TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brew pours hazy, rusty orange brown with an off white head that is mostly dissipating. Aroma is inviting with notes of plum and raisins and a healty shot of alcohol. Flavor is BIG. Lots of flavor swirling around the mouth. Nice dried fruit flavors, vinous. The alcohol is definetely there, but it is not obtrusive in the least. High quality brew.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with strong notes of banana and clove.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Was surprised to find a beer I once liked so filled with generic banana/clove esters. Might need to try yet again from bottle.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orange-red/brown with a thin off-white head. Has the familiar Weyerbacher banana aroma with chocolate and yeast notes as well. Very rich body touching on banana, tart dark fruit (cherries), grapes and chocolate. Alcohol is very noticeable and perhaps a tad overbearing. The somewhat syrupy body finishes bitter and slightly astringent. An interesting beer packed with flavor that would be better if the alcohol wasn't so "hot."
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a gorgeous deep copper color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich malts, dried fruits (apricots, prunes & raisins), yeast, molasses, alcohol and spice - kinda like a liquid rum soaked fruitcake. Flavor is rich, fruity and sweet with a yeast tang and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. Quite delicious - reminded me of a barley wine style, but different!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, slightty opaque peach-ruby. Good nose, malty, butterscotch, sweet, bit of earthiness, slight chocolate, a bit of sour. Taste is rich and fruity, punchy, maybe a bit of banana or peach. Noticeable yeasts. Finishes a bit harsh and strong, is a stronger beer but could be better masked.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has malt, butterscotch, nuts and hops. Colour is clear red plum, with the slightest of toffee heads. Tastes of bitter almonds, roasted malt, treacle, warming presence of alcohol, although it doesn't seem like 12%. Full bodied, nicely balanced, a bitter dry finish. Great example!
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Color is hazy amber with white head. Aroma is nicely malty and sweet. Taste is of malt and fruit. Very smooth, and hides the alcohol very well. Excellent belgian.
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a milt to moderate hazy amber color with a small 1.0 cm white head which is quickly dissipating. Aroma is malty, sweet like honey, some himts of chocolate in there as well. Ethanol to start, bitter and hoppy in the middle, finishing with roasted malts and some chocolate flavors in there. Hides the 12% well. Nice aroma.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fairly innocent looking caramel-apple amber color, gives little warning of the incendiary compounds lurking within. sports an almost impish little skull cap of linen head. huge nose. it's nose grabs MY nose and pulls it out on the dance floor and they tango like sweaty young lovers in a tropical fog of vanilla, tart orange, coconut, honey, toffee and fruit punch chewing gum. plus some kind of turpentine-based solvent or industrial glue-- i mean that in the n-n-nicest w-w-way. it's strong. hic. micro-bubbled carbonation is scratchy when just opened, softer by bottle's end. for all that puissance, though, it's just medium-bodied: orange tea, yams and caramel spiked with alcohol. the print is bold and in all caps-- but the message is weak-- in other words, it lacks much complexity. beware that the alcohol may excite the passions, both fiery and loving: if you met osama bin laden after two of these, you'd give him a big hug right before you ripped out his spleen. sweetness and fire.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great looking beer. Translucent reddish brown,with a creamy patch of head. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Maybe a tad yeasty as well. Full mouthfeel.Silky,thick,texture. Maybe a tad fizzy. Malts are sweet and fruity.Lots of yeasty phenols. Finish is malty,slightly yeasty,and vinous. I could see why some would think the phenoic notes are annoying,but I like how they cut the sweetness a bit. Very well hidden alcohol,but you can sure feel it.Not too shabby,wish I would have went for the sixer,not a single.