Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich, dark brown in color with a beautiful head that after a couple of minutes, resembles luscious creme brulee. The flavors are complex, but in my opinion, they are masked by the intense carbonation/high alcohol content. For my tastes, I preferred the Trappistes 8, which I believe was more balanced. The best part was that each sip was better and more defined than the previous one. Not too shabby, but not the best I’ve had.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster @ PIB. Pours a deep currant color. Smells of bread dough, and a rich alcohol scent is there as well. Spicy, pretty tasty flavor. Warming and rich. A full bodied beer.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Pours very dark ruby, head is huge and creamy, light brown in colour. Aroma is strong, with plum, sherry, alcohol and toffee, very complex and rich. Taste is fairly alcoholic, but as the warmth dissipates, plum and rich sweet malt come through. The finish is very warming and malty. Fantastic and nothing less than I’d expected.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 400 - 11.2 oz bottle - Pours dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch tan head that clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of raisins, plums, dough, malt. Quite complex to the nose. Flavor includes plums, raisins, licorice, bourbon, molasses all intertwined beautifully. This beer feels dreamy in the mouth. Carbonated enough to make it light and airy but it feels so good to sip almost buttery in the mouth. You just want to hold it there for a few minutes before each swallow. This is one smooth well balanced and extremely complex brew. I couldn’t pick up one bit of the 11.3% alcohol. This is just a beautiful beer.. It truly is heavenly!
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely wonderful aroma of sweet malt, sugary raisins, plums, with a lingering smoothness. The beer is dark brown and opaque with a nice 1" of head that isn’t going anywhere (great for an 11%abv beer). There is some alcohol warmth in the taste, but it is very settled. Carbonation seems a little high for my tastes. I can’t even fully describe the flavor other than to say, wow. This is the best I’ve had
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Pours a very dark brown with copper highlights and medium-sized creamy tan head that gradually decends to a persisting cap producing beautiful thin lacing. The nose is very complex. Many aromas subtely lace together and with each sniff you’ll discover something new. Licorice, raisin, apple, plum, caramel... A sweet and distinctive fruity nose. As you take your first sip the perfect carbonation gently tickles the tip of your tongue and the mouthfeel gradually becomes fluffy and light. As it moves to the back of your tongue you begin to notice the body of this beer: rich and slightly bitter. The malty flavors start to appear, caramel, honey and coffee blend with the dark fruits. The balance in this brew is perfect. As you swallow, a silky smooth and creamy aftertaste settles on your tongue while a toasty feeling subsides in your stomach. Truly exquisite. The high alcohol content (11.3%) is extremely well hidden. This is an absolutely fabulous brew that you have to drink in a quiet and clean place in order to appreciate its complexity.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think it has all been said before, after reading about this beer and the other top 10 or so over and over and over, I don’t have much to add. Great beer. I was still suprised by the amount of head and carbonation, but it settled out nicely. Delicious.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
WOW! Was I disappointed. Nothing near as good as the westy 8 I had some time ago. IMHO it was thinner than I expected, more carbonated, and just not as world class as I was led to believe. Interesting-yes…Great-no. As for the rating. Poured into a snifter. Came out deep cheery/mahogany wood color. Medium off white frothy head. The aroma was excellent. Bourbon, sweet dates, molasses. Very pleasing and sweet. The flavor had interesting notes of bourbon, brandy, molasses, Belgian candy, alcohol, and pine sap (not all that pleasing really, perhaps because of the alcohol but more likely because of the body). Strange, as I turely like all those flavors. Just not in this combination or beer. The body was more carbonated than I expected, and was lightly syrupy but watery after that. Just not the wonderful beer I expected for #200.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dark brown appearance and a nice head that is long lasting. Fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Also has a fruity taste with an alchohol prescence. Overall a very pleasant beer.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 330ml - Dark muddy body with hints of ruby in the little light that could make it through. Caramel and light spices in the aroma. Then a first sip starts the macarena on my tongue! Chocolate and malt start swinging so hard that I almost forget to notice everything else there is: raisin, wine-like or port-like feel, alcohol is more than well balanced.
A truly compelling package that ends up with a long and complex finish.