duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. This is an absolute mess. Seriously, it is absolutely all over the place. Thick raisin flavour, a crude amount of hops, bruised fruit, vanilla, orangey hops. All these flavours trying to get out at the same time. What an ugly palate, absolutely all over the place. I don’t know what the brewers were thinking, they must have just chucked any ingredients on hand in this beer. But people seem to like it, which is bizarre (to me anyway). Super sweet, and almost impossible to drink. Too many ingredients spoiled this beer and bugger me its sweet.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight caramel, almost barleywine-like aroma. Hop bite throughout with a good balance of malt, caramel, and alcohol. Should age very well.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, rosy red color, good pale tannish head that fizzles down to a thin wafer right away.
Aroma, big sweetness, cherries and brandy, and big, fat booze. Medicinal and a tad bit harsh...thick with alky-hol, hot and horribly burnished.
Taste already: BAM! Massive flavor, huge, sweet fruit, and monstrous control of the palate. Tingles and tickles the tastebuds, maintains dominion over the mouth, has a clinging, cloying finish.
Damn, itís like they robbed from the vats of the Christian Brothers, really, or cribbed a few notes off of Ernie and Julie G., nearly cognac, this one, but lacks in drinkability, and the taste isnít delectable enough to make me happy all the way through this bomber.
Iíll slowly savor itís sweetness, and abide by itís booziness through the end of the evening
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtlís. Deep red amber colour with a thin tan coloured head. Dark fruit aroma but mostly alcohol. A touch of sweet fruit but mostly burning alcohol flavour. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. As it is, itís pretty good. If the alcohol settled down a bit, this would be fantastic. Thanks to Rastacouere for yet another treat.
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, malt, woody aroma, some brown bread. Appearance of brown -ruby red. Small white head . Some yeasty front, some woody element mixed with spice. Alcohol is very visible, crude low quality alcohol. Such high content made this ale hard to drink. I would suggest softening beast a bit and we would have here a winner.
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 (8220) - 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. Tiggmtlís 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 (6148) - 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 thereís 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 canít 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 youíre in for when you buy this, donít you? Itís worth trying.
MartinT (8328) - 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.