thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Lovely looking dark brown/red ale with a frothy thick cream colored head. Smells like caramel and toffee, plum. Great flavor. Bursting with it. I can taste burnt marshmallow, toffee, alcohol. Tastes quite strong and I can feel it in my cheeks after just a couple of sips. Quite nice. I can't believe this is a United States beer. It makes me proud. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Interesting color, with that tinge of red (burgundy if they insist). Visually attractive in other respects, including sustained head. Striking aroma, suggesting buckets of candy sugar, bits of alcohol, but more than anything else a strongly fruity note. I can't quite place it but neither does it seem complex: is it banana-plum? Caramel-cranberry-muffin? The flavor repeats this strong fruity vein, with fluffy palate (lively carbonated but subdued by a rich maltiness). The alcohol can be found, but it isn't particularly pressing on my tongue. I'd like to have this in a blind side-by-side, because while there is a lot to like here, at the same time I couldn't quite find myself satisfied by its depth of flavor, as it seemingly came up short both in the finish. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Hazy plum color with streaming jets of carbonation and a silky cream head. Complex and pungeant with elements of sweet and sour plums, molasses maltiness, and musty yeast. Smooth but sour palate with some fruit peel bitterness. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Very dark red body with a huge head. Nose is of candy sugar and malt. Very sweet taste, caramely, that is dry but smooth. Finishes very alcoholic. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This beer has a tan moderate sized head on a dark burgandy hazy body. Nice malty aroma with hints of alcohol in the nose. Flavor is complex, fruity, with a somewhat dry finish. I downgraded this just a tad in the overall as I detected a little harsh quality which some others of this style do hot have. All in all a very good beer though.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This pours with a bit too much carbonation. It has a nice sweet smell mixed with alcohol. It has a powerful flavor but the alcohol is very noticeable. Very full flavor. Excellent beer. mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Sweet caramel banana aroma.Chestnut appearance with a full head.Rich flavours up there with St.Bernardus:Bananas,caramel,chocolate ,figs and prunes with a little Belgian earthiness and a sour mild hop finish. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
dark, thick, brown chocolate appearance. Hmm, smaller head than I expected. clean, almost soapy taste. i'll let this warm... yeah, I ate those milano cookies on my "warming break." it's much better now. subtle fruits - bananalike. and those damn Milano cookies. i didn't really get much out of this though. pretty darn good, but I prefer others. thanks BierBauch! (minus the cookies) BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 How do I love thee...let me count the ways!
#1 - Banana, raisins, caramel malt, yeast, grass
#2 - Reddish brown slighty hazy with lots of bubbles. Head is thick and creamy and built to last. Lacing is building nicely on the side of the glass.
#3 - Fruity and a touch buttery, spicy. Hint of alcohol. Lightly sweet with mild hop finish. Doughy. Nutty. Banana bread in a bottle.
#4 - Nicely carbonated. Medium body. Every section of the tongue hit with something and no too much of anything.
#5 - Could drink every day of the year. An absolutely favorite brew! mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Nice deep burgundy color.Malty flavor, and it has a aroma of raisins. Very good and enjoyable. Its good to drink it at just below room temperature, not too cold. if too cold, you will not get the full effect.