mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet orange peel,coriander aroma.Mellow sweet oak hoppy spicy flavor that hides the alcohol well.Similar to a fine Belgian specialty.Mild hoppy herbal aftertaste.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not really a fan of strong, syrupy UK ales, barleywines and old ales. They seem to be pursuing a madeira, cream sherry or port sweetness and heaviness and its just not my thing. This one poured coffee brown, with a distinct coriander fruitiness - almost like a spicy fruit candy - and a heavy maltiness. No head at all; very low carbonation. Flavor is lush, sweet - coriander with a touch of molasses and vanilla...and some oakiness. Heavy with nutty malty, syrupy flavor. I did not notice any hops in this. It is mellower than the House Ale, which finishes with an inappropriate bitterness. It makes for an OK dessert style sipping drink. If thats what I want, though, I’d rather have a sherry...
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Voluptous spicy berry aroma. . .have you ever had a berry pop-tart? Lightly spiced mouth feel. . .I don’t know how to describe the complexities. . . possibly sweet rasberriesm maybe some raisins, perhaps fruit - plums? One of the more interesting beers I have had.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark reddish colour with a fantastic big and creamy head. It smells like spicy chocolate milk. The malty flavour is truly complex with notes of coffee and herbal liquor (Fernet Branca). Full bodied. The mouthfeel is almost like a good strong Baltic Porter. A very good brew to fortify oneself with.
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby colour with a huge chocolatish head. Very tempting. The aroma is full of scents. Chocolate, spices (almost reminds me of the better dobbelbocks). Flavour is complex. Loads of coffee, chocolate, malt and spices. Has a good lasting aftertaste with a hint of coffeebitterness. This is truely great stuff. Happy i’ve found it.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 This beer rocks.
Wow! What an aroma.
Notes of coriander, toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, caramel, prunes, apple butter and honey.
This slightly hazy, ruby colored ale has a large, creamy, khaki head. Fully lasting with decent lacing.
Up front, the palate is pounded by tons of malt. Slightly sweet with bursts of coriander (ok, I'm guessing coriander is what that heavily spicy aroma is... I wouldn't know coriander if it fell out of the sky, landed on my face and wiggled. Time to hit the spice rack here in the house to familiarize myself with the stuff), molasses and coffee. Balanced out quite nicely with a good, subtle hop presence on the backside. For a Scotch Ale, this kind of balance is rare and very welcomed.
Full-bodied. Soft carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Short, moderately alcoholic, fairly dry and slightly pungent finish. It seems that great care and thought was put into the crafting of this ale. Get your hands on a bottle and enjoy.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
darkness like an old sugary port wine with blindingly dark burgundy light waves bouncing off my inner brain..laced out head like a sky of fresh clouds contrasting against the crisp blue sky...aroma was pounding with tartness Ricocheting off of dark chocolate raspberry sweetness...sweetless raspberry cocoa morphing to extreme spiciness and back again to cocoa raspberry but ending sweeter than the start...spinachy/coca cola like aftertaste
jaymobrown (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red color. Creamy medium head. Bright flowery nose, probably the coriander. Amazingly interesting beer. At once it is dark with malt, caramel, and chocolate tones, but the coriander gives it a bright sweetness. The alcohol emerges in the middle but doesn’t really effect the palate. A bold experiment but done with perfection of balance.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoy the coriander, and have never had a beer quite like this one. Alcohol very subtle, but good balance. Maltiness is appropriate, and the finish is sweet and fruity from the spices. Very odd.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very interesting beer indeed. Notes of plum and raisin on the nose. I thought the coriander would be more pronounced. Alcohol is evident in both the aroma and flavor. The maltiness lasts a long time on the palate. Reddish/Amber hue, definitely one of the most peculiar beers I have ever had.