Ellbert (7) - USA - NOV 1, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: It poured a very deep Ruby Red color. Looks almost black. It had a huge beautiful head that lasted a while. it settled to a thin layer of foam with a beautiful lace.
Smell: Sweet with a little spiciness and hops. There is a musty smell to it that isn't that pleasant.
Taste: There is some prune flavor in there. A lot of malty sweetness with a little bit of a hop bite. Alcohol is present even though it is only 6.7
Palate: Very thick and meaty. Very nice carbonation. As mentioned by many, you almost need a knife and fork with this beer.
Overall: Very thick and full. Probably would not be able to have more than two of these per setting.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, amber tint.
Sweet smelling, some fruits and chocolate in the taste. Finishes dry.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2003 Dark brown in color with a light brown fizzy head. Aroma is malt with caramel, chocolate, nuts. Flavor is sweet and chewy with notes of fruit and hops. This was great.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer. Black, with a foamy tan head. Chocolatey, malty, creamy. Nice flavor, chocolate and some sourness. Tangy. Great bitterness in the finish. I love this beer.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of dough and dark fruit. Flavors of chocolate and dark fruit, with mild hops coming in aftertaste which free the tongue from being bogged down with heavy malt flavors for the entire beer.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is amazing on so many levels, I just don't know what to say about it. Very dark with garnet highlights and big frothy head. Sweet malty flavors swimming in there with many other notes, which I can't identify plenty of. I can see the complexity and drinkability help it stand out as a beer of this caliber. I feel extremely privelaged to have had a bottle of Germany's top beer. I'll seek this one out again next time I'm in memphis. Scrumptiliously marvelous.
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 In a Fin Du Monde tulip. Itís very dark brown with a huge frothy tan head, slowly, but steadily diminishing though. Aroma grabs your nostrils and remind them what malt is all about, eminently complex and appealing with its chocolate (black and white, why not?), vanilla, cigar, and numerous fruits notes. Now thatís malty. This beer is as complex as any other beer. Period. Rich roasty black chocolate, some caramel, lots of plum esters, blue grapes, cherries, pecans, coffee, yum yum, butter notes as well as robust earthiness every couple of sips (sometimes, the malt reminded me of Rogue Hazelnut Brown nectar). The palate is as good as it gets, thick, full, round, velvety. Long aftertaste once it warmed a bit that varies from a sip to the other, once it will be the dark chocolate, the other time it will be the roastiness and next time youíll remember those juicy plums, subtly bitter at times. In my eyes, itís fully worthy of these high ratings. Thatís precisely the type of beers I adore, a big malty phenomenon with a body to back it up. Only critic Iíd adress it is the palate fatigue (or I just want the moment to last forever) I get after just one bottle, maybe the sweetness is too much although I never found it stickingly cloying, I wouldnít have two in a row, hell Iíd never deserve two i a row! Glad Iíve got another one of this rare treat. Thanks to both Erics!
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is cherries, raisins, and peanuts (yes, peanuts). Very sweet smelling. Flavor is a bit fruity sweet and tart - almost wine-like. Palate is fairly dry.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rusty brown with average tan head. Aroma is amazing. Smells like walking through a brewery, like unfermented malt. Very virgin beer smell. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Malt sweetness, some light bitterness. Rich body and dry.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-rate 8/31/04 Deep dark brown-ruby body topped by a huge creamy light tan head. Glass lacing is quite nice. The aroma is a very pleasant pure, crisp malt. Caramel and grain. Beautiful aroma. The flavor is not quite as good as teh aroma but is still outstanding. Chewy, almost buttery maltiness. Full thick lovely body. This beer is defintely worthy of all of the praise heaped upon it.
Old Rating -10/18/2003- 9/3/7/3/16 Clear brown, canít quite see through it. Nice quickly diminishing tan head comprised of fine particles. The aroma is exactly that of stepping into an active brewery. Boiling wort, yum. The flavor is exactly like the aroma. Nutty malt and sweet dark fruit flavors. Some smokey flavors. Bitterness seems to all come from the grain. Body is medium with a grainy aftertaste.