tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex, aggressively hopped, strong, overpowering alcohol aroma. Very fruity (raisin, plum, date), meaty, resinous. Clear ruby brown with tan head that recedes to cover with thick ring. So sweet and sherry-like initially followed by roasted malts, drunken alcoholic fruit and lasting bitterness. Body is still and sticky, very full and syruppy. Huge alcohol warming. I can feel it right behind my eyes. An interesting substitute for an after dinner port or sherry perhaps. This is way over the top. Very complex but all flavours seem to be running in different directions. I think I like it. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, jercraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 2009-04-02. Pours a thick murky dark brown body with a modest beige head that fades. (3+) Aroma is a touch alcoholic up front but even that is a tiny fraction of fresh 2004 vintage. Fruity, dark fruit akin to grapes or dates. (7+) Similar flavour, some warming alcohol up front but a pleasantly sweet rich fruity malt core, notes of sweet dates or prunes. Sweet underlying malt, modest bitterness in the finish over a lingering molasses like sweetness. (8+) Smooth medium to full bodied palate is lightly carbonated. (3+) Nice! Apparently four years is sufficient to tame the beast. I kind of wish I had more to age! 8/3/9/4/17+ - 4.1 2005 Vintage. Bottle from trade, Probiere?
2005 Vintage Rated May 2005. Gorgeous ruby brown body with a small tan head (3+). Big boozey sweet caramel aroma is FAR more restrained than the 2004. First flavour impression is tingling alcohol across my lips, sweet sugary caramel malt, with unexpected bitterness in the finish magnified by dry alcohol. Smooth syrupy medium palate. 8/3+/7/4/16 - 3.9
2004 Vintage Unknown batch. Tiggmtl’s post Mondiale tasting. Reddish body with a moderate beige head. Sweetly alcoholic aroma with some volatiles making an appearance while it melts the hairs in the nose. The alcohol vapours from holding the glass to my nose while deciphering the aroma actually seemed to be burning my eyes. Big sweet malty complexity makes a glorious but brief appearance before being ravaged by the stampeding alcohol determined to burn a path across your tongue. Leaves the mouth tingly like you have just gargled with mouth wash. There is a subtle beauty to this beast, hiding quite deep down, only offering us tantalizing peaks at the huge potential that is overshadowed by the alcohol. Needs to age, or be restrained a few percentages. Seems to draw prosaic inspiration from the French film Le Pactes Des Loups, in which a harmless creature is dr
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cheers Raindog for ruining my palate Copper body, rather clear. Off-white film which is actually raher impressive for a 15% beer. Nose is very alcoholic, overpoweringly so, but I must admit there’s lots of good stuff under. A huge fruity malt of plums, peachs, maple, caramel. Subdued hops profile hide behind the nose burning alcohol. Palate is rather complex of an undescribable intensity. Every bit of your mouth is attacked with flavor and such a beer just can’t be balanced, no matter the malt/hops effect. Beyond words sweetness of maple, toffee. Burning lingering bitterness attack. It honores its name as being a mere agressivity piece of a beer. It would actually be very interesting to contemplate without the gross alcoholic burn. This is tongue-messing, a tongue sunburn, but so complex underneath.. yummy chocolate, plums, dates.. Very full bodied, low-medium carbonation level. Anyway, you know what you’re in for when you buy this, don’t you? It’s worth trying.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful relationship between dark fruit, figs and dates is slowly being burned down by an oppressive alcohol conflagration...Loads of resinous hop vines are charred and cannot be saved by the caramel balm...The flames rage on, drying out the earthy malt underneath and frying the cherry trees around...This is either a beer for strong alcohol lovers or a disturbing example of artisanal brewing overexuberance...3 or 4 degrees less of alcohol would probably render a most stunning beer though...Thanks Rastacouere!...
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with just a tiny little white head. Aromas of brown sugar, and dough with flavors exploding on the palate. A little thick on the tongue, the fisrt flavors are of an overbearing sweetness, nit alcohol. As it warms, more flavors come through; very barelywinish with hints of a belgian strong ale.
fraternie (884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby red body, thin head, vinous texture. Sweet, alcoholic aroma with strong notes of toffee and caramel as well some burnt almond/nut and some light fruit. Initial malt flavor of caramel and toffee dominate the initial malt flavor, but there is much more to this beer than that. Syrupy mouthfeel, notes of honey develop. As the beer warms frutier flavors begin to develop as well, including melon, bubble gum, and even licorice. Finish is warming, spicy (cinnamon?) very alcoholic but not unpleasantly so. Very sweet finish that becomes overwhelming towards the bottom of the bottle (one of the few complaints I have). A HUGE brew, commendable effort by Avery.
Indra (2686) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottling. Powerful, sweet, malty, estery aroma, alcohol very nicely apparent, quite complex and appealing with notes of light brown sugar, faint banana, toffee, plum, red grape, milk chocolate, lightly spicy hop, some dark breadiness and a faint oddly sourish tinge, all in all quite rich. Deep amber hue, reddish copper with a fine, creamy head and very thin lacing. Flavor profile is daunting, mighty, strongly sweet and fruity but bitter and alcoholic to balance. Begins sweet and sugary, becoming fruity and alcoholic, warming, intense and peppery with a moderately high amount of bitterness and some light cocoa and raisin on the finish. Made with Belgian ingredients in America but is closest in my experience thus far to a German Eisbock. Palate is thick, sticky and warming. Full bodied in the extreme with an Original Gravity of 1.130... Feels every bit of its nearly 16% alcohol content. Huge to be sure but not overwhelming, really. Certainly not cloying or unbalanced. Nevertheless I must echo sentiments that suggest 3-5 years in the cellar for this Beast. Really fantastic and obviously made for the true beer connoisseur who craves more.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big beer in every sense of the word. Red with no visible carbonation. Nose dry and fruity, woody and hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and a bit spicy, malts are there. Very well-masked, alcohol amazingly hidden considering strength. Dry at end with good hops. Nice mouthfeel as well.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Batch 1
Aroma: grapes, honey, grapefruits, brown sugar, alcohol, oak, cherries and other dark fruits, furniture polish, and cigars
Appearance: reddish-brown, lacing, cream-colored head
Flavor: honey, brown sugar, hops, carmel malts, and strong alcohol flavors
Palate: very smooth, lots of body; very filling. coats the inside of the mouth. quite thick, sweet and bitter aftertaste
Aroma: 9/10, spicy bananas, musty X-mas wrapping paper, spruce, carmel, brown sugar, new car scent, plastic, flowers--cherry blossoms maybe
Appearance: 4/5, golden brown, cream-->yellow head, some lacing
Flavor: 9/10, pineapple, spruce, carmel, bananas, spices/herbs, hops, apricots, alcohol, some bubble gum
Palate: 4/5, very sweet, very smooth, syrup-like texture that coats the throat (like cough syrup), sligh burning on the lips/tongue on finish, slight dry hoppiness
Overall: 18/20, Quite unique, would buy again!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson with yellow edges. Rather small head. Aroma of spices and raspberries, subtle hops too. Rather full mouthfeel with a vapor that creeps up into your nose with each sip. Flavor was spicier than the aroma, I tend to look for something a bit less "in my face" from a grand cru, but this shit is pretty good, lots of fruit and chocolate in the taste, with rather prominent alcohol notes.