DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Pours turbid orangish-ruby with huge white head. 5 for appearance. Aroma is as hoppy as many IIPAs Iíve had, with fruit, citrus, toffee, cognac, and big ground black pepper. Tastes malty, very hoppy, and fruity, with a dry finish. This one is hoppier than the 10, but with slightly less palate density and fruit. A very good beer, but in my opinion, not one of the top 100 Iíve ever had.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So one good eight should be followed by another. First the Westy and now this. The presentation is beautiful. Really. Great copper brown body with a great billowy head. The nose has a real vanilla hit with a pleasant mellow chocolate coated plum. Once again, a bit harsh in the first instance but this settles well. While doing this rating I looked back at the one for the 10 and found that it rated highly but there was a concern about the monstrous 11.3% of that one. At the ABV of this one it certainly is a monster too, but a little bit more manageable. Truly delightful beer that once again demonstrates that there must be a God. Just a technical point BTW ratebeer, this is 9.2% not 9.3%, even the picture shows this.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
World Class (obviously). Bottle from Oddbins. Dark, cloudy brown, medium lasting head. Aroma of nuts, raisins, smoke, vanilla, chocolate. Bold mouthfeel. Subtle aftertaste of dried fruit and malt. Exceptionally lovely.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
High tan head, leaves a nice lacing. Deep ruby body. Fruity aroma, fruity and choco taste, but there is a hint of alcohol, increasing as it warms, which is not present in the 10 version and spoils this masterpiece. Very nice brew, but Iíll still go for the 10!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky and deep ruby. Good lasting head and leaves a great lacing. Aroma of raisins, port and mustiness. Very smooth taste and feel. Big flavor ... dark fruit, molasses, port, chocolate. The alcohol is present at finish, and becomes more pronounced as it warms, but still, nothing close to the 9+ it is. Excellent
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a solid lighter brown color with a respectable tan head. The aroma is like one of those rarities, a good holiday fruit cake, dark fruits and candied fruits with a hint of malt to hold it together. This is very soft in the mouth. Itís got a solid malt backbone with all kinds of fruit flavors and spices running through it. The alcohol presence really only comes through in the finish, and itís not overbearing. Good drink.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another amazing beer from the Monks. 3 year old bottle pours a murky brown color with a medium beige head. Lots of carbonation still present. The aroma is heavy in raisins, dark fruit, and grape. Flavor profile is very malty with flavors of raisin, roasted grain, plum, leather, and a slight Belgian character. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste but it complements the flavor by not overpowering it. This was so easy to drink, very smooth, and not sticky thick.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured medium dark brown/burgundy with large fading to medium tan head. Strong malt and chocolate aroma. Followed up with dark fruits and port as warmed. Silky medium mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and chocolate taste combined with raisins, prunes and light spice on finish. Alcohol well hidden. Really tasty stuff.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.24.04 33cl bottle before work, why not? Bottle dated 01.12.04 which I guess means ídrink by Dec 1, 04í? Whatever. Pours a beautiful mahoganey brown with medium, creamy head. I left the big chunks in the bottle this time, but I have four more bottles to experiment with later. Aroma is chewy and vinous, port wine, raisin and rum, infused dark fruits. Damn, this beer is all fruit and booze...I think Iím in love. Flavor is big and chocolatey and raisiny and deeply port-ish and luscious and more cocoa powder and hits of white pepper. At the instant of the sip, the body feels unfortunately wet, watery almost, with a graininess to the texture; but that all goes away as the beer settles and smooths out over the palate. Certainly not as soft as a quad, but still very nice, more refreshing. Alcohol is certianly present but never over steps its bounds. Monks rule.
ElGaucho (2222) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didnít realize this was so highly rated. I have had the 10 and loved it. Vegatal, hemp aroma; very nice and unique. Brown body. Beautiful lace. Hoppy for a Belgian. Unique, saffron notes, very high in alcohol.