goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy golden amber with a thin off white head. Yeasty sweet aroma of fruit and banana. Estery. Light fruit flavors, spicey and dry. Light to medium body.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a solid amber color with a nice, thick head that forms an "island" as it settles. Aroma is orange peel, with a slight tinge of lemon. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, taste is more orange and yeast. Malt is on the back of the tongue, but only slightly- still, it’s there. Very drinkable for 11.5% ABV. Nice beer.
TheBeerGod (5407) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly hazed bronze with a small light tan head. Nose is yeasty with floral hops, angel food cake, light creamy maltiness, fresh cut flowers, and ripe fruits (pears?). Taste is yeasty and spicy with floral hops, creamy malts, light cake notes, fresh fruit (peaches), some candyish notes and light alcohol. Body is smooth at times but still has a carbonation "spike" in it. Overall is medium-full. Finishes with more spicy hops and yeast muddled with candied fruits, light cake notes, creamy malts, and alcohol. Minimal warmth from an 11.5% beer. Nice stuff!
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Couleur cuivrée vers le bronze, d’apparence translucide. Arômes de dattes, de bleuets, de baies de genièvre et de vieilles feuilles d’automne trouvées par terre. On y trouve aussi des arômes très résineux suggérant le feuillage vert tel le sapin. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne contenant des flaveurs de vieux miel cuivré suggérant une faible madérisation. Un mordant d’alcool arrive en finale mais les conifères l’obligent à garder ses distances jusqu’à ce qu’il se résigne à prendre la fuite. Un laborieux mélange des 4 saisons. Déguster en fût lors du Zythos Beer Fest, St-Niklaas, voyage Europe 2005.
TBone (13238) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 18, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (BB 06/2006)
Copper brown color, white steady creamy head. Aroma is quite weak: some yeast, wood, malt and alcohol. Very full mouthfeel. Alcoholic burn is mixed with sweet fruity flavors: caramel, peach, apricot. Alcohol milds in the aftertaste to bitterish flavors. The real malt liquer! :)
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I knew there was alcohol here but I didn’t think it was 11.5%. Dark shade of copper (I had it side by side with the Real Ale Devil’s Backbone, and this was darker, though these aren’t exactly comparable beers). Generous aroma of raisins, caramel, syrup, spices, and some alcohol. In the mouth, the bite of the alcohol was a nice counterpart to the carbonation tinging and the smooth richness of the body. Vibrant flavors, adding yeast, a touch of fruit (apricots, banana), and more caramel. All around very enjoyable. (on tap, Gingerman, Dallas, TX)
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottled) Dark amber color with a medium, tight, lasting and lacy head. Very toffee-caramely aroma with sweetish malt and noticeable, although not overwhelming alcohol. Sweet, malty, syrupy flavor with alcohol - lots of it! Warming, alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied, sugary, warming and alcoholic palate. Quite carbonated. Sugar and the body can’t hide the strong alcohol dominating this brew. Still quite drinkable compared to strong Baltic lagers.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Papago
The beer comes fresh from the tap a hazy deep amber color with a plentiful head that is a winsome light tan and creamy in texture, after decomposition the resultant lace forms a surrounding blanket on the glass. Nose is earthy from the yeast, an over ripe apple aroma also noticed, spicy and fresh, start is slightly sweet with a nice grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops plentiful and the 12 percent ABV leaves a bit of alcohol bitterness at the very dry finish, potent brew, and quite tasty to boot.
MiP (13912) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden colour. Very malty and peppery aroma and flavour. Big beer, very nice. Aftertaste OK, but not perfect(?).
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i could smell this from about three feet away. smells fruity like apricots and peach. has a bit of malt to it as well. mouth feel is creamy at first then gives way to a slight dryness that i really enjoy. pours a light copper color with a large lingering slightly off white head. it leaves little rings of lacing with each sip, wonderful. taste is apricot and peach. kind of sweet which is its only real draw back. gives a slight hint of the alcohol. really pretty good with a cool label as well.