weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice copper brown with a quickly dissolving head. Smells of nutmeg and carmel remnescent of holiday cheer. And this thing would turn your cheeks rosey read. I have had other high alcohol beers in this range, but this one is similar to the Russian tradition of pouring a shot of vodka over a nice cold beer. Just not that decent.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber reddish colour with a dense off white head. Malty caramel sweet aroma with vanilla and alcohol notes. Malty fruity and sweet flavor and a balanced alcohol finish.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice fluffy off-whit head. full bodied malty sweet begining with slightly dry spicy finish. a satisfying belgian, not sure why i am drinking this in the middle of May, but it is still good.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful dark amber with a fairly small head, hazy with a lot of sediment. Extremely complex with flavours ranging from walnuts to chocolate. Very full body with the alcohol present and warming for the long, cold winter nights....A great experience, and THE beer to spice any boring family Christmas-dinner. 071193
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 a mes rate:
Strong alcoholic nose, no head, hardly any c02, drinkable for a 12%, very sweet tasting and the alcohol is not really hidden well, spicy finish, palate is excellent.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice intens dark amber-orange beer with fine beige foam. Deep malt aromaís with hints of concentrated oranges. Complex woody accents and touches of old Cognac, spices and bee-wax. Very smooth mouthfeel and complex pallet. It has hints of tropical wood, spices, sugar, a fine bitter touch of Marc de Gewurztraminer, nut and nutpeel, dry fruits like figgs, apricots and vanilla. In the end a slight alcohol bitterness of again Miclo Marc de Gewurztraminer aged in wood.
Take your time to drink this.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A firey Mf on tap, I enjoyed this at Maproom and later in the bottle. Clear browninsh-red, no head to speak of from bottle or tap. Firey throughout, peaty in the middle, flowery at the finish.
Dorqui (2201) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dense and adherent foam, much persitent. Auburn dark color, loads and much effervescent. Medium scent, much alcoholic and sweetened. Sweet taste with strong notes of caramel and liqueur. Extinguished and lightly thick. Much full bodied and fort, decidedly excessive. Persistent caramelís finish.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle. Not much to say about this one...I found it to be nearly identical to the regular version...a touch sweeter...and still a lot of alcohol.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber color with a small, fading head, leaving lots of sticky lace. Toasty, toffeeish, alcoholic aroma, along with raisins, spices, and spicy hops. Very strong alcoholic flavor; however, the alcohol does not detract from the taste. Lots of raisiny flavors also present with a full, sweet maltiness and christmas cookie spices. Burns on the way down, but also leaves pleasant aftertastes. A nice beer that I enjoyed after a night of writing, though very strong (which, I admit, I needed at the time). Could use aging -- but Iím not sure that will cure it from its alcoholism.