aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Darker than i expected, but i apparently did not read the commercial description; nice fruity sweetness in the nose, equalled in taste. A tad fizzy. Very drinkable.
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some coffee in the nose, but other than that, some bready hoppiness. Very fizzy palate. Not as complex as I was expecting - it seems a pretty straightforward beer.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burnt caramel aroma with plum and berries.Opaque and cloudy darkest brown with large tan head that diminished slowly with marginal lacing. Flavours are a celebration in the mouth sugar sweet malty caramel, orange, spice, berries and a lasting sensation of liquid chocolate with just a little tartness catching the edges of the tongue to contrast. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth and quite thick and rich. This is a perfect dessert drink or something to be savoured as an evening drink. I've been saving this bottle and just popped it open to celebrate the completion of my first all-grain brew session. It was the perfect choices and I can feel my spirits awakening. Bottle.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2004 very faint aroma; very dark brown color with a thick tan head; flavor much like an abbey tripel (rerated 2/28/2004: aroma much more distinct - sweet malt predominates; the flavor could be rated 9 except for being slightly too sweet with just a little too much alcohol coming through)
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tart fruity aroma. Slightly thin palate. Sweet dark fruit taste with a mild tart/spicy background. Very drinkable. Sweet raw sugar aftertaste.
3fourths (9324) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral aroma full of berries, scotch and wood. Initially harsh, then medium bodied with some light fruit and wood flavors, then finally a sweet bite of sugar mixed with spices and plum. Quite nice.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown and opaque, with a nice thick head of light tan. The smell is alcoholic, and redolent of dark fruits, bananas, and slightly nutty. The flavor resembles a belgian triple, sweet fruity and strong.
jsquire (4397) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drank this 12 oz. bottle (BB 05-07-06) out of my snifter. Dark, murky beer with an initial foamy head that settled into an active ring with nice lace. Nose of grape, apple, raisin and alcohol. Very fizzy on the tounge. Lots of dark fruit sweetness, like baked apples in brown sugar with rum raisins on top. Very nice sipping beer. It does feel very light for a 9%.
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. A bit over carbonated for the style in my opinion. Nice dark fruit flavors but not as well balanced as I would have liked. A bit harsh on the palate...not too bad but just not as mellow as I was expecting. I think this beer would benefit greatly with age.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown topped with coarse bubbles. Aroma is punget fruit, yeast and that familiar belgian spiced malt. Smoother than expected considering the appearance, sweet and fruity with a spicy undertone, finishes with a kick. Not my favorite blend of flavors but I can appreciate the craftsmanship.