Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Bottled. Color was pitch black. Head was impressive creamy like and long lasting. Very complexity aroma that has felt different every time I try this beer. This one I come back time and time again. Aroma is a long list of things but predominately yeast, dry dark fruit (raisins, fig, date). Notes of coffee and chocolate can also be spotted in there. Roasted caramel and other malt characteristics can also be noted in the tasting impression. Flavor is full sweet with some light bitterness. Finish is long and complex again. Sweet/roasted and fruity. I just don’t understand that this beer is not up amongs the top 5 beers in the world top 50 list. Anyways this is proberly the best beer in the world, if you concider that you are able to get your hands on this beer year around.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Alrighty, round three. I think I finally "get" this beer now. Pours a nice dark murky brown with ruby highlights. Head is 1-2 fingers thick frothy light tan. The nose is incredible. Nice and sweet, but cloying, candy, very dessertish, dark fruits, caramel covered dark cherries, mild alcohol, nice earthiness, yeast character shows with some warmth. Very complex aroma. The flavor was very layered as well. Sweet caramel, earthy yeast character, raisins, mild spiciness, dark fruits. Warming mouthfeel and finish with a full creamy carbonation. Wonderful brew.
nimbleprop (7558) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a maple brown with a thick and creamy off white head. Smells of fruit, plum and grape mostly. Initial flavor is muddled because of the heavy alcohol. Spicy start, with a malty kick, but fruity finish with plums again. The alcohol is upfront with a smoother finish. Pretty nice.
Svesse (7916) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Colour is dark brown with ruby notes and a firm, frothy, beige head. Huge, complex, herbal nose with chocolate (and mint?), toffee, vanilla, spices, sugar-candy and a distinct honey sweetness. Taste is very complex: herbal with spices, vanilla, mint, dark fruit, fudge, chocolate, mocha, caramel, honey and .. well, there’s loads of stuff here, even a hint of julmust (Swedish Christmas soft drink). Definitely sweet, but very well balanced, medium to full body, slightly wineous. Lasting and warming finish. Alcohol shows itself in the warming finish, but otherwise remarkably well hidden. Amazing balance and absolutely lovely stuff.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a brown color, slightly hazy. head is medium not lasting too
long. Complex aromas that encompass malt, nuts and fruit as well. Flavors are dominated by malts, caramel and a noticeable alcohol component espciallly as the beer warmed up a bit. Fairly satisfying beer, with a lively carbonation as bonus
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy caramel with off white head. Aroma is fruit & malt. Flavor is fruit, raisin, malt, and alcohol. I found Rochefort 8 to have more complexity.
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark brown appearance colour with a thick beige head. Soft rich aroma and multi-flavored (fruits, yeast...). Perfectly balanced. A must drink
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a light cola brown that was very murky with a few clumps of yeast swimming around the bottom. It also had a tan and copper head that is creamy smooth with only a few large bubbles sticking together in clumps. As the beer sat, the head got creamier and smoother. The head stuck around until the end with a film of mini bubbles that looked like a sheet of tiny ball bearings. When I finished the last of the beer, there was still a spot of head in the bottom of the glass. Nice.
The beer smelled of maple syrup, molasses and black liquorish. There was also a yeasty smell of pepper and spearmint. I found it amazing was that there was zero alcohol smell, even at 11.3%.
The flavor was magnificent. It tasted of smooth and creamy brown sugar and marshmallows with a dry coffee and liquorish finish that stuck to the roof of my mouth. There was also a pleasant warming in the finish. The flavor possessed a certain quality that I can only liken to jazz. It wasn’t how many notes that were played, but the quality of the notes. Fantastic! Also, there wasn’t a hint of booze in the flavor beside the warming, but my stomach warmed up none the less. Very nice.
The mouth feel was thin that let the flavors glide together with an un-obtrusive carbonation.
grandetim311 (8) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy dark ruby brown with beife head. Very complex aroma with yeast and multiple fruits. The flavors have to be tasted to believe fruit so bold as that it tastes like it might have been added. A must drink.
scluffman (16) - Excelsior, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy, molassesy brown with a beige head. Aromas of malt, fruit and floral qualities as well as notes that remind me of port wine. The flavors are extraordinary and highly complex. Rich with excellent fruitiness, floral/spiciness with noteworthy chocolate notes at the finish. This is a meal in a bottle and you’ll want to make sure you get every drop out of the bottle!