softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sometimes complexity in a beer is wasted on me, like when the combinations are too wild as they are with this one. I definitely get some coffee and a hint of raisins, coriander and licorice. But there is also some vegetable quality about this (I noticed the same characteristic with La Chouffe) that just doesn’t work for me. I’m sorry about giving a ’low’ rating, but I just didn’t enjoy this brew.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very stouty. Nice bitter with a twist of spice. Very heavy and smoked. Nice dark brown appearance if you are in a tea/coffe-mood-night, this i a good alternative if you would like to consume some alcohol simultaneously.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark,amber,and fruity raisins,alcohol,and, hops.Spicy flavours of coriander and fruit abound, this glass blossoms as it warms, not really my style, though it is one quality beverage.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark amber/red. Very vinous mouthfeel. I got thick sweet malts, raisins, licorice. Some, but not much, hop presence. I think I missed some of the coriander, but it was so tasty, that I didn’t miss it, either. The alcohol was well hidden behind everything else. This was an excellent "sipper".
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yum yum and more yum.
all of the things i love most in a beer: maltiness, lightly spiced and somewhat raisiny/chewy...YUM. a new favorite!
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Strong malts in the nose with a fair amount of alcohol. Ruddy garnet color and a thin beige hat. Substantial malt character with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Strong molasses flavor with a a decent dried fruit/ floral sweetness. Definite hints of coriander and 8% abv. becomes more prevelant as the beer warms.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured with a beautiful deep garnet color, thin head that left lace down most of the glass, and a complicated sweet nose. There is such a complex malt flavor of sweet fruits well balanced with strong bitterness. There is a subtle spiceyness that I can only attribute to the corriander. The alcohol comes up as the beer warms. Excellent sipping beer.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost opaque deep dark brown with a smallish medium lasting tand head. Faint spicey aroma when cold. More fruity caramel malty coffee and liquorice when warm. Medium creamy smooth light imperial stoutish type palate. The middle is exceptionally complex and mellow with subtle roasted malt bitter and hint of turkish delight perfume. Alcohol is well covered until it warms up and even then is still quite subtle. Simply a wonderful beer and truly delicious.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My wife called it a chocolate truffle in a glass. Not a bad assessment. Rich chocolate malt flavors with just a hint of fruity (orange?) spiciness in the finish.
kaaskop99 (16) - escondido, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderfull flavor coriander nicely balanced with heavy malt profile
a very unique scottish ALE