Nuffield (3858) - 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 didnít think it was 11.5%. Dark shade of copper (I had it side by side with the Real Ale Devilís Backbone, and this was darker, though these arenít 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 (4691) - 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 canít 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 (14473) - SÝnderborg, 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.
Boutip (5195) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy medium brown ale with a huge head with great retention. Aroma is mix between spices, great malt and strong yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average. Very sweet taste (probably a tad too much) with some subtle raisins in the background. Yeast is very present and may hides a bit of overall taste of this. Alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from brewers. Great for the style but still not up there with the greats (Westy, Rochefort, St-Bernadus).
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 This is not a great beer. Very sweet, too much. Syrup aroma. No head. Some bitterness in the end. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Pailhead (5731) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty and fruity with grape and banana. Pours a mostly transparent amber with a white head that has good retention. Decent lacing. Sweet throughout with caramel and raisin. Banana comes in the finish as well as a pretty strong alcohol presence. Leaves a lingering caramel aftertaste.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful crystal clear orange color. The head is a big-bubbled off-white one. I donít get a lot out of the aroma. Some apricot/orange fruitiness and Belgian "funkiness", but very subdued. The taste is very smooth, with peaches, apricots, and alcohol mixed with spicy esters. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry for such a high alcohol content. Some bitterness appears too. This is a great beer.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ligt hazy amber color with nice warm glow and medium yellow-beige head. Aroma of malts and caramel malts, orange marmalade, Grand Marnier, milk chocolate, spices and figg chutny. Taste is warm, smooth, caralmely, nutty and has hints of yeast and agrum confit. In the aftherttaste there is touch of alcohol-sweetness, hints of caramel bitternes and a herbal touch of hops.