Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
2003, 750 ml bottle. Dug this out of the cellar after I found out that I passed both praxis tests that I took (teacher cert). Copper color, fruity (cherry, dark fruits), earthy, and spicy. Crisp on the palate with a dry finish. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Two big corked bottles, both corks incredibly difficult to remove. Clear amber ale, some head, some lace. Deep earthy organic aroma -humus, rotting apples and falling leaves. Exceptionally well balanced, full and rich malty flavor with a hint of mushroom and peat. One of the best brews out there. verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled 8.27.04. The 750 ml corktop bottle spewed foam when opened. After a good bit of the neck of the beer foamed into the sink, I poured into a glass the cloudy, dark golden body. Needless to say, a huge foamy head topped this guy off. Aroma was fairly typical of the style: bananas, honey, and the like. Fruity flavors again present themselves upon tasting, followed by a very sweet, syrupy vanilla. Good, but alcohol is way too dominant. This may benefit from some time in your cellar, but is still very good young. Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
work of art in great malts and hops and yeast. Tasty orange and peach flavour with faint cloves and other spices. Somewhat complex on the taste buds. Good mouthfeel. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Bottle (bottled 8/27/04 and consumed on 12/24/04). A reddish color with minimal head fully diminished. Strong alcohol aroma with orange, spice, pepper, and flowers. Dry on the palate, spiced with plenty of alcohol. A little too harsh on the palate.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Wow, one hell of a flavor. Definite alcohol bite. Sweet, syrupy, and full of malty goodness. Very complex. shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Ordered this at the Victory brewpub and didn’t realize they were only serving it in 750ml bottles. Oh well. I had to drink the bottle by myself. Real bummer, I know!! The color was a speckled ruby with a nice head. The aroma was spicy and malty. The alcohol was very well hidden, and the flavor was delicious. 8/4/8/4/18 (4.2)stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
750ml bottled March 29, 2005. A little more than 2.5 years of cellaring. Poured into a snifter, the color is an apple red/orange. The head is a light cream and tight bubbles. Aroma is creamy and fruity with a touch of alcohol. Flavor is too alcoholic. Perhaps the age is too much for this beer. 6/4/5/3/12.
warming, deep fruit notes, candy like sweetness that quickly moves into alcohol. Share with a friend as this is a heavy fisted monkey ! PWalk (338) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2004
750 ml bottle: Hides the alcohol very well. Multiple flavors throughout especially a dark plum flavor. Very sweet. Payed $10 for the bottle, not a bad deal. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Poured nice reddish amber with no head...smell was sweet...very very sweet, earth fruits and cherries with a hint of pear...taste was sweet...again sugar, a few earth fruits, plums especially, with most of the sweetness coming from alcohol, yet that was not incredibly noticeable...finish was dry with a hint of alcohol...if it wasn’t called V12 I would not believe at all that ABV was that high...I bet this will age great!!!