beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
#666 and no other brew really seemed worthy of this mark. This is the most amazing winter warmer brew around. Tons of sweet malt, fig, dark fruit, raisin, and lots of sweet caramel malts. Very warming brew with a lot of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, normally this would not be all that good, but when its this cold outside, boooyah! This brew is going to be amazing once its aged for a year or two, let the alcohol settle a bit and the flavors mix and this could be perfect. Very thick body with a nice dry finish really make this brew excellent.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage sampled at O’Briens from a 1.5L Chimay challace.
A year of aging does wonders for this beer. Dark mahogany in color, creates a HUGE offwhite head. Aromatics are rich and sweet of carmelized bananas, cherries and yeast. Flavor is loaded with dark dried fruits... figs, raisins, dates, prunes and lots of caramel and a tinge of alcohol. Very full bodied on the palate, with a thick syrupy quality. Excellent dry finish with a very minor alcoholic burn. Top notch.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Holy Moses, what a beer. Great aroma, nice American/Belgian mix of flavors. Amazing how much the alcohol stands out compared to other high alcohol beers (DFH WWS?). I’m glad to hear this will be bottled in 12oz. soon. Dear Diary: It’s 1:30 in the morning and we’re cracking open a bottle of schnapps.
odddodd (2) - Superior, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
It truely is a beast. The alcohol is apparent at first but masked by a sweet prune like flavor. This is a beer I I would age. It calms down after a year or more in a cellar. Definitely buy to collect this bad boy!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 I’ve had about four sips and I’m drunk. Initial sip was REALLY strong, but I’m starting to get used to it. It has a nice ruby-orange color with a slight bit of brown. No head at all. Aroma is alcahol, alcahol, alcahol, raisin, slight bit of dark red fruit and sweet malt, and alcahol. Taste has a lot of alcahol warmth with raisin and a slight roastiness. A little chocolate, caramel, molasses, and slightly acidic cherries also. Belgian yeastiness and spiciness in the aroma and flavor. I wish it was a little sweeter. Rerate: Much better at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival.
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Reddish amber out of the bottle with a short lived tan bubbly head. Candi sugar nose with a note of sour. Lots of dark, dry fruit in this beer along with burnt caramel sugars and molassass. Syrupy mouthfeel with a strong alcohol burn. Very strong beer, but tastey none the less.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong belgian style yeast aroma, its like fruit punch thats been spiked to the point of being evil, tongue numbing pinapple feeling, the alcohol is obviously pretty noticeable, taking too big of a swig will make you think your taking a shot, beyond the insanity are delicate caramel notes and bold yeast flavors, an epic brew for sure.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautiful deep mahagony color with light tan head. Nose if big of caramel, alcohol, plummy and figgy. Biscuity. Body is rich and strong. Belgian candi sugar is quite revealing. Alcohol is very present. Finishes strong, dry with a sting.
Pailhead (6384) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Strong butter toffee and caramel aroma. Nice addition of banana bread to the nose. Pours a transparent reddish-brown with an off-white head with a yellow tint. Fair retention. Very sweet and malty. Has a little extra sweet barley wine flavor to it. Raisin, caramel, toffee, and banana bread. Light bitterness in the finish. Kind of a sweet, sticky, banana bread aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overbearing. Has a warming effect. A little sticy and syruppy. Really like this one.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i can tell this is going to be a special brew one day. its aroma and taste are both delicious, but its so damn strong its close to the point of being considered undrinkable. very enticed by the thoughts of what wil happen to bottle #2 after it gets some time to age in the cellar. but until then the beast is a bit too hot for this drinker.