BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pint 9 oz bottle. Aroma of bread dough, alcohol, and cherries. Nice spoungy tan head with a blackish reddish body. Salty and bitter on the first taste, odd, never experienced that in a beer before, but hey, I havnt been drinking too long. Dry flavor most of the time, but there is some sweetness on the finish. Fresh and Dried pit fruit flavors, tiny bit of bitter chocolate, nutmeg, and perhaps some toffee. Very creamy mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation. Very complex and tasty. Nice beer,
harrisoni (15809) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Malty choc nose that dominates throughout. Tangy hoppy finish. A really good dark brown beer that warms and keeps you interested.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
in bottle. Pours a beautiful dark brown, porter color with off-white head. Black flecks of particulate matter float on top. Aroma is medicinal, with hints of raisins and dates. Very sweet, malty palate. Finishes with a little bitterness and roasted flavoring. Delightful from start to finish.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pured with a frothy off white head. Brown, but has some ruby and purpleish hues when held to light. I get very little from the aroma. Maybe some chocolate, raisin, mostly malt.Fairly heavy on the palate. Light carbanation. No real sign of the 8% alcohol until you swallow, and the just a hint. I’d say I’d go buy another couple of bottles and put the in the cellar, but I don’t think that is what this beer needed. Actually, this beer is probably exactly as intended, just not wowing me.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, thick creamy brown body with a large active caramel lacing head. Sweet candied caramel malt flavor with a smooth palate. Nice lasting aftertaste that makes me want more.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ML best before 04/2009. Pours medium brown with a fantastic bubbly head that bubbled over when the cork popped. Much lace on the glass on the way down. Black specks dot the head letting you know this is a living brew. Taste is very fruity. Plum, fig, maybe even a touch of cherry. And yet a touch of spice. Very complex on the palate. Light and airy yet creamy and delicious. And oh that wonderful afterburn of the alcohol. What a fantastic brew!! This was great!
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Medium brown with a decent off-white head. Typical dark brown malty flavour + perhaps a touch of ...licorice? Body is only medium in spite of the strong alcohol making this rather easy to drink. More dry than bitter, although with a pronounced touch of hops. 051093
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich, dark auburn with a dense frothy tan head. Lots of fine lace. Smells spicy, like spiced apples. Sweet rich malt.
Taste is fruity and yeasty. Spicy. the spiced apple flavor is there again. Winey tasting (vinuous, I guess?). Let’s break the fruitiness down: apples, cherries, plum and sour berry. A light alcohol burn and a lightly metallic finish. Full-bodied but velvet smooth. Exceptionally easy to drink for the style. A really excellent beer and I am not a big fan of dubbels. Bravo!
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy nut brown colour, big foamy beige head. Alcohol and malt in aroma. Strong alcohol and a bit breadish malt in flavour. A bit bitter finish.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Rerate: Gosh is this beer underrated and far better than it’s larger sibling, smooth and malty with a spicy finish...yummy!
Muddled brown hue with a big frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of candi and brown sugar, caramel malt, earthy yeast, sublime caradmom and pipe tobacco. The taste starts sugary sweet with a mighty malt backbone. Follows with a hint of dark fruits, moderate peppery spices, wild grains and hints of whisky. The finish has some dryness and subdued bitters. The feel is sharp and moderately lush with some alcohol presence. A well crafted brew and has some good taste. Beer geek worthy.