Huhzubendah (2755) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Churchkey in D.C. Split with a few buddies.
The beer looks like a muddy cola. Brownish gray and murky with an inch of thick, khaki hued cap. Not a very nice looking beer. However, every other aspect of the beer (all of the important attributes) is fantastic.
The aroma brings the cognac front and center. Additional notes of toffee, oak, booze, leather, brown sugar. Fabulous flavor, carrying every delectable whiff of the aroma into the taste. Rich and smooth. Delicate on the palate with a gentle, silky finish. 17.3% abv?!? Dangerously drinkable. Teeming with flavor, this is a beer to sip and savor. A top notch example of the style. I’d love to have this again sometime.
BenH (2737) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (got you covered on this too, Mike). Dark brown with golden head. Aroma is amazing, some oxidised sherry notes, sherry, dried fruit, chocolate, dates. Taste is delightful as well, dates, raisins, sherry, tastes like Pedro Ximinez. Very sweet and alcohol well hidden. Excellent
50belair (2645) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Thick soupy pour that’s a murky poo brown in color with a fleeting mocha head. Sweet caramel aromas. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee upfront with the boozy cognac bite in the finish. Huge body with a mind numbing mouthfeel. I would love to have a bottle to sit down for five years or so.....
beastiefan2k (2640) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL capped bottle shared by further. Ruby brown color small head. Lots of beige lacing. Big caramel and burnt sugars malt aroma, alcohol present but not rubbing alcohol. Strong but not too strong. Flavor lots of raisin, again big malts like aroma very sweet biscuit crust. Very sweet finish but not off putting. I was going in ready to hate but I was very surprised. Sweet thick mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
tectactoe (2634) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Batch 2. Deep brown, ruddy copper pour, quickly fading beige head & collar. Aroma is full of huge booze, cognac, floral notes, Apple skins, phenols, tainted caramel, anise, heavy candy sweetness. Flavor is huge caramel candy, melted toffee, anise, licorice, plum, burnt brown sugar, insanely thick mouth feel. Like melted egg nog, heavy boozy finish. Wow.
VsXsV (2573) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Hazy brown liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of bread, dried fruit, wood, cognac, vanilla, booze, raw sugar and chocolate. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of wood, dried fruit and raw sugar. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.
chinchill (2446) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large shared bottle.
Spicy and dark fruit notes in the nose. Hints of brandy.
Body seems a bit light but is fairly smooth for ABV.
A bit boozy in the finish.
Lukaduke (2436) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple samples at the Festival 2013. Pours a rich copper caramel color with a trace of khaki foam. The nose is sweet but inviting with caramel, toffee, raisin, coconut covered dates. The palate follows with a nice full round mouthfeel but slick in the finish and not overly sticky.. nice notes of tootsie rolls, malted chocolate, toffee... damn the alcohol on this one is well integrated and not hot whatsoever ! Delicious.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Humpy’s. Pours a very murky, rusty copper color with a tiny off white head. Aroma is almost all raisin and toffee, there is some light fruity esters and wood. Flavor is toffee/caramel, dark dried fruit mostly with some light bitterness and a very tame alcohol presence. Medium body with a mild, soft carbonation. Hard to believe this one is 17%, drinks like a 10% beer, really reminds me of smoother, cleaner, Tomas Hardy. I hope Gabe bottles this.
Gription79 (2388) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Humpy’s. This is the easiest drinking 17% beer that I have had. Burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins in the finish. So damn good.