BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is lightly malty with lots of fruit and a slight hop bite. Yeast and alcohol are present but well hidden for this large of a beer. Pours the perfect trappist beer color, very dark and opaque though (unlike westy 12). I drank this out of a Chimay glass, is that ok? Flavor has a light alcohol sting in the finish but this isn't too sweet (good thing) and has a subtle hop & malt balance that is uncanny. Finishes a little acidic and with a bit too much alcohol bite. Once again as one of the legendary trappist flagship beers and a RB Top 5, this was phenomenal and was perfect to mimic my pseudo trappist-fasting session. What a meal!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep dark brown, nice tan head, great lacing. Aroma is winey, notes of plums, raisins, and malt. The flavor is fantastic, sweet, malty with an exceptional long aftertaste. Fantastic silky mouthfeel.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Pours a deep reddish brown, with a very firm tan head, also quite a few floaties. Nose of plums, raisins, malt, a little alcohol. Complex fruity/malty flavor with a bit of alcohol. Luscious mouthfeel. An excellent brew.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark reddish-brown, with a creamy light tan head and a complex aroma, consisting of rich bready malt, chocolate, prunes and raisins. It is smoky, a little fruity, and has lots of depth to its malt flavors. The alcohol is certainly apparent and to me, somewhat detracting. Long soothing aftertaste of molasses and dark chocolate. This is a pretty special beer-just about as good as it gets.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice flavor and a GREAT aftertaste featuring notes of the alcohol as well as some spiciness. Really a well made brew.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 Very nice dark brown pour with a smooth creamy head. A malty nose with lots of fruit. Grapes, figs and some orange. There are hints of coriander or grains of paradise as there is quite a nice level of peppery spice. Flavor is very good. Alcohol, fruit, and malts. The fruits are much the same as in the nose. Caramel and roast linger. The spices come out in the mix again with a nice level of citrus. Very vinous in both the nose and flavor.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice dark borwn coloring with a ery fine bubbly creamy head. Aroma is slightly malty sweet, with definate fruity hints laden in it. The flavor is, well, great. Smooth (aside from a small alcohol bite) but is quite sweet, but not sugar sweet.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in colour, fruity and caramel-like aroma. Nice, smooth and well balanced beer. warm and chocolate-like. Bitter and long finish.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 Deep muddy red in color. Aromas are of candied fruit - cherry, dates, plum & currant - as well as sweet malt aroma. Flavor is big and intense and matches the aroma. Finishes with a nice kick of hops to cleanse the palate and get you ready for your next quaff. Very highly recommended.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown colour, with a dense, fine head, which is reasonably well lasting, descending to leave some fine lace. The aroma is a wonderful indication of what is to come, with a slight hint of bitterness, and plenty of nice fruity smells... if you can't smell the plum, there is something wrong with you! I did not notice the alcohol in the flavour, more just the flavours that were promised in the aroma were delivered, again, with a small amount of bitterenss to balance out the sweetness. This is a great beer!