bierkoning (13387) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2004
Dark amber color, small but lasting head. Fairly complex aroma: hezalnuts, hops. Full bodied, buttery and oily. Warming alcohol. A firm hopbitter flavor, walnuts. Just a touch of wood. I can’t taste any fruit. There is some sharpness that will probably ease down over the years. Oaky bitter afteratste. Good quality beer that needs some cellaring. hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Crystal clear, beautiful, copper ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. The aroma is of caramel and golden raisins. The flavor is malty and sweet, but not cloyingly so; not even close. This comes as a surprise as this beer is "red hot" right now... 2004. Instead, the brew is very well-hopped to produce a semblance of balance. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Long, astringent, lightly bitter finish. I can’t wait until 2010 when I open the second bottle I purchased. DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Big thanks to goldtwins for this. This is the first boxed beer I’ve ever drank....if I had it around noon it would be a true boxed lunch. Pours copper with a big, white head. Aroma of malt, chardonnay, piney hops and lemon esters. Tastes very malty, with a superb finishing balance of hops, citrus, fruit, and a hint of krieky, lambicness at culmination. More complex than a Chinese calculus exam. As I mature beerwise and agewise I appreciate subtlety more (in beer, not women) and this one subtlelly wows me. Thanks again, Larry. 061306: Rerate froma bottle my neighbor and good friend Joe gave me. This beer has maintained the 4.3, and may be even more complex at this point. If you have one of these, I recommend popping it now! CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle from Sainsbury’s - bought one for (much) later, too. Heady vinous fruit/malt aroma. Oily, fruity, spicy flavour. Full mouthfeel. Good long roasty finish with some hop. Splendid. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
bottle no. 39224 -- pours a tawny brown with a fizzy full head. Aroma of caramels and toffees is intoxicating... literally. I was drunk off the fumes. The taste is so scotch smooth that this could easily be considered a lethal weapon. Almost too smooth though. It leaves a little beer aesthetic to be appreciated. Crystal malts and butter. Amazing.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Maybe the LCBO has seen the light by releasing something like this. Dark amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel with a strong fruitiness. The flavour is like sticky malts with caramel and and hints of orange. Great beer, could stand to be a little thicker in mouthfeel. I’ll have to buy another for aging purposes. Crockett (1119) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
No. 48378: Pours clear deep amber with a big lasting. Nose of caramel, musty raspberry and sweet whisky malts. Smooth big mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Lots of toffee, sea salt. Alcohol is well hidden in this complex beer. Buttery smoothness and a pile of barley. Although ready to drink, it is capable of certain wonders when aged. Good luck to my other five. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Poured copper color with big fluffy...smell is lemons and astringent...taste much the same...no real depth to this one...sweet lemons, alcohol, and ASTRINGENT dryness to the finish...age will be interesting indeed... legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Nice fluffy head. Slightly citrus nose. First sip is slightly citric as well. Not bad, but I can see where this will do well with age like the others. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
#700. Bottle number 91738. Bought this at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Pours a clear, bubbly copper color. Nice lingering tan head. Light, hoppy aroma. Some sweetness and fruit lingers in the background. Nice taste. But it’s kind of light. Probably would taste really good given a few years. Some sweet malt taste. No alcohol presence. I’ll buy some more and let them age. But still a good beer.