Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a very cloudy, yeast-cake filled dark brown from the bottle. This is somewhat of a turn-off. I didn’t disturb the beer any and there was no ring of yeast at the bottom of the bottle when I was finished pouring. I let it sit a while to settle before I took my first sip. I noticed the multi-sized head that lasted a while. Expiration date on label reads 06 10 09. Very pronounced alcohol taste, but very warming. As far as aroma and flavor, well. . .they are very subtle. The bottle I tried must be old or something, because both were somewhat lacking. The alcohol hit me very quick. The palate is somewhat flat too. Hardly any carbonation. When I purchase another one, I’ll re-rate.
larsga (7307) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Medium beige coarse head over dark brown body that’s seemingly opaque black, but through which a little light brown can be spotted at the edges. Intense, sweet licorice and anise aroma with notes of chocolate and bready yeast and a touch of vanilla. Taste is deep, intense spiciness, mostly anise and licorice, but also pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, and some burntness, and god alone knows what else. Toffee, sweetness. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate anise, with lingering anise. What can I say? This is an undying classic. (0.33l bottle.)
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice aroma: strong bubble gum, candy, yeast and some hops. Pours a dark ruby brown, floaties, firm tan head. Smooth and sweet. Great palate. Dark fruit, roastiness. Mild warming alcohol finish. Top notch.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy brown appearance with obvious yeast floaters may put off some drinkers of this fine ale. A bit of a burnt taste but it only adds to the flavor. Nice finish, a bit too strong alcohol in my opinion as well.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Hints of grapefruit, plums, dates. Alcohol warmth is felt but enjoyable. Cloves, anise, prunes, toffee on the palate. Lingering toasted flavors on the palate.
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - APR 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, reddish pour with tints of hazy brown. Fantastic aroma of yeast, dates, plums, figs, dried fruits, and a mild roasted quality. Citric acid and carbonation plays on the tongue. Flavors of chewy dark caramel, sugar coated malts, dried fruits, prunes, and peppery alcohol. A world class beer and one of my new favorites.
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unique style of Trappists, caramel and prunes, only sad point: watch out for the huge bottle deposit when served out of the house..
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Plump Jack. Pours black with no light passing through. Persistant brown head even to the last sip. Aroma of toasted almonds. Suspended particles. Near perfect beer.
GRM (3761) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 33 cl, expiry date: 10 08 10; eye: muddy brown, nice caramel head, suspended particles, nice lacing; nose: caramel, roasting, alcohol, liqueur-like, mouth: creamy, aerial and oily texture, caramel, alcohol, long finale where bitterness, caramel and tobacco trade the leading role
Bouteille brune, 33 cl, date de péremption : 10 08 10; oeil : brune boueuse, belle mousse caramel, matières en suspension, belle dentelle; nez : caramel, torréfaction, alcool, liquoreux; bouche : texture crémeuse, aérienne et huileuse, tabac, caramel, alcool, finale relativement longue où l’amertume, le caramel et le tabac s’échangent le premier rôle
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep murky brown, huge tan rocky head. Nose was very rich with notes of plum, raisin toast, caramelized fig, and toffee, with lesser tones of cherry and angel food cake. Flavor up front is all about dark fruits and soft booze. It rounds out nicely with a soft push of woodsy bitterness. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly bittersweet, dark fruity finish. This is a fantastic late night sipper that is one of the best in it’s class.