Ratman197 (10928) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear but very dark brown with a small amber head. Aromas of spices an dark fruit[figs], and a hint of coffee.Flavors of spices[ clove and nutmeg], dark fruit [figs and plums], and dark malt. Dry slightly bitter aftertaste.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark ruby red, thin tan head, rich sweet spicy dark malt aroma with essence of figs, light cloves, and a hint of alcohol, a bit thin, light malt flavor, traces of ripe fruit that grow in complexity and should age very well, nice spicy character balanced against tempered sweetness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Lubiere (10875) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish clear brown with a thin off white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma, with ginger notes, sweet candy and alcohol. In mouth, sweet candy sugar, caramel, licorice and oranges. A good year! Rich and alcohol in mouth. On tap at BCTC 2006.
BeerandBlues2 (10616) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark molasses brown with mahagony hints and a medium diminishing frothy tan head which becomes a rocky film with lined lacing. Heavy malt (hay) wheat and yeast aroma, moderately roasted caramel nutty malt with cellared (cobwebs) notes. Medium bitter acidic hop and moderately roasted nutty malt and alcohol flavor with a hoppy finish. Medium and thick bodied fizzy and slightly dry palate.
madsberg (10611) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Light brown coloured. Flowers, sweetness, fruits and cold tee in the aroma. Flavours of alcohol, spices, flowers and fruits. LIght cocoanotes and liqourice. Medium bodied. Alcohol, sweetnes and cocoa in the end. Very good one. Thanks to BBB63 for this.
daknole (10163) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown pour. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, oak, vanilla and some peat. Flavor is rich and loaded with light chocolate notes, light spice, wood, vanilla, caramel. Nice. Thanks diego!
hopscotch (10017) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Very dark, crystal clear, ruby ale with a small, frothy, lightly tanned head. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma with notes of banana, milk chocolate and coriander. Malty sweet, spicy flavors take the early lead, but are followed closely behind by a calvary of hop bitterness which more than balances things out. Warming alcohol. Full-bodied and lightly oily with lively carbonation. Bittersweet, salty, grassy finish.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium sized tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big toffee notes, citrus hops, some leafy hop notes and chocolate in the finish. The taste is toffee, caramel and leafy, citrus hops. Medium bodied. Faded a bit, but still a good beer.
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with egajdzis (thanks for bringing this over!). Poured a dark reddish/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolates, dark fruits and somewhat earthy. Tastes of light chocolate, dark fruits and spices. Lively body. Drank side by side with the 04 and I liked this one better.
Sammy (9351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial taste very chocolate. Well carbonated, then eased off. In a blind taste, I would believe it was a Rochfort. Abundant cocoa, and bittersweet. Well hopped but not overly so. Significant anise and spiciness at finish. I will look for this again in a couple of years.