cdeaton (66) - Madison, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After having the 8 knock me on my ass, I was expecting the 10 to throw me out of the living room. But having begun watching my boy James Blake struggle mid-match against some American unknown tonight in the Cincinnati tennis tournament, I needed the knocking on my ass. Didn’t get what I was expecting. The alcohol is so well-hidden, it’s borderline criminal. The head is gigantic and the beer pours like Vermont maple syrup with a long-lasting brown head. Fruity aroma and flavor, with some toffee, coffee -- very robust and complex. It’s a very unique beer. That said, it’s unique in a good way.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown, poured a massive dark brown head plenty of debris about. Taste is spicy and some citrus the aroma was of malt and raisen. 11.3% alc. is unnoticeable for double digits, but warming. Part of a blind tasting.
Goodgrief (1990) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Original June 2005, Updated Jan. 2007 - Poured dark brown with reddish highlights, decent head and a bit of lacing. Rich aroma of dark figgies and other dark fruits. The flavor was really strong dark fruits, as well as candied sugar and spices. Really sweet and an almost prunelike flavor which made this much less enjoyable for me than the 8. A good beer, but not as great as others make it.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 14, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 There are a lot of beers that have had enormous praise given to them. Some of these opinions are warranted, but there are few that can justify folks calling it, "the best beer in the world." Now, I don’t believe that any beer can be fall under that title, because beer depends on mood, company, and food, just to name some obvious factors.
That being said…this is pretty close. Rochefort 10 provides a rich “clean” taste for such a full bodied Trappist ale; gorgeous dark brown, amber with a subtle, sneaky tasting malty flavor...it seems to just open up in your throat. Unbelievable head on this, very slowly diminishing to a perfect foam layer; plenty of raisin/plum aroma, very striking; one of the smoothest beers I ever tasted.
In a nutshell, this is so far removed from beer as traditionally understood that it needs a different classification altogether. If I ever won the lottery, this would be the beer I toast with.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Aroma of sweet ripe plums. Tastes much stronger than I expected....then I saw the 11.3% on the bottle. Heavy on the palate and very deep, but really one-sided. I’m only seeing ratings of 4+, perhaps I should buy another bottle and sit on it for a while. 111311 This bottle is nearly 4 years old, bottled on October 24, 2007, nearly as old as my first post. Seems appropriate to revisit. Refined brandy soaked plums, very deep and rich. Ticked up. Very dark molasses brown. Thick creamy tan head, it held up my bottle cap. I still find this to be boozy and messy. Hot with toasty sugar sweetness, sharp maple wood. This is the same brash experience I remember from before. I guess I will never get this beer.
RolandTower (26) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is vary dark; passing light through the glass reveals that it is almost prune-purple in color. A creamy parchment-tan head forms and dissipates slowly. Small clumps of yeast circulate through the brew, carried by streams of carbonation. Smells of dark fruit and red wine. There’s a lot of flavor in here; a dark malt base underscores currant and plum flavors, with yeasty, spicy notes and a finish of bittering hop and warming alcohol. Definitely would like to try again sometime in the future; I feel like there’s further complexity in there that I couldn’t put my finger on.
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.