lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a dark chocolate brown with amber notes abd frothy off-white head. Spicy-sweet aroma with a bit of an alcohol kick. Incredibly smooth and sweet balanced with nutty maltiness. Money in the bank. b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from small bottle. Dark brown in color with big thick head. Subtle aroma with sweet flavor. Hope to rerate soon.. stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
strong with nice full flavor, very complex, with a spicy finish. nice to have every once in a while. andywandy (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
drank from bottle at home. Fromed a healthy head with a dark brown body. A lot of spices taste and hard to determine which is whichThe taste was so palatable that I could drink all day . Unfortunately drinking all day 9.0% alcohol could damage my liver. I have to salute the monks for such a nice tasty beer. AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2006
A dark and very hazy pour with a lot of visible sediment. A plethora of malty flavors, highlighted by coffee and a spicey plum taste. The changing flavors make each sip a pleasurable experience.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Dark body with Amber tint. Tan head, good amount, with less lacing than expected. Sour, malty, bready aroma with alcohol and grapes present. Noted something else dry in the aroma. Lighter body than expected. Spicy hops at the end. Nutty (almond?), grapes in the mouth. Great balence. Not quite as remarkable as I remember it... spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Get alot of dark fruits and a little sourness in the aroma.Pours a murky brown with a huge tan head.Flavors of dark fruits and alcohol.Medium mouthfeel with some noticable alcohol in the finish. iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 2001 Vintage: Dark murky brown, with excellent (!) head retention, good lacing and fair carbonation. The aroma is somewhat tart with rum-soaked cherries, other dark fruit, sugars, some soy sauce, very fruity and vineous. Taste is well-rounded, strong notes of port, madeira, dark fruit, roses, brown sugar, vanilla, slight oxidation and a short, sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Ages well, and developes into something that’s quite different from what it once was. RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle from LCBO. Poured a dark liquid with the largest head I have seen in any beer. Served at a slight chill above room temperature. The smell was immediately rosy and very pleasant. The flavour was incredible. I am amazed by how great this beer is! Palate was very defined with a very refined sweetness. I was hit by flavours of what seemed like really amazing grapes, plums and prunes. Without a single ounce of hesitation, definitely on my top beer list. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Strong indeed. There was a lot going on with the flavors of this beer. There was a lot of sweet and the hops added depth, complimenting the sweetness and making it all three dimensional. I would not recommend having food with this beer, it may be too much.