with its full finish.
JMerritt (1793) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red-brown in color. Head is tan and initially very large, but is mostly diminishing. Lacing is heavy and sticky. Tiny, steady bubbles constantly stream from the center of glass. Delicious aroma: raisin, date, plums, gingerbread, watermelon and caramel. Prunes, caramel and some alcohol in the flavor. Moderately carbonated. Tingly, medicinal and cool finish. Very delicious.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This belgian strong was originally brewed by, and is now dedicated to Richard Pryor, the famous freebasing comedian who as you probably know also invented the kite, chocolate ovaltine, and lightning. Nice dark chocolate (dark!) opaque color. This one's malty too like all of the St. Stephen brews but this time it's bitter, too. Nice balance. You know what other raters are saying about the plums and all that fruity stuff? Well, they're right too. Nice dry finish. Medium to high carbonaion. Way to go, St. Funkmaster!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. corked bottle. Large light tan, fluffy head. Dark brown, mostly opaque liquid. Dusty malt aroma. Tastes is spicey with notes of nuts. A little heavier than most dubbels I have had. Vey nice, not as sweet as the St. B. 12.