Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a tan head collaring the glass and dusting the top. Nice malt with high alcohol notes. Nice round mouthfeel. Lots of malt and alcohol. Not much oak here. Nothing stands out on this for me.
jaghana (5495) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JAN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl from brewery. A dark beer with no head. Smell is a bit vinous with champagne yeast notes. Aroma is medium sweet with toasted notes, spicy presence with a bit acid and vinous aroma as for Stille Nacht beer. Notes of apples, apricot, quite dry at the finish with a good dark chocolate presence.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very deep amber brown with a small off white froth. Aroma is very strong dark fruits, lots of plum, raisin, even a touch of overripe red grapes. Toasty with a noticeable candied fruit and some brown sugar. Flavor starts with some more very deep fruit, sherry, just a lot of fruity notes with a touch of acidity in the woody and slightly boozy finish. The toast and brown sugar linger after the swallow. Excellent beer, the oak is very nice and supports the rich fruit and tart notes nicely.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark garnet brown with a fizzy off white head. Chocolate molasses and brown sugar aroma. Bright palate. Tastes of citrus apple raisin vanilla caramel and mild chocolate with notes of brown sugar.
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle (vintage 2007), thanks hanniku and Timo A! Dark almost opaque reddish brown color. Thick sweet and sour aroma of soya sayce, raisins, plum licorice, toffee and bready yeast. Sweet taste of raisins, toffee, dark caramel, oak. Full body. Lots of umam taste, quite complex. Too sweet, could be dryer.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
More mellow than the original Pannepot with notes of oak and sweet dark fruits. The palate is soft and very smooth with a little less carbonation. Completely balanced and everything works well together. The oak has definitely resulted in a softer, smoother beer...but it’s hard to say if one version is better than the other. I’ll definitely have to revisit both soon.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage. Oak aging done very well. Understated, for the type, aroma of sweet malts and a little smoke. Alcohol not present. Beautiful deep mahogany appearance and wonderfully elegant mouthfeel. This is a classy beer, well-constructed. Worth $9/11oz?
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2oz 2008 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany with a nice off white head. Looks delicious. Great aroma of molasses, candied dark fruit, a touch of cocoa. Rich aroma. Perfect mouthfeel a medium to thick body balanced carbonation. Sweet and rich. Candied fruit of fig, plum, and raisin. A nice subtle spice.The ten percent is virtually unoticable. Brown sugar and vanilla contribute to a richness that is incredibly balanced and drinkable. Awesome, I’ll have to set another aside and see how this matures. A pleasure to drink.
PotjeBier (2718) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours redbrown, with a brown head that doesn’t last long. Aroma’s of sweet fruit, sticky toffee, roast, some hints of wood, a bit spicy. Flavor is not as sweet as I expected (fortunately), but still somewhat sweet, a bit roasted & woody. Quite thick mouthfeel. Flavors linger on and a nice bitterness develops. One of my favorite Struise so far.
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a murky brown color with a thin 1/4 inch head that went away quickly. However, there is a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, sweet and strong, the brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, pears, caramel and bready malt and some oak. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, oak, apples, clove, caramel and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit syrupy and coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it’s very smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it a lot.