OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle sampled August 2009.
First, let me stress that (regular) Pannepot is one of my favorite beers, period. All of this is to be taken in that context. Pours deep brown with an ample of course head. Rich, lovely, and complex nose: apple and dried fruit, gingerbread spices, plenty of oak (but not way over the top). The flavor is a bit of a letdown, slightly more sour than expected, barrel character obscuring the Pannepot spices, and metallic like biting one’s tongue and tasting blood. Relatively sweet, classic Pannepot yeast bite later in the sip, a bit hot on the close even after four years, Partly, this is just a really challenging beer, I guess. I would have called my first sip about a 3.8 but after slowly sipping for an hour I’m appreciating it in the 4.0 range. Still, I fear this fails to live up to (regular) Pannepot -- the barrel character subtracts rather than adds to the essence of that great beer.
teorn88 (3630) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle. Pours dark ruby-brown colour with big creamy and mostly lasting light-brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is Moderate malty with bread, grain and roasted malt. Lots of hops in the aroma with flowers, resin and some citrus. Smells of oak and alcohol (something like red wine) too. Body is cloudy because of some sediments wich gives it a good density. Flavor is sweet with some acidity and little bitterness. Bitterness is bigger in the finish, togheter with little sweetness and acidity again. Average duration for the finish. A creamy texture of the body of this beer makes it fully bodied. Lively carbonation. Quite better than the original version to me. Great beer.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
05 bottle. Dark, dark reddish brown, a small light brown head lasts a good while. Some lacing along the glass. Aroma is lovely, caramel and sweet liqourice, christmas spices, some alcohol, some yeast, some earthy notes, and a little vanilla. Flavour is very fruity, raisin, dates, or plums, caramel and the spices. Some hop bitterness in the finish keeps it from being too sweet. Alcohol is well hidden. It gets a bit more acidic and bitter with the yeast from the bottle mixed in. Medium body, smooth carbonation, loads of tiny, lively bubbles. Awesome beer.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2005 vintage. Good, but I still find the regular verson or reserva much better. Pours dark red brown with minimal head. Fantastic aroma of oak, and port. Flavour of dark fruits and figs, but overall too tart for me.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Vintage from The Cracked Kettle. Bottle into wine balloon. Pours thick dark brown with a large brownish head that reduces but never disappears. Aroma is spicy, and the candy sugar is also apparent. Aside from that just a little yeast/bread. Flavor, as anticipated based on my experience with orginal Pannepot, is just plain delicious. I mean, this beer is a meal unto itself: Lots of spices and chocolate in the flavor. The oak is apparent, but not at all bullish. Funky yeasty aftertaste. Very creamy mouthfeel/finish (like all Struise beers), just so classy and perfect on the "feel" of this beer. I think I still prefer regular Pannepot at this point, but I would take this as a substitute any time. Overall, world class minus.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Ölbutikken. brown color with tan head. Sweet strong cocolate raisin. Taste sweet and strong caramell raisin dark malt chocolate brandy.
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This opaque black beer poured with a modest tan head, eliciting a marvelous chocolate and spice aroma. The flavor is subdued and dry, but very delicious, with chocolate, raisin and cinnamon tastes. A very elegant brew.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #800! 2005 bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerpen (yeeeeaaaah!). Amazing very dark reddish-brown pour with a large tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, red wine, oak, dark chocolate, and mild roast. Flavor included all these elements plus coffee, brandy, spices, dark fruits...come to think of it, maybe I should be naming the flavors that weren’t in this beer instead, that might be a shorter list. Awesome full palate with soft carbonation. This beer was absolutely legen...wait for it...DARY!
bhensonb (12582) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Alvinne. 2006. BB M 14. Pours dark reddish brown/black with a hugh dark tan head. Smells like wine, oak and dark chocolate. Full bodied with mild, frothy carbonation. There’s detectable heat. Flavor is coffee, wine, chocolate and finally dark malt. Then it gets oak notes. Something like drinking smooth red wine while eating chocolate. Finishes dry and towards chocolate. I’d eat this with steak and drink it every night.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely vinous brew with allot of similarities to a red wine. Very oaky, red fruity with somewhat damped flavours and aromas of caramell, spice and banana esters. Very fine brew with loads of red berries, the additional oak aging is a tad too much for me though.