waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. dark marroon pour with thick head that thins quickly to nice small bubble head. fig, raison, sugar, malt aroma. dark fruits dominant. not well balanced. malts, fruit and sugar. an unwelcome bitterness. not terrible but it feels pieced together.
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours bronze with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is citrus, caramel, and spices. The bitterness is what killed this for me.
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Very turbid burnt umber pour with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, spices, prunes, cabernet, pear, and brown sugar. Tastes malty, ruity, with vinous cabernt, spicy, and slight brown sugary notes.
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma strong alcohol, plum and hops. Yeast, raisins, alcohol and soap in flavour. Some sweet caramel also, but the beer felt somewhat unbalanced in my opinion.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is a bit boozy at first, but there are also hints of raisins and cherries as well, with a rich doughy, and roasted character as well. A bit too much alcohol, though. Moderately opaque mahogany color with a rather quickly dissipating tannish-colored head. Wish it stayed around longer. Fruity, cherry, sweet start, turning chocolatey and malted in the middle with lots of roastiness present as well. Smooth, full bodied, and very tasty. There is a touch of tart astringency in the middle as well, but this only adds to the depth and complexity of this tasty treat. This is very good, but my complaints lie in the aroma and somewhat in the appearance.
eaglefan538 (2942) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown to black color with only faint red edges. Head was initially minimal, disappearing quickly, and this one completely lacked any lacing. The aroma was hard to pick up, some sweet caramel, maple, and liquor scents. The flavor featured a backbone of caramel malts and was accented by some maple, wood (like an oak aged / bourbon type flavor), nutty, and yeasty flavors with a hop bitterness in the finish. Upon warming, the flavor was improved and some spices came out. The mouthfeel was rather thin for a strong ale, perhaps partly because it was also lowly carbonated. Way overpriced for what you get, but I’d take this over many other beers out there.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours a deer bronze with a decent sized light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is smooth, citrus, caramel, yeast, belgian spices, and hops are present (not overly) very well balanced. Good brew.
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy brown colored long lasting finely sized bubbles that left behind a poor lacing and a carbonated very hazy dark red brown colored body. The aroma was vinous malty and berry like. The mouth feel was tingly at the start then mellowed in its finish. The flavor was vinous malty and bready.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a large tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, opaque, minimal carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Malty, some licorice notes, chocolate nose. Sweet malty, chocolate and buttery. Tingly palate. Light-medium body. Quaffable.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown coloured to almost black. Rather small off white head. Light aroma, some sweet malty and caramel nose. Full palate, finish is sweet malty with bitter touches. Very nice one.