Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Stout qualities and chocolate notes burst out with the first sip. A heavy ale, but after the first few sips the chocolate and stoutness go away and reveal a nice hearty ale. Very good! Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
Poured an amber/brown color with a moderate head and fair lacing. Nice malty cherry plum aroma with a slight metallic note. Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with lots of toasty caramel in the flavor, notes of chocolate and butterscotch or vanilla and a hint of smokiness. Finished dry with a solid bitterness. First class. Bottled. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
Hazy dark orangish brown color with a nice medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Lightly sweet malt and coffee flavor. Coffee bean finish. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2004
Bottle. Has a deep ruby color and starts with a HUGE off-white foamy head. The head fades to a light covering. Aroma is dirt with chocolate cake and cinnamon. The taste is a slight caramel with tangerine. Ends on an unpleasant a sour note. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
Pours a burnt amber colour with a big lingering head diminishing eventually to a sheet of lace. Aroma is of roasted coffee and caramel. Flavour is very nutty (hazelnuts, walnuts) and bitter with some apple caramel and banana hiding in the back. This is a darn good beer, I wish Grail was at least this good. There is a bit of a funky aftertaste though.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Ruby-bronze body with moderate carbonation and a rippled, velvety beige head. Unique aroma of roasted malts and grape bubble gum. Roasty flavor of coffee and fruity malts with considerable tanginess. This a pretty interesting beer. Not great, but novel.
shearmadness (2) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004 does not count
Very nutty smell with a creamy head. It has a very smooth beginning with a little bite at the end. boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottle: This one is a reddish-brown color. There was a bit of a tight tan head (small bubbles) to it also. A fair amount of lacing down the glass. Roasted aroma with some fruit notes to it. Maybe even a bit yeasty. Roastiness to the taste, with a bit of a sweetness. Hints of coffee and fruits. Very Nice! DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2004
Redbrown with firm beige head.
Roasted aroma with tones of apple, almonds, fudge, coffee and dark
bread. A bit acidic.
Coffee and chocolate toffee in the mouth. Firm bitterness with coffee in the finish
hotstuff (5140) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle. When poured, this beer formed a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and contained fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was carbonated and transparent with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty with some caramel and fruitiness. The flavor was lightly bitter, smokey and burnt tasting. The mouthfeel was mostly smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average lacing.