TBone (18212) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2005
Bottled (BB 08/2006)highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2005
Hazy peach/orange color, off-white head. Fruity nose. Fruity with alcoholic burn but pleasant. Some hops in the finish. Similar to some East European strong lagers (maybe to Frederik Tosin 12% as sayravai claims:)) !
A complex classic. Pours the bronze colour that prompted the switch from its previous name, Bush 12%, to Bush Amber/Ambree. The short tan head quickly disappears. Gorgeous sherry-like aroma that betrays the high abv. Some fruit and caramel notes. The palate is full and almost syrupy. It’s sweet and nutty, with lots of alcohol up front. The finish is wonderfully complex - dry and satisfying with orange-citric characters. Made for sipping, rather than swigging. The alcohol becomes a bit fierce towards the end of the bottle but those first few sips are enchanting.
(Bottle) dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Bottled. Clear dark amber colour. Small head. Caramelly, alcoholic aroma. Very sweet, caramelly with hints of raisins. The high alcohol shines through. It is okay, but maybe too sweet. I had no problem with the alcoholic flavour, as I´m not that opposed to it, and like spirits, too, but in combination with too much sweetness this influenced my experience in a somewhat negative way. Still it is a quite an enjoyable sipping beer. tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Pours a darker, transparent amber with a small head, leaving lace. Light honey aroma. Weak malt also. Alcohol stings the nostrils. Spicy hops and watery malt. ALcohol too. Alcohol becomes evident after a few sips. At first fairly sweet, becoming warmer & dry from the alcohol. This is an interesting beer. It wasn’t that great but I enjoyed it. Big alcoholic kick, too. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
This is a good Belgian Strong Ale. Caramel, slightly bitter, and some fruit flavors. Finishes bitter sweet, warming, and chewy.
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From a small bottle.Orange in colour,small head.Tons of citric fruit,reminds me of Grand Marnier flavours,strong and sweet,just like me. beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2005
well balanced considering it’s abv. dark amber with a thin white head and nice lacing. very fruity, plums, citrus. it’s pretty malty with some notciable taste of coffee and chocoalte raisin. there is a bit a of a taste of alcohol, which is to be expected, but it is not unpleasant. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottled. Crystal clear orange color with a small white head. The aromas are of cherries and malt with hints of tartness. Huge caramel sweet flavor with a slight fruity tartness to it. Almost overpowering alcohol warmth hits you about halfway in and then stays on your tongue like a shot of bourbon. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2005
A dark gold with a little cloudiness. I may have shaken the bottle a little too much. A thin and strange looking white head. The aroma is peaches, apples and brandy. The taste has a strong spice of black pepper. Also some subtle peaches and vanilla. A hint of tartness of apples. A little light on the fruity and malty character. Also a little butterscotch and maple in the back of the throat. Decent, but far from the best in the style. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Reddish orange with white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Caramel city this is. Taste is sweet, butter, toffee, with mild alc finish not representative of 12%.