RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Aroma: Rich maltiness with a brown sugar and caramel note. Dark fruits and raisins, with a bit of grapeiness. Chocolate and anise. Some earthy notes as it warms. Appearance: Dark brown in color. Medium beige head was full and creamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt with notes of coffee, chcolate, anise, brown sugar, and bread. Yeast and pepper. Huge dark fruit, with raisins as the star. Alcohol is there, but not unpleasant. A light tartness into the finish. Medium dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Really enjoyed this. Well crafted and delicious from beginning to end.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark brown beer with a big beige head. The aroma is of caramel malt, anis, dark fruits Raisins/Pruens, so is the taste, but with some alcohol. Medium body with a dry light alcoholic finish.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured brown with creamy off white head. Aroma of raisins and some sweet malt. Big raisin flavor with some sweet malt. Other fruit present throughout.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought at Port Solana Beach. Rather mild pour, slight head, some alcohol burn on the first sips, sweet malt, dark fruits, some earth, Bitter Krauter flavor, enjoyed the flavor, but abit harsh alcohol there, still nice though.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via Weeheavy. Dark color. Smell of malt, caramel, dark fruit, bread and brown sugar. Taste of dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, malt, minor leather and alcohol. Very nice.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml Bottle) Pours a brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of herbal tea, raisins, toasted bread, and caramel. Flavor of herbs, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and some chocolate. Should mature well over time.
hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Bottle acquired back in May 07 at the Lost Abbey Anniversary. Aged 1 year, re-rate sample just 3 days after the Lost Abbey Anniversary party. Dense, dark mahogany color with reddish-brown edges. Appearance has boosted with age, smooth beige head and lots of lacing around the edges of my Trappist. Roasty aroma of smoky dark malts, a light acidic funk, plums and of course, the raisins. Dark flavor that ranges from sweet at first sip, with plenty of banana and raisin, transitioning into peppery spices and bitter hops. Finishes nicely; the additional age has rounded out the palate, very smooth. Acidic finish is subtle, but noticeable. Not bad. It seems that the brettanomyces character has mellowed a lot, resulting in a much more complex and subtle tang.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos. Cloudy dark amber-mahogany witha a very thick, sustaining, fine, dense golden-tan head. Some candied sweetness in the aroma with subdued spicy hops, toast, herbs, and dried fruit. Fairly dry but does have a bit of dark, fruity sweetness with toasted malt, reserved fermentation characteristics, and some alcohol flavors. Big yet nimble in the mouth with smooth bitterness and alcohol warmth.
jrob21 (2632) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle smuggled back from San Diego. Nice aroma of smoked and roasted malt. Cloudy brownish color with a decent tan head. The raisins come out a bit in the flavor with a slight sweetness. The bret is subtle and I wouldn’t have noticed it if you hadn’t told me. Nice smooth big beer. Really enjoyed this one.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
blackish brown body, aroma is rasiny chocolate malt, a little rummy. flavor is dryish and rummy malt, a bit hot, and roasted dark chocolate malt too. dryish finish.