hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 #100 rating. Bottle at the Hop Leaf in Chicago after the Dark Lord release. Poured into a tulip, a nice mahogany brown with an average size white head that lasted. Yeasty sweet, fruity vinous raisin aroma which got more complex as it warmed. Noticable alcohol in the aroma. After 10 minutes, I finally decide to take a drink, this taste lasts for a while and changes as it goes down. My first notes on the flavor say: Good beer. Chewy goodness. Then I try for a minute or two to figure out what Iím tasting...stuff like vinous dates, brown sugar, and a bunch of other stuff I couldnít pick out because I decided to just sit back and enjoy it. There was a hint of sourness and then a nice bitter finish. Medium body, watery texture with a dry finish. It was fun to try this beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Re-Rate- Very unimpressed with it this time. The first rating was not under the best of circumstances. The body is fizzy and acidic, not a lot of sweetness or depth, just a cardboard slightly bitter taste.
Pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of bananas, clove, apples very complex. Flavor is delicious. Iím going to leave it at that so I can pay more attention to the beer. Incredible. Huge thanks to RatedX for sharing this one.
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to RatedX ! The aroma is much like a plum/raisin pudding. I donít know how else to explain it. Thereís some spiciness to it. It just smells absolutely delicious. Appearance is rich and brown/mahogany with a long lasting thin brown head. Spicey flavor that is superbly balanced. Very fruity and nutty. Warming flavor and palate. WOW! This is one darn good beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Lachesis for sending this one to me from Belgium. Aged for six months after I received it. Poured muddy brown with a huge off white head. The head retention on this beer is quite ridiculous only to be out done by the lacing this brew leaves. Heavily carbonated. Aroma is a sweet, bread, banana pudding, yeast, and a combination of fruits. Has a thick silky mouthfeel that is quite superb. I am not even sure what exactly I tasted. There was just so much going on that it was difficult for me to isolate any one flavor. Definately spiced with a combination of cherry, grape, plum, apricot, banana, peach, berries, and bread. The spices keep the sweetness from overly dominating. There is a slight alcohol warming sensation in the finish, but it is hidden very well under the fruit attack. Will definately need more of this to figure it out.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had to be something special for my #100
rating and this did not dissapoint. Nothing less than perfection in every regard, itís greatness goes well beyond my words. This and the Rochefort 10 have a unique silky mouthfeel which sets them apart from the rest, only the Westy 8 comes close. Compared to the Rochefort, this might have a touch more sweetness and less alcohol presence, with such complexity you could write a book about it...I think they must have this on tap in heaven.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark amber/light brown color with a fizzy off-white color. Not much head to start. The smell is dirt-like with hints of alcohol, raisin, yeast, and that Belgian horse-hair flavor common in many. Flavor has some sweet dark candy sugar up front with a raisin/plum flavor coming in later. Very warming as the alcohol hits you pretty quick but is not overwhelming in the aftertaste as a sweetness re-enters. Some aging will do this beer well, but I am surprised by itís world class rating since it doesnít seem as complex as the Westy 8.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I stared at this one for half an hour before mustering up the courage to begin. Finally, I went for it... Hazy copper-brown color with a lively, fizzy, off-white and thin head. Beautiful lacing as the experience progresses. Aroma is chocolate, prunes, coriander, nutmeg and sugar-brazed walnuts. Flavor? Delicious. Flavor was a rotating sequence of caramel, nuts and toffee. Subtle carbonation and wonderful malt complexion. Warming in every sense - there goes my head, there glows my throat... Not the second coming of Christ, but this is good stuff.
meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 First, thanks Chris for the present. An excellent beer. Gave a sip to my son who commented that it was nicely sweet, not too bitter. He was very correct. It had also nice appearance with a very nice head. Even so, it still was not as smooth as the Rochefort Trappistes 10 which I felt, regardless of availability, was a slightly better beer.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! I decided that i would wait to crack this beauty until i set a personal best in the pole vault. well, friday i jumped 17í1" and today i just finished my bottle of westy 12. the cap was best by 10.03.07 meaning march 10, 2007 so, this was just over a year old. this was amazing. It poured into my westy glass a pleasing brown, with lots of floaties and an ample sized head that fades a bit while a thin layer exists until the end leaving some nice lace on the sides of the glass. the smell just said "drink me". it was sweet and yeasty. the first sip made me want to just suck down the entire glass, but i restrained myself and enjoyed the rest over the next 40 minutes. the taste included a bread, candy, and fruit. there was a distinct tartness in the middle and a nice bitterness toward the end rounding out all the wonderful flavors. alcohol was not present hardly in the taste, but the warming in the finish was very welcome. if you have not tried this yet, somehow acquire a bottle--mail order, trade, you should try this. that being said, this may be the best beer i have tried to date. not one that i would drink every day, too expensive now hard to get(and probably too heavy) to be a favorite, but this is so artful. as satisfying as a 7 course meal. i am glad that i got to try westy 12. and i look forward to someday drinking a beer that will surpass this in quality if that is possible.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Iíll keep quiet as to where I actually got to sample this beer, as I donít want to get anyone in trouble, but it was very kind of the person to do so and I thank them for it. Poured a lovely dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of plum and spice - almost like a very nice warmed piece of plum cake - very unique and inviting. The taste again was dominated by plum and spice - Iím having a hard time describing it - it was very rich a dessert like, almost like a fine after dinner port. The alcohol is very present but only adds to the overall taste. This was truly a lovely beer, but only one I could have a sample of after dinner once in a while. Contrast that to the Rochefort 10 I tried earlier this week, which I could drink very easily a couple of bottles. Still, an incredible drinking experience, one of the main reasons I got into the ratebeer community.