Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade from Ross, thanks man! Pours a dark brown color with light brown creamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, molassess, caramel, allspice, nutmeg and anise. Taste is the same with more of the dark fruit and belgian spice showing through. It’s creamingly smooth with little evidence alcohol. This is right up there with Rochefort 10.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Holy aroma! Like Christmas in a glass. Gingerbread, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. Dark and very opaque in colour. Wonderful mouthfeel, very creamy and silky smooth.Very well executed. After drinking for awhile everything does become just slightly too much. Don’t know if I could drink this all night, but it’s certainly not intended as a session brew. Nice layers of complexity throughout. A great sipper and perfect after-dinner brew.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as midnight on a moonless night. Seductive and layerd. Nose: coco, cherry, tootsie roll, tropical, oh yeah! Palate: deep and dark, cranberry/banana bread. Super layered. Integrated alcohol. Well done!
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pitch black with tan head. incredibly complex flavor of raisons, toffeee, caramal with some subtle alcohol complexity but very well tolerated. amazing beer
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 2006 bottle. Dark brown with thick and big head. Amazing lace. Nose is coconut, pineapple, cherry wine, calvados, slightly port vinous and alcoholic. Quite exotic. Flavor has dried fruits, ripe banana, port wine, almond, roasted malts and slight dash of hops. A bit of everything, but still somehow restrained. Strong, but warming alcohol. Bittersweet and tannic palate. Medium to full bodied, smooth enough carbonation. Sounds amazing, but overall a bit too alcoholic. So we’ll meet again in a couple of years, some sunny day. (was 9 4 8 4 17)
Re-rate of the same vintage, 22 months later. Gushing bottle. Lots of earthy licorice, fermenting berries, even glue, booziness, candi sugar, pear and cellary yeast. A tad hollow, strongly carbonated palate. All over the place, this one failed big time. Scored 6 4 7 3 12, I’ll settle for something in the between.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bottle. Pours dark with huge tan head. Great lacing. The smell was of bread, vinous fruit and spices. Taste was of spices, bread, vinous and other dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium and very smooth with slight carbonation and slight bitterness up front, but not at the finish. This was complex waves of flavors and mouthfeel that was luxurious to the senses. Fantastic!
blutt59 (6425) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, 2006 vintage, decent light brown head, very fruity with tastes of raisins, espresso and malty sugars, not overpowering
Plovmand (7667) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Pours dark brown with nice pearly light brown head. In nose plenty of prunes and other dark fruits. I catch coffee and herbal stuff here too. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Fantastic spicy taste of brown sugar mixed with dark fruits. End up with the warmth from the alcohol.
mar (5153) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle courtesy of Bhops. deep chocolate brown with a thin cream head. dried fruits, malts, alcohol and brown sugar on the nose. incredibly smooth and the flavors are all over the place from roasted malts to fruits.
downender (7686) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels. Huge, lively pour with a chestnut brown colour and massive, yet short-lived, tan head. Lots of floaters too. Aromas of liquorice, brown sugar and dark fruit. Flavour was sweet with plenty of malt, nutmeg and some earthy hops that added depth to the finish. Alcohol was fairly prominent, which perhaps detracted a bit from an otherwise excellent beer.