ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very deep amber ale with a strong alcohol aroma. Taste and feels like drinking a wine. Pleasant finish to the beer but not much hop or malt flavor.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber with a slightly yellowish head. The aroma is alcoholic with brandy and some pears. There is also some rich caramel. The taste has some roasted peanuts and a little bit of toffee. There is also a rather dry finish of well toasted bread crust. The alcohol is well hidden. Nicely done. Cool looking bottle.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice looking pour. Deep copper topped by a creamy (almost like a forced pour) light tan head. The aroma is light toasted bread, grain and caramel. The flavor is more nutty than the aroma, quite sweet and a surprising hop kick comes late. Medium metallic body. Certainly a stretch for an alt. Very much like a hoppy dopplebock. There is some late astringency that is a bit of a put-off, but otherwise it is pretty enjoyable, and very interesting.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
MBA and mkobes brought this to egajdzis’s for the tripel night. pours a caramel brown color with a firm white head, aroma was slightly musty alongside some caramel and nuts. flavor matched the nose rather closely, adding a hint of molasses, and ending with a smooth malty tail. a very sweet and tasty beer.
ClarkVV (3761) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled on 4/18/2005 consumed 6/16/2005. Copper-amber, with vertical auburn stripes. Light beige head is initially medium-sized and well-retained, but once I begin to drink and it is disrupted, it departs quickly to a ring. Decent lacing. Medium-sized bubbles rise vigorously. Aroma of light cedar wood pulp, bits of toasted grains, light caramel, but mainly bitterness. No one else talks about hops, which is odd. Seems to me to have a lot of hops bitterness, or maybe the bitterness is coming from something else? Smells like an IPA to me. Nutty, floral notes, acidic, pine resin. Acidic and biting, this is powerful stuff. It lingers on the palate on the finish. Flavorful, at least, but it’s so piney. Sugary and fruity as well, reminds me of DFH 90 minutes. Low carbonation. Lightly syrupy body. No real yeast presence that I can find. Odd to say the least, IMHO.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich amber color with a thick head. Sticky sweet maple and caramel taste, toast and dried fruits and nuts. Very clean palate, thick, chewy and creamy. Hardly any hop presence but the sweetness isn’t over the top. Very rich though.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couleur cuivrée, pleinement translucide. Belle mousse crémeuse et somptueuse laissant un presque éternel cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Caramel brûlé, sève de bois, biscuits grillés, marron et noisettes, sous une signature très levurée rappelant la croûte d’un pain brun. En bouche, caramel et poires sont toujours au rendez-vous, mais sont cette fois soumis à la teinture à bois, à une faible présence d’acidité et même à une touche d’alcool. Finale étonnamment amère allant presque vers l’astringence. Une forte impression de sel vient bouleverser davantage l’expérience. Corps semi mince, carbonatation plutôt effacé. Une étrange et atypique créature en provenance de Düsseldorf.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, molasses, nuts, and some dark fruits. Sweet with a light alcohol finish.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Poured a caramel color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, light roast, dates, and caramel malts. Taste of sweet caramel malts, chocolate, some smoke, nuts, light hops, and a touch of alcohol.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the 330 ml flip cap bottle from the Huber Haus. Dark brown with a beige head. This is as close to a barleywine that I have ever tasted in a German bier. It tastes like barleywine, but it does not feel like it has the alcohol of one. Great hop flavor, which also seems strange for a german bier. I love it!