DuffMan (7037) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful to look at: deep orange amber with a huge pillowy tan head. Caramelized banana, vanilla, cloves, and oak wood aromas. A bit fizzy with the alcohol immediate and warming. Pleasant flavours of sweet malt, toasted wheat, caramel and yeast. This was okay, but the sweetness and the alcohol made it feel cloying toward the end. I think maybe this isn’t my favourite style, but I appreciate the craftsmanship.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Orangish amber, vibrant yet with floaters, large fine bubbled head, lovely lacing, strong carbonation. For as old as this is, I am amazed as to how well this one looked. Yeasty/bready aroma, pale fruit skin, and even a bit of dark pitted fruit on the nose. Taste of heavy bread, fairly sweet, pale fruit skin to start, slight raisin/date/plum on the backside. Not very heavy like other examples, light, but big in body and very well rounded and smooth. Clean as well. Sweet exit, with a slight alcohol warming that lingers. Lighter than other examples, but it is still great stuff!   Thanks to Kevin of Bottleworks for sharing this one.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle Via trade with afterexile. Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a frothy ivory head. Aromas of yeast, bananas, cookie dough, licorice and plums. Big dark fruit notes in this one, mostly raisins. Sweet and malty. Caramel and spice with a bit of a licorice note. Although the alcohol is present, it’s masked fantastically.
adrian910ss (2372) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful hazy brown amber color with a small white head. Aroma is full of rich spices,bananas,nutmeg,plums and malts. Taste is carbonated slightly with hints of bittersweet spices, especially nutmeg,plums,bananas and malts. Excellent beer and very rich and satisfying.
Panzerfaust (566) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - NOV 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 Pours a slightly hazy dark orange/brown color with a big cream colored, frothy and long lasting head that leaves a huge gorgeous lacing and film.
Aroma is yeasty and malty with notes of prunes, raisins, molasses, apricots and overripe berries. Delicately spiced. I can even fell some hops in the form of a resinous hint. Incredible development with warming. Complex.
Delicious flavor, sweet with a great alcoholic kick and a semi-bitter finish. There are touches of liquor and ripe fruits like peaches and plums accompanied with caramel. Everything is well-balanced. I guess this heavenly brew would age well also.
Smooth velvety palate. Creamy texture. Carbonation is almost unnoticeable. The wonderful aftertaste lasts for long after a pleasant alcoholic finish. My body just feels warm and relaxed now. What an exquisite and criminally underrated beer!
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The last of the beers I have from the Konings Hoeven gift set. Pours a nice dark orange with decent head. Yummy malty yeast aroma with tones of banana and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is fruity with notes of dark cherry, raisin, banana bread...almost like rum. A balancing finish with just enough spice and alcohol to compliment the sweet. Fizzy on the tongue and coats the mouth and throat with flavors for a moment. Glad I saved this one for last from the gift set as it seems to be the best of the four brews.
kwik-lime (1382) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany colour with a good sized head. Aroma of fruit, oak and malt, very pleasant. Fair degree of carbonation notable in the taste, along with alcohol, but it is dominated by a fine sweet, caramelly flavour. Also hints of banana, plum, raisin. Malty of course. Very nice and easy drinking, perhaps not the awesome cacophony of flavours in Westy 12 and some other quads, but superb nonetheless.
FrankJohansen (3604) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colour with a small light brown short lasting head. Aroma of malt and fruits. good bitter sweet balance, but the finish is slightly alcoholic.
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very pleseant beer to drink.
You don’t get the 10% hit, it’s too easy drinking for that, which makes it kinda dangerous! :)
pivnizub (9039) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, thin, firm head, sticking to the glass; sweet, malty, bit yeasty (traces of turpentine ?) and fruity (raisins) nose;sweet flavour, malty body; slightly bitter and sweet finish; creamy mouthfeel; very well hidden alcohol, well balanced and astonishingly well quaffable. Sweet, but not cloying...............