Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wicked drink. This starts out deceptively, an ugly dried date color with a frizzy off-white head. It’s got a real faint sweet malt aroma with a dash of baking spices added. But the taste - - - It’s like drinking a carbonated brandy. Still plenty of malts, some spiciness, some woodiness, some dark fruitiness, a touch of hop bitterness. Dry, warm alcohol finish. I like this brewery.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with hazyness in it. Small beige foam. in the nose touch of applejuse, fruityoghurt and cinnamon. Taste is original and applecompot like, touch of cointreau, spicy, and dry sugary. Light alcohol burn and long afthertaste.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a hint of red and a nice light brown head. Sediment in bottle gives it a haze. Malt, caramels, fruits, and alcohol apparent in the aroma. Moderately carbonated. Malts, candy sugars, and coriander in the flavor. Alcohol very apparent. Little hop bite. Interesting and enjoyable brew.
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Poured a cloudy/hazy dark brown with almost no head. Somewhat of a vinous aroma and little earthy and spicy. Brandy tasting with a stronger alcohol kick. Lightly sweet (brown sugar). Flatter body.
Liberty (52) - Stompwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a sweet beer, but not too sweet and an interesting flavour because of the special Calvados Casks. Very recommendable beer! Tasted at the “kertbierfestival” Essen, Belgium, organised by ober. www.ober.be.
MiP (13990) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very yeasty and peppery marcipan aroma. Dark brown/orange cloudy colour. Flavour is malty, alcoholic, caramelly. Burnt aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark tan color with a moderate head of beige bubbles. Aromas of baked buttered apples with caramel and anise seeds. Whiffs of alcohol permeate the nose as it is swirled. Palate is rather smooth for the size of this brew - Granted mine does seem to have carbonation which does seem to be missing from quite a few of the brews rated. Lightly oily with enough fizz to keep it from sticking to the tongue. LIght start. Some caramel malt and and a touch of oak. The finish in this one has more notes of interest with some drunken light fruit, calvados, and green malt. Really seems like an average barley wine.
JorisPPattyn (8200) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber-red, slight bronze shine, hazy; yellow-amber head, stable and leaving lace. Sherrywood, lactic acid-like nose and indeed - old harvest apples. Dried fruit (cherries, apples, figs) but not sweet, alleviated as it is by a very restrained but seemingly active lactic acid, and a bitterness that is definitely tannine and a bit spicey. Beer is both incredibly severe and frivolously complex. Something like berries, laid up in alcohol. Very well-bodied, full MF, oily & slick, and infinitely complex. I cannot follow anybody who would look cross at the brewer, because he fills these casks on special demand from the USA. This is an enrichment for Belgian brewing, more power to B. United.
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like mud in the glass. Alcohol aroma coupled with something reminicent of brandy. Very sweet barley taste along with an obvious alcohol kick.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy brown color, thin white head. Aroma is sweet, some brown sugar, and some cider notes. Light sweetness some corriander, undercarbonated.