MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Gabriella, Viking Line ferry Helsinki-Stockholm Backlog 3 April, 2005
Dark ruby, almost no head. Dark fruits in taste, like christmas pudding. Complex. Rich. Long lingering aftertaste. A contemplating drink.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colour. Malty buttery nose. spicy roasted flavour. A little sour.
asheft (2901) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkish ruddy amber that’s almost clear, with a cream cover that just barely covers the top. Aroma is roasty and toasty and melanoidiny with notes of grain and raisin. The taste and aroma is kind of aged, with all the raisin and spicy melanoidins. The mild bitterness may come partly from hops, but there is definitely a contribution from the dark malts. Good amount of residual sweetness that may be a little much for me without some more bitterness. Medium to full body with a fair amount of carbonation.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a small tan head. Light roasted raisin aroma and a sweet raisin light roasred dry bitter taste. Medium body and a sweet bitter dry finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was intriguing. Well, the aroma of raisin and malts was right there. Poured dark, with little head. taste was cherry/oak and some sour and coffee. Finished strong. This was a pleasant surprise.
frankenkitty (2004) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavily malted aroma from this brown beer. Lively effervescense keep the tan head from fading. Sublime malt presence in the flavor with woodsy undertones. Medium bodied with an alcoholic-dry texture and light astringency. Quite tasty, and the wife enjoyed it, too!
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GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nose of dark fruits and spiced woody malts, also a little liquorice i think. medium bodied with a tasty lingering finish. very nice.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that I’d just tried it. Wow, we’re off to a great start here!
Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh.
Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries...
Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. I’m very impressed.
Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you haven’t had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, dark ale with a thought of a head, this has a malty, smokey, woody aroma with hints of dark dried fruits. This has quite the robust feel in the mouth, well-bodied and well carbonated. Peaty malty tastes backed up by the beginnings of an alcohol presence, this is a slowly warming drink. Dark, woody, peat bog finish. Good drink.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruity, and yeasty aroma with notes of pear, alcohol, and oak; heavy malt flavor with some earthy and musty highlights, maybe some dark fruits in the background, definitely winey and portish; thick and oily palate with a slightly bitter/sour finish; the alcohol is there, no doubt; this beer has alot of flavors that, overall, don’t seem to blend very well: decent at best.