Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 No doubt, this beer is amazing, but the more good beers I try I discover that, to me, it is not the best beer of the world.
Pours a dark brown body with a fine reddish glow and a foamy tan head! The aroma is very full and complex. I smell a basket full of fruit, plums, raisins, toffee, yoghurt etc. Flavor is just as full-bodied and complex. Sweet fruity with millions of things I can even describe here! Soft, smooth, full, heavy and complex...excellent!!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle dated 01-14-06 Poured a cloudy murky brown with small beige head and light lacing. Aroma is decadent. Malty caramel, spicy and big notes of sweet cherries. Body is full, smooth and delicate on the tongue. Possibly the most smooth ale I've experienced. The flavor of this beer is also one to savor and combined with the aroma is one that's hard to beat. That's one thing about this ale I found most impressive. The in your face aroma with the flavor is an onslought of your senses. The malty caramel and fruit flavor leads to a gentle warming sensation towards the middle of the glass. I'm glad I finally had a chance to sample this wonder, but at a price of $13 a bottle it's one I won't enjoy often. The only downfall of this brew.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok, my favorite beer types are strong ales and stouts, but I can see this beer as deserving of the 100 percentile position at ratebeer. Sweet, luscious, rich, aromatic, complex. This will not dissapoint.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After telling a dangerous vixen about the top rated beer in the world, she batted her eyes and whispered sweet promises if I opened a bottle for her to try. At first, she wasn't too impressed as the lager was too cold for the complex flavors to blossom. I stole the glass from her unsuspecting hands and told her to wait - all her desires would be fulfilled in time. Minutes passed, the sweet expectations driven by the site of the beads of sweat slowly dripping down the glass. The lager warmed and she took another sip. Her eyes widened. Her mouth opened and words tumbled from her quivering lips. I could only smile as she muttered words describing the amazing port flavors, ripened with fruit and covered with chocolate, lingering with spices and coated with molasses.
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
dark amber tan head, blah blah... smell is amazing, dark fruits, malt, alcohol. tastes far too complex for my pallate, but it's like getting your ass kicked by a supermodel, you don't really understand it, but you love every second of it. the answer to anyone who has ever claimed that brewing is not an art.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 (2005 bottle sampled 12/2008) Aroma of raisins and dried plums, anise, saltiness. Salty-anisey flavor, lots of dried fruit, quite intense, sweetish maltiness, slight sourness, orange-peel and anise in the finish. Medium body, no alcohol presence.
(Bottled, BBE 09/2007, sampled Dec 27, 2005) Smooth, syrupy aroma of raisins and plums, plus anise hints. No alcohol. Very malty, syrupy, smooth-anisey flavor with soft, warming alcohol hints. Some sticky-sugary bitterness. Quite full-bodied, silky-smooth-carbonated palate. Already considerably better than the fresh (06/2008) bottle I compared this with. Will probably get much closer to 5 by more cellaring...
(Bottled, BBE 09/2007, sampled Dec 19, 2004, was 8-4-9-5-18=4.4) Dark reddish brown color with a medium, beige head. Slightly roasted, malty and alcoholic aroma with licorice and some coffee hints. Sweetish, malty and wineous flavor with some salty soy-sauce, fruit, anise and other herbs. Quite full-bodied, smooth and slightly alcoholic, very warming palate with a somewhat high, but balanced carbonation. A very nicely balanced, complex, but a bit alcoholic brew. A few years of maturing would probably do good for this one.
[Old re-rate Feb 4, 2004, was 3.7 before this] Dark drown color, no head. Wineous, a bit alcoholic cocoa aroma. Very full-bodied, wineous, peppery flavor with plenty of herbs (anise). Heavy stuff! Needs to mature more to soften the flavor, but very good anyway.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 Unlike most, I do not understand why this is the God of Beers at all. A nice ale, yes but a little sweet. Aroma of dates or raisens (I could not tell which). Very complex flavors.
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma and flavour were very complex and full with strong notes of molasses/sugar, malt, licorice and many more components. All in good balance with the alcohol and carbonation. Mouthfeel was fantastic and the bitter aftertaste just lasted. Great.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 I saved my 100th rating for the beer most everyone hails as supreme.It poured an exquisite brown red color, the aroma was malty sweet, with a little bit of citrus,not as wonderful as I thought. The taste was sraight malt citrus, with a hint of cherry. A very nice brew, but not the elexiar I was led to believe.I read one report that the new brew is a little raw and may take a couple years to peak, so I bought another bottle and will let it sit.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now, I usually prefer blondes to brunes, at least in beers, but Westy has amazing complexity. Every sip is a discovery. It looks splendid and smells good too, but there's less aroma than I anticipated.
The alcohol is warming and as you get further down the glass you'll be finding yet another facet of this many splendored nectar. Variety of fruits and tastes to be discovered, among the dried fruits some chocolate. I'll need to rate this again to do it properly, but I'm hardly overrating it now!