mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
My review: wonderful fruity, chocolate aroma. Pours a dark opaque brown with an off-white head with good retention and some lace. Flavour of sweet milk chocolate with indiscernably complex fruit flavours. Minimal hops, nice fruity aftertaste, wonderful malt taste. Thick, creamy body. Astoundingly good beer
My wifeís review (beer-hater): Pours a swampy sewery brown, which reflects the flavour. Sharp cockroachy aftertaste. I spat it out! [ed: truly the sign of a good beer!]
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 12 oz bottle. A classic beer. Pours dark brown, with a finger width of light fluffy beige head. Aroma is bountiful. Raisins, caramel, molasses, apples...you name it. This is the kind of beer that you can come back and smell every 10 minutes and get something unique and beautiful each time around. Flavor is exceptional, too: sweet candies, brown sugar, various spices (cinnamon? ginger? paprika??), ripe apples, raisins, pears...you name it. Complex. Very warming and very easy to drink. Itís remarkable to think that a beer this good and this special is so easily accessible as well.
LONESTAR (9) - Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2007 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice dark beer with a hint of sweet malt flavor. One of my favorite beers of all time by far.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Plenty of long lasting head and carbination in this brown colored ale. Very bold with a smooth nutty finish. Very Easy to drink this, alcohol is concealed well
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pictured, dark brown, fluffy lasting head, malty aroma, fruits and moderate alcohol presence at the end. Complex and balanced flavor. The best non-trappist beer for the trappist-lover.
weeks (5) - USA - MAY 28, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Colour was brown/amber, but a bit cloudy. Aroma was malty. Head was full and tasty. Taste was extraordinary.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maltyness in the aroma (alergies so I canít smell much). Dark brown/red with big tan rootbeer head. Wow, that was complex. I canít name half the shit I tasted there. Some reason I tasted sweetness on the back of my tongue. It was bittersweet, slightly icecreamish (?). Iíll stop before I embarrass myself further. It was alittle sweet for me but the rush of flavors more than made up for it. Thick heavy mouth feel.
rsistare (9) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clean pour and smooth delivery to the palate. Very impressed with the boldness of the flavor.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted during blind quad tasing 07 with Holdenn and Drewbeerme. Poured dark and murky. Aroma was toasted malt, raisin, some alc. Flavor is is pretty heavy sweet all the way through, with some of that alc that was in the nose in the finish. The only problem is that I really thought it was too thin and watery for my liking moderate alc burn.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
carbonation must have been intense, pulling the cork gave loud pop even after standing still for at least a day. pouring revealed extermly dark red, maybe maroon. the foam was crazy. mountains no matter how slow and even i poured. not that it was bad being as it was entertaining in how creamy and thick it was. the aroma was sweet with spice and maybe some fruit. the flavor was so complex i donít know how to explain it. not as sweet as it smelled rather some kind of spices and herbs that i couldnt name. maybe liquorice. the complex taste of fruit and spice hides the 10% alcohol completly. i fantastic beer.