jrhammonds (29) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a dark plum, brown with a fruity nose that will set you somewhere between candyland and Willy Wonka. Intense plums, figs, and raisins erupt onto the palate all the while accompanied by a stong carbonation. A pleasant bittering finish neutralizes and blances this complex "still-not-sure-what-hit-you" ale!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Let this beer warm up. At cold temperatures it smells like bunghole. Aroma is almost wine-like, with hints of grapes and raisens. Pours a dark burgandy with a foamy head and chunks of yeast are apparent. Taste is wine-like as well, and hides the alcohol rather well but has some bite to it. The taste doesn’t excite me too much but I cannot resist drinking it. There is some magic going on here. Cheers!
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Pours a dusty red prune juice, with an Irish cream head. Has a healthy presence of sediment. Nose is of butter, plum, and herbal currant, with notes of sweet, loamy oats, pizza crust, and even faint hints of lemon. Taste starts off with buttery, dark fruit chutney, honey oat bread, and caramel, before segueing into notes of macadamia and pecan. Finish is of nutty oats, with very light notes of banana. Mouthfeel is juicy, with a slight chewiness. In my opinion, this is a very complex and savory beer. It is brilliant on its own, but also pairs well with (real, freshly churned) vanilla ice cream.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
horizontal tasting with the westy 12- much different. Again, nice tannish shaving cream head. Scent is substantially different with the 10 bringining more impy stout scents and flavors- roastyness, darker malt- some tea like flavors as well.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle poured nice brown color with a good amount of head. Lots of particulate at the bottom of the glass. Nice strong flavor, kind of sweet. Good finish.
bombardier (4) - USA - AUG 2, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark in appearance and aroma, mostly with the scent of roasted nut and raisins. Flavor is more of the same, with plum added. Does not hide the acohol content as well as Westvleteren or St. Bernardus.
Nephilium (1660) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Labeled 24.01.12) I keep going back to smelling this as I pour it out. Notes of spice, vanilla, a touch of sweetness, and a crispness that I can’t place. It pours an almost opaque brown, with just hints of light peaking through the thin part of the goblet I poured it into. It has a lively brown head that you could hear popping as it struggled for a life of its own before it settled down into an eighth of an inch of head. The flavor is great on this as well, a nice sweetness with enough carbonation to lift it from the palate. It has a very silky mouthfeel. There’s hints of the dark fruits, and a little touch of the vanilla. The alcohol in this is amazingly well hidden. Something I’ll recommend that everyone give a try to.
Derek881 (1240) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Poured into trappist glass from 330 mL bottle. A very rich, opaque, dark brown-mahogany color with a big, creamy, tan head that had great retention, very good lacing, and average cling. Wonderful roasty aroma, with a mixture of heavier fruits and accompanying hops. Hints of raisin, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel in the aroma. The taste is densely sweet, with a solid, bitter undertone and moderate sourness; mildly fruity in nature. Palate has great fizzyness, but still feels oily-smooth and thick. It slides down the throat easily, and has a modest warming effect in the back and on the roof of the mouth. Wow, a truly great beer, with exceptional drinkability and character. The flavors became more and more pronounced as I drank the beer and it warmed. The perfect choice for me to celebrate my emancipation!
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with offwhite head that quickly dissipates. Vanilla, grapes and raisins in the aroma. Smells almost like a port. Very light on the palate considering the high alcohol and very dark color. I must have gotten a bad bottle because I expected so much more from this beer. I was really disappointed and surprised that the complexity and intensity was not there. I will have to definitely try this one again and rerate it.
maltysfalcon (6) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted with Bernardus ABT 12. It pours medium- dark brown with moderate head. Not as full-bodied as the Bernardus, it has darker, roasted nut aromas and a more crisp finish. The flavors are more intense with walnut and raisin flavors. The finish is long, with an elegance that makes it imminently drinkable