Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
This was intriguing. Well, the aroma of raisin and malts was right there. Poured dark, with little head. taste was cherry/oak and some sour and coffee. Finished strong. This was a pleasant surprise. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Heavily malted aroma from this brown beer. Lively effervescense keep the tan head from fading. Sublime malt presence in the flavor with woodsy undertones. Medium bodied with an alcoholic-dry texture and light astringency. Quite tasty, and the wife enjoyed it, too!
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2005
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nose of dark fruits and spiced woody malts, also a little liquorice i think. medium bodied with a tasty lingering finish. very nice. Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that I’d just tried it. Wow, we’re off to a great start here!
Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh.
Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries...
Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. I’m very impressed.
Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you haven’t had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Rich, dark ale with a thought of a head, this has a malty, smokey, woody aroma with hints of dark dried fruits. This has quite the robust feel in the mouth, well-bodied and well carbonated. Peaty malty tastes backed up by the beginnings of an alcohol presence, this is a slowly warming drink. Dark, woody, peat bog finish. Good drink.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2005
fruity, and yeasty aroma with notes of pear, alcohol, and oak; heavy malt flavor with some earthy and musty highlights, maybe some dark fruits in the background, definitely winey and portish; thick and oily palate with a slightly bitter/sour finish; the alcohol is there, no doubt; this beer has alot of flavors that, overall, don’t seem to blend very well: decent at best. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
A very nice candlelight contemplation beer. wonderful balance with a hint of peaty smoke an nice roasted caramel with a touch of vanilla. A world class brew from THE whisky country. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Brown/red colour, slightly hazy cloudy. Light white head. Spicy scent with bready malts and some oaking. Smooth with a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty body mixed in. Slightly sweet finish.
Sigmund (7918) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Rerate, 330 ml cellared bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Still an excellent beer, I get some differences in aroma and flavour: "old sherry" notes in the aroma are stronger I don’t get any notes of sour cherries this time. The flavour is less roasty (don’t get any coffee) and more sherrylike. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Beautiful brown to ruby colour, good beige head. Complex aroma of oak and sandalwood, some pine too, old sherry, leather, pipe tobacco, sour cherries, prunes, hints of smoke . Flavour is woody with a pronounced roastiness, coffee notes, strong tea, hints of bitter chocolate, excellent hoppy bitterness. A truly delightful beer! mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2005
gentle roasted/smokey aroma. foam diminishes to a little. really nice brown color. great flavors of mild chocolate, tootsie roll, smoked malt and lingering bitterness. finishes dry and soft on the palate. my mouth has been bathed in some beautiful malt. classic!