brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours a murky dark amber color without much of a head. There is a definite oxidation to the aroma. Lots of cardboard with the stale sugar and toffee notes. A bit of fruit, maybe some chocolate. The flavor is fairly boring, mostly due to the oxidation. Just sort of sweet and muddled with a bit of cardboard to it. Might be some dark fruit notes and yeast in there.
madsberg (9530) - 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.
Lubiere (9320) - 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.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 08/10/2008
Very malty aroma. Mid brown coloured and rich on the palate with lots of alcohol present. Crisp and slightly dry sweet malt finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.
Ratman197 (8865) - 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.
hopscotch (8460) - 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.
hopdog (8455) - 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.
daknole (8332) - 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!
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Dark brorwn with garnet highlights. Sweet malty aroma, plums, dried cherry, brown sugar, toast, clove and even some banana. A bit of chocolate and some leathery/tobacco like notes. Flavour is quite sweet up front with massive plummy notes all over it. Quickly shows off chocolate and licorice throughout the middle before the earthy hop flavour kicks in. Strongly roasty for the style and quite hoppy as well. As it warms there are some more decidedly non-traditional piny hop resins. Intensely flavoured and quite unusual. I found myself ready to dislike it at first, but once I got through the first 8 oz, I couldn’t wait to finish the rest. The different elements really came together and accentuate the positive in one another. Another year of age will help smooth out some of the rougher edges, but this is a seriously tasty beer even now.