MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 i knew i would enjoy this one. fruit and spice is the most memorable of this complex, sweet, and carbonated beauty. at nearly $10 i doubt i will buy again but i’m glad i got one. nicely done.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully crafted beer. Rich roasted aroma. Flavors of chocolate, sweet dried fruits, nuts, espresso, and spices. Slight (very slight) harshness on the tongue in the aftertaste. What a treat!
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent look a like of the west vleteren 12 almost the same style, less sweet...
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a nice mohagany color with a nice creamy, foamy head. Fig, apricot, pineapple and orange scents. Walnuts and a fairly moderate amount of yeast taste. Great mouthfeel and nice body. Gritty caramel taste (not at all a bad comment). Nice bite.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@ Underground Bluz, Orlando, FL. Very dark brown/ruby. Small, creamy, light tan head. Aroma of rich malt, dark fruits, candi sugar, lively yeast, caramel/toffee, and a bit of gas. Same flavors. This brew tastes better bottled. On draft gas is usually the first thing I smell and taste. The full, balanced body is still a little thinner than the bottled version. Overall a great brew.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great looking dark, dark brown with a huge foamy head that is starting to leave some nice lacing behind. Aromas are grainy with some sweet notes that are almost candy-like. Flavor is very nice... with a great mix of yeasty grittiness, barley wine-like alcoholic warmth and syrupy sweet feel, a touch of a fruit contexture and some nice candy toffee notes in the background. Wonderfully blended and balanced.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank a 750 at a cool temperature in the lower 50s, it poured very richly with a wonderful thick light brown head. Great bread notes, crossed with chocolate and malt. It remains dark at the top of the goblet, and then lightens to a red hue by the bottom. Strong layers of flavor complexity abound, sweet malts dominate but the bitterness of chocolate balance this beer. The carbonation is small and lends a full mouth almost chewy character. THis beer was delicious and relaxing to drink a true enjoyement.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 dark brown, smells like candy. pretty alcoholic finish. bready flavor overall to go with the candy. complex, but alcohol is just too poorly hidden for me. i’ve always hated this beer.
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 I have not been seriously tasting beers for a long time, but this is undoubtedly the most pleasureable beer experience I have had thus far. After my first sip of this beautiful yellowish brown beer, I almost laughed out loud. It was like the feeling of excitement that kids get when they come downstairs on Christmas morning (overstatement alert!). The aroma was permeated by alcohol, but also featured notes of vanilla and sweet yeast. Flavor was of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a slight influence of malt. The flavor, mouthfeel, and "experience" of the brew can only be accurately described as absolutely huge. Budweiser says that it is beer at the end of their commercials (Buuuudweiser, this is beer...), they are incorrect... THIS is beer.
Bottom line, the guy on the label says it all.
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle. Murky dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Classic lacing. Bread dough, dark fruits. Vinous notes as it warms. Smooth with tip-of-the-tongue tingle. Noticeable alcohol that stays subdued; belies the muscle of this brew. Sweet and caramelly just melts away leaving a warm inner-lip buzz. A benchmark for the style.