Touch of honey like sweetness, soft vanilla and medicinal phenols that are a little herbal. Malt is evident and yeast gives an earthy character to the aroma. Prickly carbonation with a warming and spicy alcohol wakes the palate up, medium to full in body donning a syrupy sweet mouth feel. Estery and fruity of mangos and star fruit, mild peppery taste in the middle. Hops are insignificant and are only in play to balance this big brew. Phenols are present and do leave a medicinal herbal flavour but not overdone at all. Some husk from the drying grain is in the finish and the warmth of the alcohol get more and more towards the bottom of the glass. Quite the alcoholic brew, big boisterous and complex. Perhaps over the top but still a brew to reckon with. A good cheese pairing would be with a nice creamy Danish Blue and some rye crackers.
95 points, BeerAdvocate (Apr 2002)
Pouring bright gold with just a touch of haze, this brew’s thick, foamy white head unleashes an enthralling bouquet. Lemon-zest citrus swells in the nose with brushes of earthiness and vanilla humming in the background. It starts tart and lemony on the tongue, and peppery notes enliven the swallow. The grainy malt flavor and sweet alcohol broaden the experience, though this smooth beer flows across the tongue with ease. It finishes snappy and clean, with a touch of residual sugary sweetness lingering behind.
94 points, Draft Magazine