jsquire (4299) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish color out of the bottle with a foamy off-white head. Sweet candi sugar nose. Caramel, toffee, white sugar with dark fruit notes of plum and raisen. Some toast hints with a warming alcohol sense to it. Tastey beer.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden amber hue with a small white head. Aromas and flavors of spice, malt, and honey.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours from the 75cl green wired and corked bottle a clear burnished copper color with the head minimal in size, the texture frothy and the color a very light tan, after its quick demise the lace forms a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has an over ripe fruit aroma, plum like, sweet and refreshing, the start is sweet with the malt presence adequate; top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is strikingly acidic and the hops delectable in their spiciness, the aftertaste almost vinous, dry as a desert bleached bone, a fine drinking beer and one that hits the “B” spot, at least for me.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber; thick head as expected. Very mild, inviting malt nose. Very nice spice to start. Less grassy then other BdG’s. Lots more malt. It is obvious where they were going with this one as a Xmas Offering.
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(BB 4/06) Clear russet. Foamy mixture of large & small bubbles with islands of dense cream. Aromatic caramelized malt husk notes with tropical fruit esters, musty yeast, and fresh hop hints. Softly fuzzy, but full in body. Onset of dry, leathery roast grabs foothold amid distant pale malt notions, which soften the underlying mineral astringency. Firmly acidic, but softly irony, at the same time. Dainty, but staggeringly complex, fusion of grainy malt, iron, and musty yeast dryness collide with softer notes of acidic apple must, nuts, and buttery yeast. Pervasively juicy malt notes resurge with a thunderous roar of toffee-glazed cake and a briefly husky Munich center. Dryish finish tightens the date and caramelized malt sweetness, before completely washing the sweetness away, leaving only a trace of floral hop spice in its wake. Gracefully rustic.
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2005
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
grapey chocolate aroma. pours a cloudy brown. taste is sour watery tea. an off bitter flavor that sucks, my notes have scrawled across them"christ this is horrible, this is bad tea disguised as beer"
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber brown with a thick tan head. Mettallic roasted malt with some molasses and woodiness. Rich in the mouth with a sweetness that creeps across the tongue. Molassses, burnt carmel, some fruit and eathy marzipan. Not bad winter treat.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazy brown body with a fizzy dirty tan and white head. The aroma is sweet and dusty. Caramel and lots of yeast. The flavor is much the same,. Harshness in the aftertaste. Acidic and sweet. Ok but not real great.
thedm (5977) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew marked best before April of 2006 poured a large sized head of long lasting fine to large sized white colored bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent copper brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was mild with smooth malty notes. The mouth feel was tingly smooth and contained vinous notes that mellowed in the finish. The flavor was mildly vinous with malty and hoppy notes.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured ruby amber with a medum tan head with big floaties...smell is hoppy and alcohol...taste is malty sweet with some spicy tea bitterness...not bad!