Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe brune très claire aux reflets rouges surmontée d’une mousse beige très épaisse qui persiste. Arômes de cerise, d’épices, d’agrumes, de caramel et de café. Saveurs de caramel, de sucre, de vin et de chocolat.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pre-GTMW tasting @ 1FastSTi’s place. 2005 vintage. Dark brown with off-white head, lasting cover. The aroma plums, caramel, dark candi sugar and licorice. The flavor is toffee, candi sugar, plum skins, and apples. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Dark brown - lasting offwhite head. Powerfull + fullbodied. Licorice, malty, hoppy, sweet, some candy, dried fruits, spices. A very good beer.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Rating #200, a huge thanks goes to xproudfoot for this 2005 bottle which was an extra in a trade! Pours a dark reddish brown, almost opaque with a fluffy light-yellowish-tan head that has a nice lasting power. Nice champagne-like aroma...crisp, fuity, with some brown sugar, cherry, and rasin. The flavor holds some nice candied cherry elements along with a bit of oak, fig, and a pinch of toasty malt, cocoanut, and warming alcohol. Silky carbonated body, an absolute pleasure over the tounge with a balanced sweetness throuout giving way to a dry boozey-sweet finish. Overall, an amazing beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light cola color, thick light tan head. Bottom of bottle so a little murky
MM…. Yummy peach, bubblegum, sour plums, prunes, sweet orange rind, slightly roasty dry malt, cherry twizzlers, fig newton, Beach perfume, sugar, vinousness.
Sweet coffee. Fruit juice. Subtle flavors that come together nicely, but I’m looking for a little more after the aroma.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Staminee de Garre in Bruges.
WOW, what a stunner this is. If it wasn’t for it being just a little too sweet this would be truely fantastic. Nose has that wonderful aged note that I love so much. The liquorice and candy sugar show clearly throughout. It starts with the spice in the nose and finishes with it too. A wonderful encapsulation. Apparent also are apple and vanilla in what is a wonderfully complex aroma. Great length. Lots of dark fruit and malt in the flavour. Deep dark red/brown body with a fair amount of floaters in there topped with a rocky beige head that settles to a thick almost inpenetrable film. Alcohol is just a pleasant undercurrent, quite a feat considering its obvious strength. Complex and well rounded but the dominating character is the candy sugar, liquorice and a lovely note of ginger. A chunky and full bodied gem. The last pour made it virtually black due to the sediment. Ohh coffee and pepper in the flavour too. It just keeps on giving up more. You can tell by my rate that this is one of those beers that sends you all over the place. Stunning stuff. Best new try for me in a long long time. It has it all, balance, body, complexity la la la la la. Get some now!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy, murky ruby and dirty caramel brown with a foamy, dark tan head retaining like nobody’s business. Aroma, in a word, is "intense." In another word? "Beauty." Dates, black cherry pits and English pipe tobacco interweave with spruce. It keeps coming - caramelized sugar to a burgundy beat, prunes marinating in a plum brandy sauce... the dark fruited list is endless. Needless to say, originality has found its spokesperson. Flavor is admirably divine. Plums and caramelized dates hit the taste bud receptors and heart strings simultaneously first. Rum raisins dive into saucy mince meat pie. Figs bob and weave and plummet into a fisherman’s bowl of brandied, caramelized raisins. Consecutive sipping and savoring produces a dark fruited nirvana, pulling on moderately dry tobacco and corresponding cigar wrappers, and melding with rustic black cherry skin, flambéed fig juice and a dainty yet healthy dose of ever-warmed concord sauce spiced with nutmeg and spread over prunes. Boisterous blackberries interweave with said flavors to create a fairly full-bodied complex. Twining caramel-laden plum sauce sings sweetly into the night with a mild, earthen dry tobacco character. Simply incredible.
Thanks to JCapriotti and MrFacto for bringing bottles, and Chuck for pouring the rest of his allotment into my mouth when he was done rating!
Jukkabro (3485) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black colored with some red hints. Little beige head. Caramel and excellent vinous tones in rich aroma, also licorice and and warming alcohol can be found. Almost full bodied. Flavor is unbeliavable: licorice, caramel, port-wine, medium alcohol, some berries and fine hoppy dryness. Aftertaste lasts with crispy alcohol and licorice. Excellent full bodied beer.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 2005 vintage Thanks Jason and Matt. The beer pours to a very dark garnet body. Nice tan head. The aroma is dark fruits, sweet nutmeg, walnuts, and yeast. The flavor is walnuts, sweet dark pitted fruits. The palate is a little watery, medium-light body. 9, 5, 8, 3, 16 = 4.1
2006 vintage The beer pours to a really dark black/brown body with ruby highlights. A dark tan head sits on top. The aroma is very complex and full of spices. Nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, chocolate, dates, walnuts, and yeast. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Very complex. As the beer decanted, it changed for the better. Wow! What a delight with this one. The palate is heavy, spicy, full bodied. Much better than the 2005 vintage.
Brigadier (2600) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house
There were two 2005 vintage bottles of this opened. I got the bottom of the
first one for an extra special yeasty treat. At some point it would be nice
to try it again with a better sample simply to see how it compares. It was
well made, but at least to me it falls just short of what I would consider a
Top 50 beer.
Aroma / Appearance - The half-finger tan head lingered over top of a
midnight brown body. My pour was a little darker than the others; I think
I got the dregs of the bottle in mine, causing it to be cloudy and murky.
The complex nose had hints of fresh honey, caramelized sugar, bittersweet
baker’s chocolate, peppers and cloves. It balanced well - nothing seemed
out of place but at the same time I felt it could have been maybe a little
Flavor / Palate - Green apples, cloves, freshly squeezed honey,
caramel, black cherries and both bittersweet and baker’s chocolate. The
mouthfeel was well balanced and smooth. I felt as if it could have possessed
some more texture. The finish was a little lacking as well - despite a
pleasing dry coffee feel I was left wanting more. If the finish were better,
this would be borderline Top 50.