joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15% version. Bright orange-copper w/ fine, streaming bubbles. Creamy, tan head. Sweet, brandy-ish aroma of dark dried fruit (raisins, dates), candied pears, some caramel, & alcohol. Soft, creamy feel. Very, very sweet brandy flavour w/ a light creaminess, some spiciness & fruitiness. Intense alcohol flavour in the finish, leaving the tongue slightly numb.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A French B-wine? Uhhh? Amber, minimal head. Very thick mouthfeel that seems to neutralize the perfumey aroma. Malty texture/flavor, some neutral fruits (pears, apples).
Andrew196 (1686) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! 13%! The beer carried it really well too. Aroma of spicy vegetable, celery. Purely orange in color with sediment and little head. Flavor was interesting, very rich, citric. Finish was malty sweet. Pretty good.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
BBD: 28.02.04 13%ABV
App: Foams out of the bottle. Pours crystal clear(not bottle conditioned?!) copper w/just a ring of foam at edges of glass
Aro: not too complex: deep carmel malt. Just layer upon layer of sweetness twinged with a bit of raison. Alcohol.
Pal: medium body. Hot alcohol @ back of throat.
Flav: Maybe a bit oxidized...but this thing is sweet malt and hot alcohol. The only way I can drink this is like a martini(little sips), otherwise the alcohol fries me.
Over: Too sweet and too much alc. I like big strong beers, but this doesn't hold a candle to an Abt 12, Imperial Stout, or Barley wine.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 strange, vanilla spice. a bloody stabbing dagger rather than an actual aroma. the alcohol probably murdered the head. actually tastes... alright. go ahead, finish yourself!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 15% version: Pours a lifeless copper with a thin off-white head. All I can say is pure alcohol. Has some malty complexity but it is so quickly burned off my tounge that I’m not even sure it’s there. This could learn a lesson from Dogfish Head.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sort of an off orange color, a bit hazy, head didn't last but a minute or so, completely faded away. Aroma was a blast of alcohol, a bit of sweetness, and nothing else. The flavor was again alcohol based, and although it was full bodied and sweet, it simultaneously struck me as being a bit thin. A bite on the palate. A one dimensional beer.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2003
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottled. I had the 15% version. This was all alcohol. That's all I smelled and tasted. If there were any other flavors I couldn't taste them. Couldn't finish this one.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thin, patchy head above a dark golden-copper. Caramel-sweet nose. Very smooth and thickish up front; carbonation livens up toward the finish and thins things out. Some "cheap" alcohol notes sprung up on me, along with some "hot" sensations. Malts were sweet (caramel, sugar). Hops were mildly spicy. Dryish finish. Some bitterness resides on the tongue in the aftertaste. Alcohol warms the throat. Overall, not very complex or interesting.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep gold to light amber in color,small white lacey head.Aroma is sweet and has huge alcohol notes,and not much else.Burn baby burn!Alcohol and nothing else here, not anywhere near balanced, I love a good high alcohol beer but this is a waste of perfectly good malt and yeast.