IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Bottle POurs a hazy dark amber with a nice sandy colored head and fine even lacing. Aromas are much like the Westy 12 but darker and more smokey. Dark pitted fruit, alcohol is a bit more noticeable but at over 11% still hidden well. Flavors are consistant. Malty brown sugar and raisons. Smooth soft feel and a wonderfull slightly smokey aftertaste. Terriffic!
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Clockwork Brewpub, Glasgow. Dark red/brown. Medium, lasting head. Cloudy/particulate (yeast swirled in). Aroma chocolate/licorice/toffee/malt/dried fruit/vanilla/alcohol. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Obviously a world class beer, but the alcohol unbalances it slightly for my taste. My own preference is for the 8.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle, best before 04/03/08.
I have had several bottles of this over the past year, but this is the first time Iíve tried to describe it.
Pours out cloudy murky dark brown with a 1" head.
Head receads to a thin cap atop this glorious brew.
Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet.
Aroma is complex, dusty, plummy, raisins, currants, winey, banana, alcohol, with a touch of burnt sugar.
Flavor is sweet, raisin, malt, dark fruits, caramel, all enveloped by a mildly hoppy finish. Alcohol is not detected in the flavor, but it is when it hits the belly.
Like a Cohiba Siglo V, if I could afford to drink this every day I would. For now Iíll settle for once a month.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown beer with ivory colored creamy foam. Outstanding aromaís of dried fruits and roasted malts.The taste is very rich and a bit sweet. It ends with burned aromaís.
Cornfield (5341) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a murky, dark brown with a large brown head. The aroma is of dark dried fruits, chocolate, and alcohol. The taste, sweet malts with plums and berries and alcohol. Finishes on a sweet but fry note. A very enjoyable, warming drink.
Dorqui (2055) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Color brown much dark one. Foam creamy and supporter, much persistent one. Pungente scent, of fruit and cereals toasts to you. Much intense one with a strong and persistent aroma. Excellent aroma with a strong and sturdy body.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
beautiful dark brown, aroma sweet very mild chocolate, tast where to begin chocolate vanilla, plums, few other flavors i can not descrbe, blended very well not one aspect of beer is overpowing, smoothest and most enjoyable beer i have tried
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a celebratory beer for completing my last law school exam - ever!
Pours like a rootbeer with a nicer head; very little lace, though
Aroma is alcoholic, but thereís cherries, spices, and a woodsie scent in there as well. Extremely complex.
Flavor is...amazing and complex. Iím trying to nail down what Iím tasting and itís not easy. Hints of caramel, cherry, apricot, licorice...spices... Everything is so subtle, well, except for the alcohol that is a bit too strong, but even that isnít bad.
Palate is very creamy yet crisp, and nicely carbonated. Overall this is extremely good and well deserving of its ranking. A great choice for celebrating!
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with hints of red in the color. Aroma of oak, caramel, malt, licorice. Flavor opens up with caramel, licorice, and malt. Oak and licorice emerge as it warms and as alcohol vapors come off tongue. Creamy, rich palate that fils. Head lasta the whole way down. Great legs.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 The rating on this beer scared me. Was I ready for Rochefort? Apparently not. I really want to re-rate this because I think I may have been overwhelmed. Malty, dark-fruity, yeasty, I donít know. I do know that I refused a sip of Guinness because I didnít want to taint the experience. I drank the beer then at the end found myself licking my lips and saying, wha happened?