TikiE (368) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful dark amber reddish color with a frothy tan head. Wanted to really like this but a little to sweet to enjoy. Still liked it but should have shared a little.
milothedog (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Way too much alcohol which ruins the experience. There is no reason to make a beer with this much alcohol except for bragging rights in my opinion. I tried to drink but just couldn’t get past the strong alcohol profile. I typically drink beers in the 10-12% range so am not new to high alcohol content beers.
AbbeyRoade (299) - Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Great raisin and spice. Fruity and very sweet and holds the 18% exceptionally well!
sitzds (288) - - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark amber with nice head. Aromas are raisin, alcohol heat, molasses, red fruit. Flavors are similar with the heat dissipating with time.
Beerenberger (1414) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
July 2012 Batch # 10: Aroma of dark fruit, mince meat, and sugared candy. Pours a cloudy dark-tea-brown with a thin tan ring and no lacing. The taste is SWEET with a strong alcohol "warmth" in the finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Round slick mouthfeel till the alcohol kicks in. Overall, while this is a well crafted beer, it is WAY too sweet for my tastes. Can you say C-L-O-Y-I-N-G? Whoa!
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 batch on draft at the brewery. Garnet, glinting sunset red. Thin tan head, moderate rate of decay to ring. Aroma of light candy, grass, banana, hint of strawberry. Light aroma given the abv. Heavy body on the syrupy side, moderate-to-big prickly carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bit boozy, big grassy bitterness. Candy and sugar. Caramelized banana, brown sugar, raisins begin to come through as it warms. Hot, hint of metal. Not a hug fan; I find this very cloying. Maybe I should have saved it for dessert in the dead of winter instead of a packed tasting in August, but the methodology is consistent...
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft of 2010. Pours hazy copper with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has a bit of brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of raisin. The taste has a huge sweetness that is dominated by fig and brown sugar. Quad like and enjoyed.
Ktwse (1947) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy brown amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of muscovado, dates, figs, butterscotch, very very sweet! Light oak and caramel. Taste is heavy alcohol sweet with port and bourbon, loads and loads of sugar. Finish is long and alcohol warming, quite boozy. Body is medium to full and creamy with flat carbonation.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 2 drank in 2013: I’m certainly glad that I waited 9 years to drink this, I’m sure that the time helped to mellow it out. Pours a cloudy dark orange with almost no head, aroma of brown sugar and molasses, starts and ends extremely sweet with a long alcohol burn. Totally over the top.
biggsbowler (260) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ’09 - Pours a dark, murky brown w/ reddish hue and tan head, little retention. Aroma contains malt, caramel, toffee, and honey. More caramel and toffee in the taste with dark malts, figs, and maple. Still a little harsh for a 5 year old bottle but still very good.