Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Dark Mahogany, no head, looks completely still. Extremely sweet aroma with cask wood aging notes obvious. Extremely vinous (port), apple or plum like. Huge alcohol flavor. It lacks some dimension other than liquorous anything. Tongue-burning like a strong scotch that you keep a long time in mouth, Very yeasty, cake-like. Medium to full body, appears syrupy with this carbonation absence. Feels like hot syrup. Not very good at all, I could not finish a whole bottle of this liquorous, heating, sweet wood juice. Overwhelming.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very strong apple, pear, light fruit nose as soon as the bottle was capped. Hazy murky brown color. Very chewy, thick alcohol taste. Cookie, biscuit. Some nutty, woody flavors as well. Bitter.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet crisp malt body, bitter sweet finish, honey taste to begin. Definently a little weird, not something I’d drink on a regular basis.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy red/brown with a small off-white head. Very sweet woody malt aroma with a sweet caramel nose. Smooth taste with a reich sweetness that stands out due to a light carbonation. Nice slightly spicy sweet aftertaste with a bit of fruitiness.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany, little head. Nose fruity, some maple syrup. Flavor is quite sweet, caramel and fruit, some woodiness, get the calvados character as well.
marcus (5886) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark amber beer pours with no head and elicits a fruity alcohol aroma. It starts off tasting a bit like syrupy prune juice, but as it warms one can taste the candy. spice and calvados flavors. By the time I finished, I found this to be a very well-crafted, interesting and tasty beer.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled brugg, belgium: also another recomendation of someone we met at the cafe. this one was somewhat cool because it was in limited quantities and the bartender was reluctant to give them up? who knows? but this was a good one in a long string of belgians at this bar. i was pretty inebriated to say the least but i remembered this one destinctly. served in small 10 oz bottles. this is all you need at 12%. lots of hoppy fruit that is bombarded with a bourbonesque sherry feelwith a some wood and earth features or the soil beneath your feet. warm but not obtrusive with the alcohol. very barley wine ish.
motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to mwsf for sharing this at toronado. pretty rich woody and slightly sour aroma, some pear schapps. surprisingly subdues flavour, hint of plum, pleanty of dryness and perhaps staleness
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 I do not understand why this brew is dogged soooo much. This is powerful and perhaps one of the best beers money can buy from belgium. There I said it. The calvados really shows in the afterpalate. So savory. Looks awful for sure but tastes like gold. Mirky like sewer water. Lacy head. Nose is exceedingly sweet and full of yeasty pungency. Flavours of sherry, bourbon, sweet prunes, beef bullion and golden raisins. Simply magnificent.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours brown, dark caramel tint, small off-white pancake batter like head, attractive lacing, with plenty o’ carbonation.   First notes are of rubbing alcohol, with minor notes of caramel, citrus, and honey.   Picking up candi sugar, dark pitted fruit up front, mainly prunes and/or figs.   Alcohol emerges from the middle and rides through to the finish, leaving an enjoyable warming feeling in the throat.   Finishes slightly sweet, a bit malty, but without much of that aformentioned pitted fruit.   It does however have a slight oakish flavor to it, which is enjoyable.   Good body and mouthfeel, but the alcohol aroma is a bit rough.