Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown color,tan head.Sour tart malt nose.
Carmel malt flavor with hardly noticeable alcohol heat.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of brown sugar,spices and alcohol then got mildly fruity as it warmed up.Sweet flavors of pinapple,raisins,candy sugar,cherries and a touch of chocolate with slight hop bitterness towards the finish.The complexity of this beer suprised me.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma. Smells like Kasteel. Lightly sween toffe-raisin flavor. Up to that point it’s great. It goes downhill with the finish. Finish is burnt and bitter. Bottle did not have any pop when opened, but pour produced a nice head. Bad bottle?
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aroma, inviting when discernable. The flavor is wonderful caramel with spice. The hint of sourness works well with the creamy palate. Not extremely complex but terribly enjoyable. I would buy this again.
jazz88 (2608) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark red in color with a tan head. A sour red fruit aroma with some hints of sweetness. Malty, acidic, candy, and dark fruits in the flavor.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Pour produces almost zero head. Color is a nice amber brown. Aroma is date and/or raisin mixed with caramel. Flavor is sweet and has probably the best balance of any beer that I have tasted for some time. Finish is a bit like a fine single malt.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots and lots of fruits and esters. Carmelized, perfumy aroma. I want to say bubblegum although I feel it’s out of place. Lots of alchohol in the mix, but it’s well complimented by the burnt sugar. The sweet malt stays on the palate for quite a while, refusing to let it’s presence be forgotten. Definitely a beer for malt enthusiasts.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-Rate 11/24/02: The beer pours a beautiful translucent dark ruby red with a creamy head that is impressive in size, the lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, sweet bubble gum and ripe banana also light hits of caramel, one fine smelling beer to please the senses. Front is ambrosial with a skimpy top and a tart finish that is also bitingly acidic, the hop presence pronounced. The beer is a pleasure to drink, and a bit of a “Winter Warmer” for sure as the high ABV, will “Warm” the “Tummy. Ranks #173 on my current 1000 beer master list.
1BeerWench (3) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice malty flavor. Sweet with nice caramel aroma. Medium bodied. Beautiful dark amber color. A thin light tan head that maintains itself. Enjoyed this very much. I’m going back for more.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
too much like a wine. very sweet. like a marsala wine. alright for a dubbel tho.