TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly light bodied, but its complexity of chocolate, liquorices, dark fruit and bourbon played well into my palate and didn’t disappoint in the least.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a brownish head. Roasted aroma with some chocolate. Roasted malt flavors with alcohol. Smothers the mouth with an alcohol finish. Pleasing stout to drink while watching Buck_Dich suffer from the night before.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 (score is for the bourbon aged version) Aroma is full of alcohol and burnt chocolate. Pitch black color with a great nutty looking head. Flavor is bitter and complex, very chewy. This is one of widmer's best, it's too bad I wasn't at my prime to enjoy it.
ReRate Bourbon Barrel Aged: Black color, dark tan head, lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is very unique, lots of oak & chocolate. Roasted would be an understatement, lots of bourbon. Almost a shot, feels thick & heavy, lots of flavor, complex balanced. Lots of bourbon though.
boozehound (1) - USA - JAN 11, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big and dark. Maintains a beautiful head through out pint, with nice lacing. Alcoholic aroma, with roasty notes. Nice balance from start to finish. Found only at the brewery, and 2 small accounts around the Portland area
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After hearing portlandrunk (hey Murph!) rave on this, had to sneak over to the Gasthaus and try it myself. Came black with a nice head, that hung on pretty good for 10%. Nice and roasty, chocolate and some sweetness, with a lovely bitter finish. Why arent they bottling this, even as a seasonal?
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Finally! A beer other than Winternacht from this brewer I can really love. Wonderful sweet aroma. Chocolate and fruit in the taste. Very dark, just a little burnt and apparent alcohol (10% ABV). I really enjoyed this and I think it should be bottled to help show people that not all Widmer beers taste the same. ReRate7-7-3: Great licorice and coffee bean flavors highlight the finish. Eating w/burger detracts from the taste. ReRate: Bourbon Barrel aged version, 1-26-04. Big 'ol bourbon taste right at the start (also in aroma). Also present in the stinging hoppy aftertaste. Really ads to this beer. My rating reflects my opinion on this particular version.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Only at the brewery - this is a beer hunter’s delight. Wonderfull dark, rich and a shot of alcohol. This is truly meant for those damp and cold northwest winters - this would warm the Grinch.
dentarthurdent99 (8) - USA - MAR 5, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge beer. Nice and heavy with excellent roast. This is truly imperial.