BenDover (223) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a 4 year old bottle that made its way to me via a friend who got it from another friend living in Germany.
Pours a dark cloudy brown, good amount of extremely dense tan foam, leaves behind some fine lacing. Aroma is very lush: figs, cherries, sweetness. Taste is simultaneously smoky, sweet and malty, oaky and earthy, and fruity - raisins and figs most prominently. An extremely complex beer; the specific flavors seem to change subtly with each sip.
Inoven (308) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flesje gekregen met verjaardag. Donkerbruin troebel bier met weinig schuim. Aroma is fruitig en caramelachtig. Ook de smaak is lekker fruitig en rokerig, zoet en caramelachtig. Jammer dat de smaak snel wegebt.
carlorox (15) - siena, ITALY - SEP 25, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Splendida esperienza, gusto armonico ed equilibratissimo. Il sentore di cioccolato non è per nulla invadente, ma neppure troppo blando. Tutti gli aromi stanno al loro giusto posto e si ha l’impressione netta e incisiva di essere comunque di fronte a una grande tradizione.
DisPor (9) - - SEP 19, 2016 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2016 Looks beautiful. A dark, murky, not quite opaque red colour, with a large beige head that retains for quite a while. Aroma is very malt forward, with some dark fruits. Taste contains a nice bit of warming alcohol, with more dark fruits, licorice, and caramel notes, and is just packed full of complexity. Very full bodied and goes down easy. The notes permeate the aftertaste and coat the palate in a very satisfying way. Not sure it lives up to the "best beer in the world" hype, but honestly how could it have? I’m very happy with what I got and it’s easily one of the best beers that I have personally had.
Rubin77 (1033) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 16, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
F: big, creamy, off-white, long lasting.
C: dark red to dark brown, hazy.
A: malty, liquorice, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, plums, floral, hoppy, spicy, complex.
T: very malty, molasses, spearmint, sweet chocolate, liquorice, biscuits, herbal hops, floral, yeasty, red vinous tones, plums, earthy, brown sugar, dark red fruits, full complex body, smooth mouthfeel, normal carbonation, very good balanced and great marketing, worth to try, 0,33l on tap @ In de Vrede cafe 8. June 2016.
darbeer75 (523) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: very complex with fruit, vanilla, cookie, and a bit of dry white wine; Appearance: very dark amber with thin white head that lingers; Taste: rich, spicy, fruity, boozy, balanced and complex; absolutely delicious; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: fantastic quad that I would drink whenever possible.
Trolleo (1340) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark brown color, minimal off-white head. Sweet aroma, lots of plum dumplings and figs, raisins, alcohol, some wood and spices. Taste is strong, caramel, dried fruit, again figs, brown sugar, really sweet. Full body, soft carbonation. I appreciate the complexity of this brew, and overall it is a great brew, but far from the best one.
wrlangin (157) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Visited cafe outside brewery in July of 2014. Fantastic day, sunny and 20 degrees C. I had two 375 ml glasses of Westy 12 for 5.5 Euros each! The sweet aroma of cherries, sugar, raisins and whatever else is fantastic. Flavour matches perfectly. A truly unforgettable afternoon.
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ANZUShophunter (280) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Craft (thanks Les!) poured into Belgian ale glass. Murky amber with an expansive foamy head and aroma of caramel and yeasty sweet bread. Broad taste profile where the caramel features again along with molasses, fig, and toasted malt. Taste transforms as it warms. Hope to try again at the source.
bigda83 (838) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
January 2014 bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with a reddish tint and foamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, fig, black licorice, molasses, leather, bread. Flavor follows the nose with caramel and dark fruits up front (I got cherry, plum, raisin), bready, fig, black licorice, leather, tobacco, and slight alcohol (I got way less from this than I did with the 8, weird). Full body, thick texture, medium carbonation, pretty easy finish and not much alcohol. Very smooth.
copestx (103) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent light brown with a quickly dissipating head.Aroma of cherries, other stone fruits and caramel. Taste of butterscotch, leather, caramel, and stone fruits. No hop presence. Super balanced. Everything in its right place. A bit too carbonated (should have aged it!), which takes away from the palate. Will re-rate when I have had an aged Westy.