Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. IT’s sweet and fruity with a nice malt note, a little almond and a touch of licorice. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.
deReiger (11) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tried two bottles: 2005 and 2004 (at Kulminator). The 2005 was OK visually, but over-the-top sweetness killed it for me. Generally a rich beer with fruit and chocolate notes and enough sugar to kill a tooth. The 2004 was less sweet, but everything else was also less. Not complex and not particularly tasty. Is this the most over-rated beer here?
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Yogi_Beera for this one, #600 for me, poured with a huge tan head, and a ruby/brown color, first taste was of candy sugar to me, very sweet, but mellows as it warms, alcohol noticable, but not overpowering, overall a bit sweeter than I like, but it would be great on a snowy day, in front of a fire.
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown colour with a tan head, dried fruit and carmel aroma; very sweet taswte with raisin and sugar aromas; sweet finish with more dates and raisin aromas.
Surely one of the most over-rated beers. Far too sweet and lacking any great complexity. Not a patch on Rochefortoise Bruin, on which it is supposedly based. Where is the chocoalte flavour? Not a beer I would choose to drink orten - Gulden Draak is more complex and less cloying. Why do so many people think this beer is wonderful?
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Giant head on a beer of mixed shades. A wizard’s glass of brown clouds. Aroma is licorice root, yeast, alcohol and an air of sweetness. Flavour is mostly salt water toffee, licorice flavoured. A novelty beer that will not stay in the top 50. (or so I thought)
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kulminator. Poured a dark brown with a large head. Had a caramely, malty aroma. It definitely tasted sweet with a little spice to it. Not too damn bad.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky brownish red, almost auburn or chesnut in nature; aroma is very dopplebock-like, with chocolate, dark berries, caramel, nuts, vanilla, molasses and raison ...flavor is of chocolate, dark fruit, raison, and bread...nice and smooth...very TASTY!
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. Many thanks to Walt for this bottle. Murky red-brown body, medium light tan head. Big, doppelbocky aroma, with strong caramels, toast, toffee, raisin, and prune. This reminded me of bread pudding. Sweet, sugary body with heavy malts. Raisin, prune, brown sugar, toffee, toast, and hints of chocolate made this a rich drinking experience. Alcohol was toned down. Complex and unique for the style. The heavy sweetness, though not cloying, prevents an even higher rating. Very good.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Lasting pillowy tan head. Tempting aroma of dark sugar, spices, chocolate, figs, raisins and caramel. Flaavour is sweet, yet not cloying. Some wonderful notes of prunes, choc, raisins, caramel, figs and light spice. Celebration in a bottle. Medium, silky smooth body. Such a well balanced, tasty beer. Top class, and very moreish.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - FEB 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - this made me completely forget, the sleet and cold winds outside for the entire evening.
Gorgeous dark red body with lasting light tan head.
Lots of dark fruits (raisins, plums, ripe berries) in both aroma and taste. Quite sweet with clear taste of brown sugar, but not too sweet. I imagine the glass will last me pretty much the whole evening - partly because I can just sit down and enjoy the aroma.
I bet this would be lovely on its own as a dessert after a nice meal.