pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Ok, so I went for it, got done with a long project so I had to celebrate. Once again I was like a little kid at Christmas. Pours out a nice deep brown color with a decent sized white head. The aroma is amazing, with complex fruits and sweet spice. The taste is almost godly. There is such complexity I have no idea how they pull it off. It has a nice bananna flavor with other more subtle notes of spice, fruits and brown sugar, with slight yeast and a tiny little note of hops. Awesome brew, I canít wait to have an aged one of these.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel and toast aromas w/ a buttery crispness and sweetness. Deep brown w/ gold highlights, okay head and slight lacing. Caramel apple sweetness and spice w/ hints of honey and orange. Light and dry w/ minor effervesence.
TorbenH (774) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely wonderful! The best beer in the world. Well worth the price. Supernatural
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Faint aroma. I couldnít help it, I was quite disappointed by the smell, but the taste of this is excellent. Very sweet, but the complexity never makes it cloying. So many fruits in this..
Excellent brew, but is this the best in the world? I can imagine this being to sweet for me on some days, Iíd rather have a Rochefort 10 then...
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sat 11/27/04 at Kuhnhenns with flemdawg and clark v v who brought this wonderful bottle to share. redmosquito was and one of the kuhnhenn brothers where at the table to. poured a rich brown with a light tan head.aroma got a nice hit of alcohol, than came the malts, caramels, honey, cherry, and some apple. flavor, didnít want to swallow this , the creamy smoothness of this beer was great. got malts, caramel alcohol, honey, raisins, chocolate or maybe chocolate covered raisins.this is only the 3rd bottle I have seen I know flemdawg has got one so maybe in the middle of the night under the civer of darkness Iíll see if I can get it.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 Coppery amber in color with an off white head and a little cloudy yeast sediment. Interesting aroma, definite alcohol smell, then a wine like aroma, oakey yet it still has some creamy malt fragrance. Alcohol warms as I taste this, malt sweetness dominates, nutty, caramelly, and creamy vanilla in the finish. The beer sits on the tongue and lingers with a warm malt creaminess. This is a great beer, the only thing keeping this from being a daily beer is the availability. Thanks ClarkVV for letting me try this.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Raisins, dark fruit, liquorice, chocolate, spice, prune, caramel. Nomatter how many times you smell this beer you can keep picking up new aromas! Black with a tan head. Chocolate sweet raisins, spice, fruitcake, caramel, berries, amazing. Cannot taste alcohol at all. Soft silky mouthfeel. Amazing stuff. I have to try this again! cheers duff!! Re-Rate: Black/dark brown with a tan lasting head. Not much more to add apart from "The worlds best session beer. Cannot detect alcohol. +1 appearance too.
Anton (1) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really liked this beer.
(Thatís because I drank five of them and i only weigh sixty kilos.)
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Bottle: Excellent aroma. Very malty with lots of fruit (apple, cherry, grape), chocolate, and caramel. Alcohol is detectable in the nose but not overpowering. Pours a dark brown with a little red/orange with a decent off-white head that dies rather quickly. Lots of sediment floating around, but not noticeable until you get to the last bit because a full glass is such a dark brown. Very malty. Sweet but not too sweet. Flavors of fruit, caramel, and rasion. Some chocolate in there. Like the aroma, alcohol is detectable in the flavor, but not overpowering. Balances nicely with the other flavors. Has a nice warming effect. Has sort of an sweet apple, caramel and alcohol finish . Very smooth and great texture. Light bitterness with the first few sips, but absolultely none outside those first few. Gets better and better with every sip. Definitely lives up to the reputation.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lot of people has already praised this beer for its many qualities. However I find it a bit too sweet. But nonethless still an excellent strong ale.