MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gorgeous looking beer. Thick fluffy tan head atop a dark brown cloudy body. Malty with a bit of sweetness to it. Had a slight walnut taste to it. Excellent.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown color with a thick beige head. Quite an impressive looking beer. Great flavor with a creamy finish and bountiful complexity make this brew quite a treat.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
the happy monk holds a single finger aloft, as if to gently admonish: "slow down my children, never, never run with an open beer!" it's a chestnut roan beer, puffy head like a quilt of midieval lace and barn loft cobwebs--and a very murky pour by bottle's end: mud, mangrove swamp, composting pumpkin rind and quite possibly the dark fragments of ground crickets. a magnificent maple-nut nose, polished hardwoods of early american furniture, and kirshwasser. sweet romantic offerings of fruity candies and raisins are offered in the flavor, but likewise are lovely bitters dangled like sticky red grapes from the hands of perfumed nymphs. creamy smooth carbonation and hints of milk chocolate, strong malts as in a doppel bock, with a chisled musculature of alcohol, but so much enhanced by it's contact with fruity cherry-lemon yeast and campari bitterness. a great beer. so devastated was i to see it end, i thought of taking out an obituary in the local paper.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tall mountainous foamy light brown head,Medium cloudy brown color.Malty yeasty breadlike aroma,mild fruity side but hard to put a finger on just what fruit it could be,slight caramel and perhaps toffe side as well.Malty taste with a nice fruity side that comes through quite well.The fruit is still hard to describe other then to say it reminds me slightly of juicy fruit gum with a nice alcohol kick to it.The alcohol is not at all strong and over whelming but nicely done and just making itself known from time to time.The after taste is malty and mildly sweet with a bubble gum like appearance showing up.Very nice brew and not at all what i was expecting it to be.I was more looking for a middle of the road brew but this one definately deserves the rating number it has.Thanks go out to JPDIPSO for this fine brew.
PorterPounder (5709) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a coffee colored milkshake-like head that does not dissipate quickly. Pleasant cola-like color. The aroma is very subtle but I pick up faint notes of cherry and nuts. Excellent thick creamy mouthfeel - luxuriant in nature. Flavor has some nutty notes in it, with elements of raisins, toffee and sweet chocolate. The alcohol is hidden oh so very well but it catches up with you near the end of the 750 ml bottle. Good to see that George Kennedy has found work as the model for the monk on the bottle - I have not seen him too much since the Naked Gun and before that the Airport Movies!
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 The cork shot off at about 50 mph when I removed the cage, good thing I didn’t have my head over the bottle! It poured a reddish brown color with a medium sizd off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of banana, clove, grapes and raisins, while the taste is very strong in the dark fruit department. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable and it had a carbonated mouthfeel. Fruitier than the Westy 12, and I enjoy that one better.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark garnet color with a large off-white head. Hint of bananas and other dark fruits. Somewhat fruity for my liking but overall this beer was a great beer for my first rating.
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 very good. dark and sweet, but with a balance and complexity that I don’t have the faculties to describe. this is one that you could throw adjectives at all day and still not really capture it. careful though, that 10% kicks.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cL bottle, goblet, bbe 8/08, 55 degrees F. Gigantic, frothy, creamy, tan head sits on a deep brown to garnet body with light carbonation creeping up the sides. Toasted grain, nutty malt (M); flowery, grassy hops (L); doughy yeast (M); banana, plum, date, pear, peach, alcohol, nutmeg, toffee aromas. Heavy sweetness throughout is balanced by a moderate acidity throughout and a light bitterness in the end. Lively carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy texture. The bottom line is: a tasty abt, but the carbonation is just too much for my liking.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An aroma of plum, clove, fruitiness and some sweetness emanates from the glass. Pours with a light brown head, and it is a cloudy amber-brown color. A very thick lasting rocky head tops this beer, it is very well carbonated. Very spicy tasting, accompanied by a certain mustiness. Finishes with a bit of sweetness. The dense rocky head and the Belgian lacing on this beer is quite amazing. Alcohol in the finish, along with a certain astringency. Malty, fruity, caramel notes, and a strong finish of rich fruit (perhaps plum and/or cherry). Quite a complex brew. Very light in body but quite a mouthful that will hit you when you stand up. As it warms up it gets a bit more sweet, more fruity, and it loses a bit of the astringency in the finish. A great example, and a must try for anyone.