saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are wonderfull balanced malt, spices, caramel, fruits. Good one.
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown color with a large lasting tan / off white head. The aroma is caramel, spice, malty sweet, sour cherries
very complex. Flavor is very much the same, caramel, spicy, malty, dark fruit (raisins), yeast, alcohol. This is a very complex beer to say the very least. This is an amazing brew, on a very short list of beers that actually stands up to the hype. I loved it!
alexsdad06 (9141) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a large lasting beige head. The aroma is caramel malt, fruity like you find in many Belgians, spices, moderate sweetness, and a hint of banana. The flavor is more sweet dark malts up front. Caramel, dark fruits (raisin, cherries), spices, biscuits, and some alcohol mix wonderfully throughout. This is definetly a standout beer. Complex and extremely drinkable.
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
unfiltered brown/red. no head what so ever. aromas are sweet/sour, cherries, cinnamon, caramel. Stone fruit flavors with a not too heavy sourness. Maybe a fig of fig. There is an efferensce about it.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 330 mL bottle purchased at Bruisin Ales. Poured a dark cola brown with a medium tan head. The aroma was spicy with yeast notes, dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor was fruity with warming alcohol and candied sugar. The palate was awesome. A warming mouthfeel from the alcohol, with a chewy feeling as well. Good carbonation and a medium/full body add to the enjoyment. This was a great beer.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours opaque dark brown with a tan head that lingers during the whole glass and laces from top to bottom. Aroma is sweet, spicy, yeasty, and has a touch of alcohol to it. Flavor is amazing. Dark fruit, candi sugars, biscuit, yeast, and alcohol. Overall is a great brew.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Black garnet hue; tight tan cream. Powerful aroma of warm, pungent spices and bright alcohols; biscuits, candied fruits and burnt, sugary malts all embrace. Toffee sweetness explodes into spices and a mild raisin acidity with a drying alcohol finish and jammy aftertaste. Fluffy mouthfeel—velvety in texture, pinpoint carbonation, weightless.
Light and dark, rich and delicate, an intoxicating interplay.
33 cl bottle, dated 2007, thanks Jukkabro.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottiglia da 33cl al Mulino di Villaromagnano (con tortellini panna e prosciutto completamente DOMINATI e sottomessi); una birra straordinaria, calorosissima ma ricca di complessita e devo decisamente approfondire Struise.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 vintage. I opened it, and it literally exploded all over my clothes. Pours brown with a nice tan head, aroma of berries, fruit, and candy sugar. Flavor is heavy on raisins, but has a lot of other candied fruit and sweet, caramelly malts. The heavy alcohol is well-hidden. Yes, this is amazing.
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Vintage courtesy JB175 - thanks! Pour is, well, very robust! Fills my tulip glass with a foamy medium brown head that is highly carbonated, and settles into a nice, thick film. The aroma is a treat...full of dark fruit, sweet malts, brown sugar, chocolate, and cherry, and a whole lot more...complex, but not overly heavy. Flavor is good, but I can’t say its great...fairly heavy on sugary malts, with tons of dark fruit, a dose of smoke, and a very dry, leathery flavor that just doesn’t seem to fit. Decent alcohol burn as well. Carbonation is a bit high, but not offensive. Not bad, but nothing wonderful for me here.