EithCubes (5619) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Really nice malty aroma, sweet with overly ripe fruits and a bit of candy sugar and sour cherry. Caramel and raisin and a bit of christmas cake, and more apparent alcohol than the original version. Pours a near-opaque red-brown with a scant beige head. Taste is rich and sweet but never cloying, lightly bitter and faintly sour, more to round off than anything. Medium, quaffable body (but who would want to?) with notes of an herbal, slightly medicinal brown sugar, and tea-ish leaf extract. Spruce? Would be excellent in candy block form. Smooth, densely malty feel, aftertaste is dry and slightly herbal with a flash of something reminiscent of juniper. Spicing is, on the whole, very subtle and refined. In contradistinction to the original waft (and even in the main whiff it had diminished), the alcohol is nowhere to be found in the mouth - perfect integration! Stylish and classy, but not up to the standard set by the original - what exactly is the difference in Danish taste that’s being brewed to?
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another bottle shared by puzzl (uberthanks!). Poured dark brown with no head at all, which was quite striking compared to its Belgian counterpart. Aroma was incredibly sweet, full of sugar and dark fruits. Taste was full of caramel and spice, though I wished there was more for me to pick out. Pretty sticky mouthfeel and finished sweet and spicy.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 An odd, tart, minerally aroma, full and rich with maple and pomegranate. No head on the pour, interesting next to the enormous head of normal pannepot. Purple grape and thick, sweet flavor, ending with a tingly bitter fruit note. Tasty stuff.
Compared to normal pannepot, not near as sweet, and definitely has a hop note which is not noticed in the regular. A bitter, kind of drying aftertaste and aroma. Not as refined, but sitll very enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 5     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 4     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4     Lasting: 4     Lacing : 4
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 4   Bread : 3   Dough : 3   Esters : 3   Phenols : 3   Dusty : XX   Spicy : 2   Apple : XX   Banana : 2   Tropical Fruits : XX   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : XX   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : 2   Toasty : 3   Hay : XX   Caramel : 2   Honey : XX   Cereals : 3   Grainy : XX   Wheat : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Perfume : 2   Orange : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : 1   Cloves : 1   Coriander : 2   Ginger : XX   Orange : XX   Earth : 2   Vanilla : 2   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Acetic : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 1   Farmy : XX   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX
Comments: I presume the most helpful rating is a comparison with the regular version. This felt, if possible, perhaps even sweeter, in a juicy way, perhaps an impression caused by the lesser presence of darker malts, toasty and bordering roasty which have a balancing effect in Pannepot. It also feels less long and dries out quicker. Excellent, but not the decadent treat it seems.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2006 sampled 11/16/07.
Opens with a lot of CO2. No gushing. The pour is a challenge with all of the CO2. Huge lasting white frothy head. The aroma is huge caramel backed by vinous sherry notes, dark fruits, and barnyard character. A rich lush body that is made more drinkable by the high level of CO2. The flavors are instantly sweet caramelized malt and dark cabernet. The wild yeast characters of the beer make the vinous character come out in full force. The finish is sweet and satisfying with a ever so light dryness once the fluid has left the mouth. A great Belgian dark ale.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - 2006 vintage. Dingy brown pour with a smallish head and a strange ammount of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Aromas are wonderful. Dark fruit (especially fig), brown and candi sugar. Flavors are not as complex or heavy as Pannepot, but this is very nice. The sweetness is there as well as the dates and fig flavors with a touch of alcoholic warmth and some spices that linger a little.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruit, yeasty, spice aroma. Murky brown, with nice head. Sweet sipping beer. Burnt fruit, candy. Alcohol, dry finish, slight bitterness. Enjoyable to try, but not really my bag.
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Thanks to radiomgb.) 330 mL bottle from 2006. It’s translucent ruby/orange/brown, if that’s possible, with little head. The aroma is sweet, with dried candied fruit and candi sugar being prominent, and there is the slight aroma of alcohol. The taste is much the same, although it does not seem out of balance. You can detect dark honey, sweet fruit, spice, and a slight alcohol burn, with a little bitterness in the finish. The body is very full. Sweet, but a very good beer.
OldMrCrow (2405) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served quite warm (maybe 100 minutes out of the fridge) but not quite room temperature.
I opened this one to celebrate the birth of my first niece earlier this evening. It’s exceptional. The pour is dark, dark brown with a modestly-sized rather coarse and sudsy head. (Despite the inelegant description, it was very pretty and almost deserves a 5 for appearance.) Aroma has a lot going on: molassas and nutmeg, apple and raisin. There’s even more going on in the flavor, to the point that it almost seems to be a hodgepodge at first sip - though as one enjoys instead of analyzing it leaves little to be desired. Caramel apple with hints of sour oak, chocolate-covered toffee, again the nutmeg and mulling spice, dried plums. Hops are way in the background. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy, again nearly cloying at the first sip but mellowing as one goes forward to this exceptionally creamy milkshake showing exactly no hint of the 10% in heat, only in density.
I don’t want to analyze; this was a beer to savor and a beer that was hard to drink slowly. Wonderful.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pefectly formed creamy mocha colored head on top of a dark purple and garnet colored body. Heavy fruit scented yeast esters in the nose: dates, plum, walnut, sweet. Flavor is similar, amplified by a really pleasent creamy soft palate. A bit too sweet and spicy (chemicals) up front, and over the middle it’s more of a artificial candy sweetness, like jolly ranchers. Ends on a down note, with a lingering coating of this same artificial-like sweetness, but also with a lighter nut and fruit (trail mix?) note.