Stew41 (1885) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUL 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again I am left in little doubt as to why these beers and their ilk are regarded so highly all over the world. Slightly cloudy chocolate brown with a well retained creamy head. Powerful nose with heaps of malty, sweet chocolate lift. Very strong palate, more choclate, dark malts, with a slightly aggressive alcohol kick at the back. Just a bit to hot for my liking at the finish, buring a little. No matter, a very good beer with layered flavours. I think I may agree with the taster before me...the ’8’ may be a better drop. A side note....my wife has an extremely seasoned palate when it comes to wine (she’s a wine retailer by trade) but drinks buggar all beer. That said, one sip of this baby was enough for her to exclaim "Shit, great beer!".
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost opaque, dark brown-ruby with a fizzy top and tan ring. Chunks of yeast and sediment at bottom as the result of a not so graceful pour. The aroma is a blend of ethanol and spicy melanoidins with cereal grains and floral accents. Aromatic notes: butterscotch, grapes, tobacco/raisin, oatmeal raisin cookies. Quite an alcoholic flavour of raisin pie (yes, it exists) with spicy pumpernickel. Subtle banana esters and floral accents. The high alcohol and sweetness make this beer inferior, in my opinion, to Rochefort 8. Quite warming feeling with a medium to full body and moderate carbonation.
adrian910ss (2541) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very complex brew. Pours a very dark brown color with a long lasting creamy tan head. Smells of bread dough, wine, yeast, plums, raisins, and malts. Taste is a combination of bitter chocolate, malts, various rich fruits and hops. Very carbonated beer, but it suits this gem well. Tastes better with every sip. This was the third time i’ve had this beer and each time it tastes better. One of the best.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this one is a real monster. Murky reddish brown color. Complex aromas with some fruit, chocolate, and toasted malt notes. Dense and complex on the palate. Minerally chocolate, sweet malts, and some quirky yeast flavors. Dry and alcoholic finish.
wolfecruz (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasty, spritzy, alcoholy, malty, little hop flavor, slight hop finish. very well balanced beer.
jrob21 (3303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best I’ve had. caramel, chocolate, brown, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich, dark brown in color with a beautiful head that after a couple of minutes, resembles luscious creme brulee. The flavors are complex, but in my opinion, they are masked by the intense carbonation/high alcohol content. For my tastes, I preferred the Trappistes 8, which I believe was more balanced. The best part was that each sip was better and more defined than the previous one. Not too shabby, but not the best I’ve had.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster @ PIB. Pours a deep currant color. Smells of bread dough, and a rich alcohol scent is there as well. Spicy, pretty tasty flavor. Warming and rich. A full bodied beer.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Pours very dark ruby, head is huge and creamy, light brown in colour. Aroma is strong, with plum, sherry, alcohol and toffee, very complex and rich. Taste is fairly alcoholic, but as the warmth dissipates, plum and rich sweet malt come through. The finish is very warming and malty. Fantastic and nothing less than I’d expected.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 400 - 11.2 oz bottle - Pours dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch tan head that clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of raisins, plums, dough, malt. Quite complex to the nose. Flavor includes plums, raisins, licorice, bourbon, molasses all intertwined beautifully. This beer feels dreamy in the mouth. Carbonated enough to make it light and airy but it feels so good to sip almost buttery in the mouth. You just want to hold it there for a few minutes before each swallow. This is one smooth well balanced and extremely complex brew. I couldn’t pick up one bit of the 11.3% alcohol. This is just a beautiful beer.. It truly is heavenly!