Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible and Inspirational. An amazing beer. Upon opening the nose was intense. I could smell the beer from 2 feet away. All Kind of dark fruits, sweet bananas, wood, alcohol available in the fine nose. A copper colored beer, feel bad saying this but it almost looked like Pepsi. But the fluffy head was incredible.
Then the best part...the first taste...wow...dark cherries, plums, apricots, bananas, prunes, raisins, all kinds of dark fruits. Some sediment in the beer as well and an amazing lace left on the glass .................................................. this rating and re-entered it, to add Colorado availability. Bad rating. Totally overly enthusiastic, but I was like 16 to....
deadfryday (3) - Oakwood, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer you can buy on THIS planet. I started drinking Rocehefort in 1998 while i was stationed at Nato Headquarters in Brussels. They have a little bar back in the Situation Center. This and Duvel were staples at the little bar. Pours excellent leaving a Tannish colored head. It IS the smoothest tasting beer with the alcohol content i have ever had. The flavor: figgish, nuttish, chocolaty.....beautiful. Overall this is the best beer in the world. Brent Smith July 2005
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2015 Pours a burgundy body with a much larger head than expected for the alcohol content. Nice. Aroma is powerful. Huge malty aroma. Darker fruits like raisins and plums, but also the candy sugar is overpowering. Caramel, currants, figs, whatever, itís loaded and big. A medium to heavy body with a fairly sweet finish, this is excellent stuff. Compared to Westy 12, this is bigger, more brash, more american. It doensít have the complexity, but the flavors really jump at you. Both kick ass though.
2013 RERATE: Dark reddish brown, huge head, excellent lacing and retention. The aroma is just dumb. The complexity of darker fruit, fig, candi sugar, yeast, raisin, etc is just overpowering. There is no American sample that can come close. Medium to full body, amazing balance. An absolute world beater.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now thats my kind of beer. Tasted at the Mondial the la biŤre in montreal. Small head, dark brown color. Complex aroma of fruits (raisins) and cacao, warmy alcohol feeling in the mouth, smooth until the last sip. Goes right in my top5.
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a muddy dark brown with a small off-white head and a few yeasties. Looks great! Aroma of apples, raisins, chocolate and so much more -- too much to pinpoint. Smells wonderful. Flavour is like the scent, so many great tastes in each sip, each one different from the last. One of the finest tasting beers in the world. Itís hard to believe that this beer is 11.3% alcohol, you would never know it by taste alone. Itís so good that while drinking this one we ordered another one right away. One of my top 5 in the world.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Yeasties floating on top of the head. Not much lace. Smell is fruity, yeasty and spicy.
Very bready tasting, a little grainy. Cinnamon and fruity, spiced sour apples. Quite the alcohol flavor. Sweet with a lightly sour aftertaste. Yeasty. The closest thing to liquid bread Iíve ever tasted. Big and rich. A really excellent brew although I could see this developing to be even better in a couple of years.
Not that drinkable to be honest. A sippiní brew for sure. Need me some more.
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown colour with a tan thickish bubly head. Strong earty scent with some chocolat and banan. Fairly thick but smooth to drink. Very faint taste of alcohol smothered pleasantly in dark spice and chocolate motes. Aftertaste is mixed in flavour but very pleasant. Amazing overall.
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ia more of an event then a beer. Interesting as a novelty but wouldnít want to have too many. A whirling galaxy of toffee colours and nose. Toffee and alcohol flavour. Interesting but Iíll stick to the pils thanks.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of a bottle, wow my nose says donít drink let me do the work first. A quick hint of raisin, then toffee and the slightest hint of chocolate and banana. Swirling the depths of the glass a dark flowing presence finished with tan head. Taste is what is expected after waiting minutes a sweet malty flow of fruitiness with just a hint of bitterness to keep it even and finish is clean. Nice smooth mouthfeel enticing next tip of the glass. Most Outstanding.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can I say that hasnít already been said about this phenomenal bier? It has a deep, complex and sweet aroma of banana, cherry and peaches that is extremely enticing. The mouthfeel is just extraordinary. On first sip, the bier prickles the middle of the tongue before quickly expanding outward, enveloping the entire area. Iíve only encountered this strange sensation once before, while drinking St. Bernardus Tripel. Notes of plum, dark chocolate and caramel intermingle with the aforementioned fruits, creating a very drinkable and oh, so enjoyable body. The high ABV warms the belly nicely during the drawn out finish. Good, good, good.