Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
The nose was complex w/ coriander (spice) and dark fermented fruit, citrus and a slight vinious note. The pour was a rich, full brown color w/ golden highlights. There was no head and no lacing. The flavor had a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit and vinious notes w/ a slight sourness. The mouthfeel was creamy, well rounded, w/ a medium body. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours with a murky brown body with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet yet slightly sour with fruity/raisony notes, a touch of mint and a little caramel. The flavor is very sweet with dark fruit notes, some brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly warming. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 Not sure when this fellow was bottled, but there’s no neckband. Opaque muddy red body, zero head. The aroma reminds me of a barleywine as there’s big malts, alcohol and hops. I smell raisins, brown sugared squash, and dark chocolate. The flavor is similar excpet I get more resiny hops and a light alcohol burn in the finish. Heavy-sitting finish, it’s like rum-soaked fruitcake.
2005 bottle thanks to BBB63: Cloudy brown body, thin tan head that leaves some soapy lacing. The aroma has chocolate cake, maple syrup, and lightly estery alcohol. The flavor is full of piney, spicy hops in tandem with clean alcohol. Additionally there’s chocolate fudge and caramel sweetness. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Pors a distinct dark brown with smaler white head. Aroma of fruit and spice, aroma reminds me somewhat of a bloody mary. Flavor is cinnamon and spices, completely unique. Thanks To Jeffin7 For this tasty brew! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
2004 GTM. High alcohol aroma. Thick, murky, not much head. Off-white head. Knock your socks off flavor. Eccentric pretty much sums it up. Tangy, sour, high alcohol. Almost like a barley wine. Tastes like there is wine poured into the beer. Both the aroma and flavor are very complex. Not sure I really like it.
jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 found out from the man, larry bell himself, that my bottle was from approximately 1997. quite flat, but still a faint pssh on opening. murky brown. tons of spice and caramel malt, smells like worcestershire sauce, celery-salt and melon, red wine, hops. very piney mouthfeel, it can’t really be 11%. feels a little like cough syrup, but in a warm tingly way. very mellow; this beer must have aged very well. DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. First of all, I cannot believe this was 11% alcohol? The pour was turbid deep brown, with a minimal off-white head. The aroma created a multitude of olfactory perceptions....malt, hops, spices, fruit, including melon and prune, cabernet, cognac, and even scotch (definitely some peaty aroma). The taste was malty, hoppy, nice mouthfeel, with a spicy, fruity, hard-spirit element at the finish. Very nice complexity. I noticed many flavors and aromas in this one. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Off-white creamy head, amber/brown and cloudy body. Very spicy aroma that jumps right out at you. Quite like the LF Holiday Spice with some chocolate and corriander. The flavor adds a noticable hop component that is quite good, and closes with an orange sourness. Slightly creamy and soft mouthfeel. 8 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 14
Ungstrup (38138) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
Rerate from 2004 bottle, 1/17/2006
Nice sour spice aroma. Chocolate. Sour piney corriander. Green spices (rosemary or thyme?). Some unidentifiable spicy cologne. Great. Flavor is big too... chocolate hops. More spice. White pepper. Very smooth, coating mouthfeel, great complexity. I love this.
An unclear brown beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is of licorice, pine, and medicin - quite weird. The flavor is dominated by pine but also contains a lot of hops, which gives it a lovely bitter end. The mouthfeel is soft. madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2004
Bottled: Murky amber coloured. Beige lasting head. Chocolate, spices, hops and flowers in the aroma. Resinous, hoppy and light medicinal flaovur. Has a nice mouthfeel. Has a distinct lasting bitterness in the and. Thanks Raindog for the trade.