JayBaxter (408) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Beautiful dark chocolatey appearance with a creamy head.Sweet toasty nose and wonderful mildly spiced fruity taste.This really does remind me of Christmas cake & yet it has a sweet chocolate taste aswell.It hides its alcohol very well and I feel almost honoured to be drinking it.Wonderful beer!!!!
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fizzy in the glass, no appreciable head. Sweet aroma of raisins and jam. Deep brown - red-brown. Hot alcohol on the front end, with a flash of oak, then a parade of flavors that range from sauteed mushrooms to sweet red wine and some magnificent dessert with chocolate and fruit. All sorts of foresty flavors that I canít place. Alcohol character is fleeting, but felt all the way into your soul. For my 100th beer Iíll give this a "20". Sublime.
SpringsLicker (2938) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark muddy brown with a decent lace coming off an off white head.
Aroma when cold is of dried fruit and chocolate with a vinous note in the background.
The flavor is rich. Like chocolate cake, toasted almonds and whipped cream topping. Some vanilla. Very complex.
Alcohol is totally hidden in the flavor.
The palate is creamy with a long sweet finish. Very nice.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep brown with floaties, and thick head. Sweet/Sour nose, with carmel toffee, milk chocolate, cherry, honey, vanilla, soy, and more I canít get my nose out of the glass! Big prickle in the mouth, with a lingering and well lasting, and um, long, long, finish. Vanilla, chocolate, plum, invade your mouth soflty but leave massive flavors behind, as caramel, coffee, raisen, and other pleasant flavors dance their way out on the finiish. The alcohol is well integrated, and leaves one wondering when and how it will hit! Truley ,one of the best!
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a very nice head. Aroma from toffee and chocolate but also some fruit. Flavor brings chocolate, syrup and cream. Peppery finish.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into my Orval wide-mouthed glass with very little head and very little lacing. Appears very still, with floaties remaining suspended eternally in the dark brown brew. Taste is fruity and malty, with not much hops to be found. Iíve had Westvleteren 12, and I know Westvleteren 12 and while this is close to it, it ainít no Westvleteren 12! Still, a mighty impressive Trappist ale with wonderful taste--I just wouldnít make a habit of spending $8.39 for a 11.2 oz bottle of it.
biznizness (1056) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes yes I like this a lot. Nice and sweet and a chewy, full-bodied feel. Goes down very easy, maybe a little too easy for an 11.3% beer. This is beer done right.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rated 11,3% Vol., but did not feel alcoholic at all. It had a rich flavour and the (rather sweet and smoky) taste staid a long time in my mouth. Iíd drink this beer anytime and anywhere. It rates as one of the best I have ever tried.
vanvenlo (1092) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tons of malt and hops with sweet aroma. Slight cloudy dark brown colour, light brown head and a beaut lacing. Slight smoke fruit and well rounded spiritous hop complexity. Lovely body with a flavour that lingers.
TBone (11326) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 05/2009)
Dark brown, brown small head. Parfumic, lemon aroma. Soft flavor, very fruity with prunes, grapes and hints of strwaberry. Full-bodied. Smooth aftertaste. Hides high ABV quite well.