A medium dark brown color. Aromas of banana, warm caramel sauce, figs, raisins and dried sweet cherries are all lifted by a backbone of sour acidity. The mouthfeel is round and creamy with flavors of roasted coca nibs, dark rum soaked prunes and cinnamon graham crackers. The clean finish is full of strong malted coffee while the alcohol is warming and augments the sweet spices lingering on the back palate.
91 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2009)
Dark brown with bright ruby hues, mild chill hazed with a very active carbonation. Bubbly frothy lace that holds well from the higher carbonation. Very noticeable racy solvent and estery higher alcohols, expressive fruitiness with some suggestions of berries, ripe pear and plum. A sweet aroma to say the least. Brash biting carbonation, bit slick on the tongue. Big fruity juicy middle with mild herbal phenols and pronounced dark malt that throws some chocolate into the mix and feigns a chocolate covered berry flavour. Touch of hop bitterness slides in with the phenols to add some balance. Alcohols catch-up with the palate and lay down some heavy estery and mildly solvent warmth, fruitiness expands into some grape and dried tropical fruits. Malt comes through a bit more middle to end bread crust and husk, slightly puckering nuttiness from the yeast sets in also. Finishes dry and a touch fluffy. Big, dry and in you face. Flavours flare out just about everywhere with a broad complexity. A brew to savour as a night cap after a big meal to settle the body sip and enjoy.
91 points, BeerAdvocate (Aug 2002)