JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark cherry brown color with some beige head. Nose is yeast, dark malt, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Taste is a nice mix of caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruit, and yeast. Very complex. Very solid.
beleth (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent dark brown body, light brown head, leaves an intricate lattice down the inside of your glass. Deep, pleasant malty ale with hints of chocolate, raisin, & spices. A must for any high-grav enthusiast.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
DRANK THIS IN A HORIZONTAL WITH A WESTY 12--huge raisin aroma as soon as i opened the bottle, some chocolate and fig. deep brown, thin head that fades down and laces the top of the brew. the body was slightly watery in comparison, with tastes of some chocolate, raisin, and a little bit of red wine flavor going on. slightly bitter on the end, and the abv is a little apparent. if i were drinking this alone, i might feel different, but next to a westy, this just is a bit of a disappointment.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Flavor si very malty more so than the eight. aroma is very similar to the eight is that it is malty and sweet. SUPER brew. Very Good indeed.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 11.2 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a this off white head. The aroma is sweet, raisins, figs. The taste is plum and raisin and simply excellent. Clings to the palate with a pleasant flavor. The high alcohol level is masked completely by the excellent quality of this beer. This might be one of the best beers I have ever tried.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great deep brown color that fades slightly red at its thinnest. The aroma is arresting with dark, sweet fruit and a complex depth unmatched in any I have sampled. The carbonation lends an ebullience to the mouthfeel and a cleansing quality to the surprisingly crisp, symmetrical taste. Alcohol is strong and present throughout. This is a powerful, brilliant trappist.
PurplePieMan (6) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with consume by date of 14 10 08. I smelled bubblegum when I first opened it and I liked it!! A little more malty aroma as it warms up. Plenty of carbonation greeted me when the cap was pulled, and this made pouring easy. There is a bit of yeast near the bottom of the bottle but I wanted it- clumps and all. The color is brown but a little redish around the edges. The head is off-white and stays around for a while. Flavor is great. Malty raisins on the aftertaste. Sweet but not sticky, fruity but not too much. Malty, smooth and rich but not saturated. Sufficiently complex; it begs for my next taste. Very well balanced. This beer is terrific. This will make my Top 20 list for sure. Alcohol masked just enough to make this brew exquisitely drinkable. It packs a nice punch too. I can’t find anything to complain about. Ah, there’s the yeast at the bottom of my glass - or is that chocolate? Wow! BUY THIS BEER.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with a thick off-white head. The aroma was tempting enough: vanilla, melon, raisins, bread dough. The taste surpassed it. There was a strong vinous element and a dryness too, but the rest was an indescribable exotic mixture of sweetness, fruit and spice. At first I found the bubbles a distraction, but that didn’t last long. I only had the one bottle and kept it going all evening.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Alcohol burn in the nose, but a wonderful black currant yumminess. This will get you buzzed quick, but it’s worth it!
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown, with off-white head. Notes of dried fruits (raisins/figs), chocolate, and traces of alcohol, in the nose. I love this beer!!