jonno (2761) - JAPAN - DEC 23, 2006
Solid ale, but not a great smell. It makes up for this with a great, almost tart taste. Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Mostly opaque medium brown orangey hues and a thin tan head. Taste is sweet, spiced and lightly astringent which burns a bit on exhale.$5/8.5oz JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. Hazy red/brown colour with a slim white head. Very nice aroma of vanilla and spices, with malt, fruit and caramel. Sweet flavour finishing lightly bitter. Caramel, dried fruits and malts and spices throughout. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden, becoming warming in the finish. Medium bodied and a fair amount of carbonation. Nice. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle purchased 2005, sampled Dec 2006.
Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
This beer pours a gorgeous blood orange with a robust off-white head. Beautiful.
The aroma is equally delightful - orchard fruit with a hint of citrus, spice and woody vanilla. Fantastic.
Unfortunately, the flavor and palate just couldn’t live up to that 14-point start. The flavor is pulls in wheaty yeast notes that seem out of place atop the lightly burnt caramel flavors; a mellow suite of hop flavors meld nicely with the caramels, accented by that same vanilla that flows through the aroma, but one picks up strong alcohol flavors as well that detract from the experience, excusable as they may be at 12%. The mouthfeel is hot and otherwise unexceptional.
So in the end this one drops in short the promise that it initially seems to offer. It’s not bad, but after that start it’s hard not to be a bit disappointed.
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown with a large creamy light brown head that was fully lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate complex spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a light bitter finish with a long duration. Very well done.
SpringsLicker (3636) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Clear amber/orange body that produces a diminishing, off-white head with a creamy texture.
Fruity apple aroma as well as some alcohol.
Sweet and spicy caramel flavor with a touch of bitterness. Alcohol well hidden for it’s %. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
dark brown, clear. frothy head/lacing. aroma a bit weak. sweet though. kinda reminds me of a horrible tripel i had at the delirium cafe in brussels. really alcoholic, about as sweet as it gets. got better as my palate adjusted. Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2006
(Draugt at Akkurat, Stockholm, 14 Dec) Darkbrown, almost mahogany, colour with white head. Fruity nose with dried fruit, figs and marzipan. Rather sweet. Fruity, sweet taste with notes of dried fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and spicy hops in the finish. Medium to full body. Sweet. The warming alcohol is evident, but it doesn’t taste like 12%. Well balanced, warming and very tasty. tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
bottle 2006: pour is a hazing garnet/mahogany color with a creme colored head. aroma is of malt syrup and flowers. sweet. hints of caramel, brown sugar and spice. flavor is very sweet and malt. brown sugar. earthy, floral hops. hints of spice. creamy smooth mouthfeel. the 12 percent is there but well hidden. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
2003 (3 years old) – Red amber body, beige creamy head; Big balanced pleasant sweet nose, caramel, chestnut crème, but unfortunately also some cellar/ dust/ cob web aromas; Huge soft carbonation, velvety textured, deep sweet balanced body; Very long balanced finish that starts with a small amount of fresh bitterness, moves into a velvety sweet softness, perfect balance, great warm caramel, sugar aromas with a little strawberry freshness behind and the alcohol showing itself as a soft single malt warmth. If not for the dusty aromas and a finish that could be a little longer, this beer would be perfect.