Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Among my least fave of all holiday beers - but fans of big malty barleywines might like this alot - sickly sweet with no relief, no balance, syrupy.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 Amber in color, very little head, sweet & malty nose, lots of sweet & malty flavors, subtle hints of fruits & spices in the body, the real flavors I think come through in the finish
UPDATE: Just out of sheer curiosity, I checked my rating for this beer while sipping on one on a rainy December afternoon. Good thing I did. My original review was all the back in 2004. Either this beer has changed over the last seven years or my palate has. Probably a combination of the two. Whatever the case, this beer, now in 2011, is better than the 3.7 I gave it in ’04. The vague notes I gave then still apply to the beer today. However, I’d like to add that this is a more flavorful beer than I first described. I get a lot of cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, grass, cocoa, honey and other herbs and spices. Obviously this is a much better beer than I originally thought and described.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 (Draught, 1/04) Pours a glowing red color with a thin head. Has a very distinctive cherry flavor with hints of chocolate and honey.
(Bottle, 12/11/04) Aroma of bread, raosted malt, and nuts. Flavor of smoke, wood, and a hin of cherry. Quite a bit different from my previous tasting.
boto (1762) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: This was interesting. The beer came out clear with a very red tint. A big head fizzed up right away, and then went quickly down to nothing. The aroma is mainly cherries, but I get some cranberries also. It smells both sweet and sour at the same time. The taste is different: cherry with a hint of sourness. Very little carbonation. The alcohol is evident, but blends in nicely. Unique and very good. Thanks Bert! (aka slob)
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite red color with very little head. A honey, cherry sweet aroma. Very distinct cherry flavor that is better than expected. In my opinion needs more carbonation, but overall pretty good.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish, cranberry tea color. Perfectly formed and deep head of creamy white bubbles. Smells of spices, heavy malt, and dark cherries. eavy malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove on palate. Strong and syrupy with the depth of a belgian dubble or triple. Aftertaste is citrusy hops, alchol and more malt that slowly slides off your taste buds. Solid, different and unexpected winter brew. Good alcohol kick.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours the most unusual color red I have ever observed in a beer. Looks like some kinda neon red. Beer is headless less than a minute after pouring. Aroma is cherries and high alcohol. Flavor is kinda alcopopish. Mostly taste like a cherry soda with a bunch of alcohol dumped in.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright amber, no head. Estery aroma that screams belgian yeast. Thick sweet and warming maltiness. Just the essence of cherries, not cloying in the least. Alcohol is suggested rather than tasted or felt. This is really quite nice. I'm impressed by Troegs.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber. aroma of Honey and spices. Yeast has belgian banana-clove hints. aftertaste of leather and plums. warm, sweet but not cloying. alcohol while obviously present was dangerously understated.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Undated single bottle; 12-12-03 tasting notes: What's the fuss? When a single bottle was split between two 6 oz. wine glasses, I saw an attractive but uncarbonated beverage. The flavor was oddly cloying without any prominant flavor. 11% ABV hidden very, very well, but all in all, I'll take Makers Mark...