pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2006
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(8.48 fluid oz. bottle) I didn’t check the ABV before sampling, but quickly turned the bottle around after my first sip, expecting something high, and discovered its 24 proof rating. This is far from my palatal sweet spot, being both a red ale style -- the "red" always smelling in my mind like a wet dog -- and overly fermented. When the ABV gets above 8.5%, it’s hard to balance it out with other ingredients. This is no exception. It smells like a wet dog and tastes like cheap, watered down whiskey.
shigadeyo (3648) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle on 10/17/2006 at River’s Bend -- Thanks Matt! -- Pours a clear dark honey color. Moderate amount of carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, and alcohol. There are hints of apples in the flavor and the finish is acidic and dry. The alcohol is detectable, but is actually quite subdued for 12%! Over all, this was a good beer but of the three I sampled tonight (this one, La Chouffe, and Corsendonk Christmas Ale), I think the Corsendonk Christmas Ale edged this one out by just a hair as the best...
anders37 (24478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with an off-white head. Malty warming alcohol aroma with hints of dark fruits. Dry malty warming bitter flavor with hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty warming finish with some bitterness.
SudsMcDuff (8182) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
finally gotcha! daek copper..good thick head, 1 fat finger!..sweet twisted choc smell...nicely masked for me, but for my pilsener loving uncle,a little harsh...this is full and complex and fruity and warming yet subtle but an ass kicker! good, an aged sample is what alludes me now!
mgardner (8) - Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Flying Saucer Charlotte. Brilliant ruby, dark amber. Faint smell of alcohol. Very sweet, nice spice character. Can’t taste the alcohol too much, but definitely warms you.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Dark amber - white head. A lot of sweetness, caramel, spicy, resin (hoppy), bread, vary complex, hides the 12% alc. but leaves a warming feeling.
Dedollewaitor (15737) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 25 cl. Clear amber with little white fast disappearing head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Dark fruits (plum) Taste is sweet and spicy with clear alcohol notes. Pleasant bitter lasting finish. Alcohol warmth (again)
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!.....did this beer ever pack a punch! Bottle from Bev Mo in La Mesa. Pours a very deep amber color with a nose of Mostly dar fruits such as plums and raisens. I had no idea it was 12%!!
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flaske fået af vores ølpusher på vesterbro. Klar kastanje med lille råhvidt skum. Sød som bolsjer (kongen af Danmark) i duften og sma
ger alt for meget af mandelessens. Det er ikke en favorit.
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo La Mesa. Pours a dark amber color with little head. Strong rich aroma consisting of dark fruits, raisins, and alcohol. Some apple aroma and a little tobacco. Very spicy dark fruit flavor with some alcohol burn. Strong malty finish. Alcohol isn’t as noticable in the finish. Enjoyable sipper.