Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was fruity and sweet and I definitely smelled honey. Poured a dark and fizzy amber, with a tight fizzy lasting head. Now for taste, this had a very strong malt back bone, but there were plenty of fruits and spices, along with a pronounced honey component, and even a bit of hops. The 13% ABV was well hidden. This is a great brew, I just called and reserved 2 bottles to age.
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Aroma:Very,spicy,alcohol,light honey...
Appearance:clear red,good white head...
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Amber colour with a frothy off-white layer of foam. Dark fruit, alcohol and light toffee aroma. Grapefruit, pithy, alcohol, caramel , and orange flavours. Full bodied syrupy, very warming, perhaps a bit hot.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/amber, with a white head. Aromas are spices, nutmeg, cinnamon,
with much smaller amounts of malt and yeast. The heavy, thick body has flavors very much like the aroma, spices, alcohol, with yeast, and some slight perfume/flowers. Ends drier than expected. It will be interesting to see what aging does to this very unique brew.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a 12oz’r. Aroma was uplifting, very spicy, like a walk through a spice rack, cinnamon and nutmeg. Poured a beautiful clear amber, thin creamy head. At first taste there’s a lot going on, spices are evident, alcohol also but in a good way. The slightest touch of yeast then breaks off clean. Definitely unlike anything I’ve had before. I liked it very much and am in good supply so we’ll see if time will tell how great this can be.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 pours a bright, clear amber color with a creamy layer of head that coats the sides of the glass. aromas of spices come out strongly, cloves and nutmeg being the dominant, also a hint of cinnamon and belgian yeast. the body is thick, towards the syrupy end of the spectrum, as it coats the sides of the glass when swirled. there is alot going on in the flavor, as it is sweet and spicy at the same time, as sweet caramel tones start things off, yeast and spices come in afterwards, and just a hint of grassy hops. the abv is evident, both in the taste, the tail, and in the nice warming sensation all the way down into your stomach. i cant wait to age some of this to see if the hot edge comes off a little bit, but this is exactly what they advertised IMO... a complex tasting, unique brew. cheers to Dan and all the rest of the weyerbacher guys...here’s to ten more years of great beer! RERATE: i had this on draft at the Which Brew premier, and the flavors were significantly more pronounced and everything was alot smooter. i spoke to the brewer while there and he told me that even a couple weeks of difference in age between bottlings make a big difference....bottome line, AGE THIS BEER
RERATE: i added a point to both appearance and flavor after having several glasses of this on tap at which brew. according to weyerbacher’s brewer, even as little as two weeks is having a dramatic effect on the smoothness and taste of this beer. as i said above, get some and stash it away for a few months at least.