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?
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.07.04 330ml bottle. This beerís got some serious attitude. Massive, full aromas that engulf the head, burn the sinus, and sets the salivate switch to íoní. Lots of dark and chewy candy aromas. Thickly malty and as complex as any vintage port Iíve tried. Deep, sweet pudding and dark fruit flavors doused with old wines. Palate is chewy without forgetting some spicey hops which come in on the finish with a quick and well placed bite melding perfectly with the alcohol and light but sharp eff. Iím not as floored as I expected to be, but this is still a fantastic brew. bottle dated 18.01.05.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle. This poured out a cloudy brown color with reddish highlights. It had a decent sized tan head that quickly dropped to a coated of bubbles that left subtle lace around the glass as it was consumed. There was quite a bit of sediment left in the bottle after the pour as well. The aroma smells of malt sweetness, various fruits and a bit of an herbal earthy tone to it. There is also a couple of notes spiciness to the scent and a couple of other smells that were not identified. Leading the way in the taste is a fruity sweetness that is also accompanied by a doughy malt flavor and slight bit of spice. It has a bit of a dry finish and a buttery taste going on as well. Very refreshing to sip on this warm day and no trace of alcohol anywhere. Mouthfeel is rich and about medium to full in body. It goes down very easy and is a very balanced beer. A truly all around excellent beer, highly recommended to anyone. With the many complexities to this I will defiantly be having many more of these in the future.
zach8270 (3861) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Dark brown/amber color with a thin white head. Much darker than I expected it to be. Very complex fruity aroma, mainly dark fruits such as cherries and plums. The flavor is just as complex. Very sweet and filled with different fruits. You can definitely taste plums, raisins and the currants. Very thick and chewy with an extremely warm alcohol finish. Thereís a lot going on in this beer, but I absolutely loved it.
Chokehold (20) - cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer, although i must say that if i was going out for a couple of drinks one nite, i would not order this beer. More of a special occasion kind of beer, the sipping kind. Strong alcohol taste, not very pleasing on the back of your throat. \m/
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was quite disapointed when i sampled this beer. After all the hype iíve heard about this beer, it certainly did not live up my expectations. To me a good beer should be packed full of flavours,with nice bitter malty base, have a nice dark brown body, and a decent head. This beer was far too pungent for my likings. The palate is assaulted from all sides with chocolate, damson, and hops flavours. The problem i have here is that for me it is not an easy drinking beer, itís a sipping beer, for after a good meal. Still a decent beer though.
frets (4) - Rockville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nectar of the Gods. The aroma is wonderfully complex...dark and fruity. Taste is just as complex and wonderful: fruit, hoppy, sweet chocolate, alcohol, and some other tasty things going on I canít identify. Outstanding. The best beer Iíve ever had.