kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 750mL bottle, courtesy of fonefan. Thanks, Jan! Pours a very dark, blackish-mahogany color; enormous, light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Dense, dried dark fruits, cherry syrup, and charred oak in the aroma; cola and slightly tannic. Full mouthfeel: intense dried fruits, brown sugar, and toasted oak; syrupy, slightly medicinal malt core (layered and somewhat fruity); has the same excellent viscosity and chewiness as regular Pannepot, with a charred oak / tannic character that adds some astringency. Medium, brown sugar and toasty oak finish, with some alcoholic warmth.
Phil (175) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, wow, wow! this I love. supreme complex of flavors, interesting rather than overpowering... Carlo, and Urbain.... guys... WOW! That orange/winter spice note is added to rather than asaulted by the oak...
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours a dark, brownish-red, but sits completely black in the glass with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Great, small, tight retention. Lots of Christmas spices in the nose like nutmeg and ginger. Lesser notes of chocolate and red wine with hints of Ouzo. The flavor is medium to heavily sweet, mildly acidic and moderately bitter with notes of cola, red wine and dark chocolate... crazy blend of all kinds of wackiness! Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Finishes spicy and a bit ďhot!Ē Kudos to Marsiblursi for shipping this bottle overseas for me to share!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Thick, somewhat fizzy light beige head, slow to fade. Sheet lacing with irregular holey patches. At first glimpse the body looks black. Closer inspection reveals a bold though extremely dark chestnut color with mahogany fiery crimson and Autumn orange hues. The aroma is gorgeous. Itís immediately, unmistakably evident that Pannepot is the base beer, but there are stark contrasts. The powerful spice notes of the unoaked version are softened, refined and melded into a wintry concoction. Heavy barrel notes lead the procession. Following is vanilla, soft sweet cherries, passion fruit, hefty licorice, coriander, strawberry, caramel and sugar. Faint hints from the barrel and spice combinations elude to the wonders of Islay Sctoch, specifically a vivid recollection of my last sip of Caol Ila. Pumpkinseed sneaks in for a brief moment. Almost zero alcohol is evident. This appears to be a marvelous result of just the right amount of barrel aging. Oh, how I adore what French Oak does to flavors in alcoholic beverages, of all sorts. What a nose; I think Pannepotpourri would be a better name for this. Alcohol shines through moderately to heavily in the flavor. Spice notes are now laden with pepper. The oak barrel taste is very lightly tannic, delicate but everpresent. Caramel is plentiful and lends to a sweetness that verifies the young age. This isnít as sweet as a fresh, unoaked bottle is but has copious chocolate and vanilla. Viscosity is very high even though the body is still relatively large and sticky. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation(or heavy carbonation that is velvety). In a divergence from the original version, this beer seems thinned somewhat from a stay so long in the barrel; there are, however, no heavy tannins, noticeable oxidation or any off flavors. The finish is balanced, erring on the sweet side, with lingering candy notes. Not as exciting as the original, though if that changes after this sits in the bottle awhile I wouldít be the least bit surprised. That wishful thinking will warrant at least a few revisits. Oh, darn.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#700!! Huge thanks to hopscotch for sharing this rare gem!! Pours a dark caramel brown, with a thin, but well-retained light brown head. Smells of sweet dark malts, a little bit of dark fruit, oak, a little spice, and a little funk too. Very big flavor right up front, sweet carmael, dark berries and other fruits, maybe some apple. The oak is definitely present as well, and blends in pretty well with the other flavors. There is a noticeable little funk taste in there too which gave it its unique character over the regular Pannepot. Pretty crazy flavor, up in your face, but the alcohol is masked quite well. I get a little heat in the finish, but nothing highly evident. A little fruity finish and oaky aftertaste. I think I liked the regular Pannepot better, but this was very good too. Thanks again Eric!!
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is an incredible beer. The aroma has light alcohol, but much more. There is sweet fruit, cinnamon, malt sweetness, yeast, and oak, as well as some brown sugar and light spices I canít identify. It has a very dark brown appearance, and is very thick like syrup, the palate is quite exceptional. The flavor has a little oak, and this is just a hair drier than the regular Pannepot. There is also a light roasted character. Very much like a malty Trappist ale, comparable to Achel or Westvleteren in the malt character. There are light spices, and I do perceive the cardamom now that I know it is there. It takes a long time just to drink a little bit of this, as it is very thick, heavy, smooth, and complex. My first 5.0. Thanks to olso2116 for sharing.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
thank you olso2116 for sharing this magnificent beer. The oak aged version of one of my favorite beers on the planet did not not disappoint. A dark brown pour with a spicy cardimum nose and faint oak funk. Mixture of other spices that were incredibly well blended. Sweet body had the same wonderful medly of spices and noticeable oak.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, 2006 edition, 0.75l@Delirium Cafť, Brussels) opaque, very dark brown with a medium, foamy and lacy, slightly tanned head. Very malty aroma with oaky vanilla, dark fruit, calvados and hints of alcohol. Sweet and Xmas-spicy, rhummy, milk-chocolatey, maraschino cherry flavor. Quite full-bodied, slightly foamy-carbonated and sticky palate. I have to say, that this is very sweet, and itís almost hard to finish a half of the 0.75l bottle. On the other hand, it is a very good and enjoyable beer. Oak/calvados aging has not affected the flavor that much (not like in Calva Reserva, for example), but certainly thereís some extra complexity in the form of oaky vanilla etc. Anyway, the basis was already a world-class brew, so... A pleasure to drink (well, even think of :). With the bottle almost finished, the alcohol begins to warm quite a bit.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Cellarís Friday evening weekly beer tasting. From bottle shared by olso2116, pours a semi-hazy dark brown brew with an average dissolving tan head that leaves behind a good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with multiple scents of bananas, ginger, cinnamon, and dried pitted dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, average carbonated with a malty caramel flavor with some wood /oak character. Finish is smooth and a slight spice bitterness with an almond marzipan aftertaste. Most excellent!
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 Lugging this around in the backpack from Denmark wasnít the most fun, but the beer was worth it. Poured dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma was sweet and spicy with bananas coming through. Flavor was very complex and also sweet and spicy. Beautiful mouthfeel. I just wish I would have brought back some of the regular pannepot so that I could have done a side-by-side comparison.