jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. A hazed amber color with a diminished white head. A strong alcohol infused, medicinal, raisin and banana aroma. Warming, sweet, caramel coating, oily malt fruity flavors. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Dark amber body, medium head. Deep fruity yeasty aromas with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Initially very malty with caramel and toffee along with strong fruity notes of prune and plantain which follow and dominate. The beer suffers as it warms, becoming overly sugary and sweet, but still smooth and malty. Very little hops, fairly alcoholic finish. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle dated Jan 06. Dark and hazy mahogany color with an moderate tan head. Spots of lacing. Aroma of molasses, dark fruit (raisin, prune, dried berries) with some earthy notes and alcohol. Tangy brown sugar flavor mostly, maybe with some orange zest. Finish is syrupy, with a slight bitterness, but still oversweet. Medium to full bodied palate with fine carbonation. Nice, but I’d like some more of a bitter element to balance out the sweetness. Reminds me of barleywine Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Original Rating Dec 16, 2006: 3.8...Fun beer- a tad sweet, but in a good way. Very malty, high alcohol. Smooth finish. I really liked!
Re-rate April 10, 2009: 4.1....Cellared this bottle for over a year. Wondering if it’ll be any different. Aroma in this one was much stronger than I remembered in the original - very estery and fruity. Taste has intensified nicely- taking on a sour note, with deep malt flavor bordering on almost a barleywine intensity. Wish I had another one I could keep for yet another year. This has aged just beautifully. Very good.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with 11026 - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a one finger off white head. Some floaties present. Aroma is brown sugar and lots of esters. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Nice beer. Thanks Steve.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Sweet malty and yeasty thick aroma with a light dried frutiness. Amber brown color with quickly diminishing tan head. Flavor is sweet and full of dried fruity notes. Bitterness of orange peel throughout the middle. Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. Good overall. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle from Santa. Danm I’m drinkin’ all my Santa beers with the quickness. Anyway, Beautful slighty hazy amber color. Sweet, malty fruity aroma. The taste was the same with smooth body and mild alcohol finish. Candy sugar and yeast are also detected but not over powering. Very good beer. drywallman (364) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2006
This one fits in the Belgian category well. It had the minimal tan head, with the yeasty smell and candy malt taste I associate with a Belgian. Not fancy, but good. LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle - Brown beer with a tan head. Sweet aroma with a big malt blast. The taste masks the alcohol very well. A bit sweet but overall very good. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Aroma of yeast and candy sugar.Pours dark with a hint of red.Very little white head.Very sweet malty taste.Medium body with a swet alcohol finish.