SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a good looking beer, almost no aroma, but suprisingly smooth for a beer with so much alcohol content (15.7% !!!). Not as intense as "Arrogant Bastard" but delicious.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I see I received one of the bottles the workers were screaming and swearing at the labeling equipment. Double labeled and partial backing on BOTH labels. Topaz/ruby color with a smaller lid of yellow/tan bubbles. Near eerie, moss looking lace. Initial fleshy aroma, thankfully, driven off and replaced by a pleasant berry nose, with some toffee, alcohol and caramel. Quite nice after the initial greeting. As this warm the aroma just keeps getting better. Thinner start and with some light fruit including raisins and melon. WHAM, BAM... the alcohol take center stage demanding attention. This is no aside. This is prima donna, get out of my way, on your knees, thank you sir may I have another, got me by the short hairs, look at me now, aria! After pulling myself back up to the desk, this has warmed slightly and this "beast" becomes more warming and spicy (cloves and cinnamon). But what a greeting. This is major league stuff that you must be patient with. "Hoot" as Gusler states is is damn near understated. Flavors, as it warms, range from pineapple to bubblegum, with rich caramel as a backdrop. My god! the burps actually burn. The lights are becoming dim... must.. retain.. consciousness.. to.. finish.. rating....This really is one of the funnest brews I have had in some time. The stars are bright tonight! I can't fell my tongue!!!
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This came in a cool 22oz bomber. Pours a dark amber color with a red tint, nice full head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very strong, with hints of alcohol, lots of malts, fruit. The taste is extremely strong. The strong malts are there as is the alcohol taste. At first I didn't like this at all, but then I looked again at the bottle and realized it was nearly 16% abv - allowing me to realize why alcohol was so strong in the taste. This is definately a beast of a beer, but I didn't like the flavor very much. Not very balanced in taste.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good and intense Stong Belgian ALe. Strong sweet malt, dark fruit, and alcohol flavors. Finishes bitter sweet, chewy, and dry.
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
So that you can play along with this rating you will need to do the following: strap 25 lb weights to each ankle and one to forehead. Spin a few circles for good measure. Okay, you should be ready now. As most have stated, this is very easy to drink for what it is, despite being over the top in all categories with the exception of appearance. That is taken care of after consumption of around half the bottle whereby all seems to appear mostly right with the world. I mean, with the nectar of hops and pure hyper adulterated alcohol coursing through veins what COULD be wrong? Beyond hat I feel incapable of adding much to illustrate what hasn't been already. Working on cement lined pit behind house for remaining bottle to be encapsulated for consumption in 2034. think that a rating at that point will yield much higher mark.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark belgium distilled. Very strong on everything: sweetness, alcohol, fruit flactors. Suprisingly drinkable, didn't seem like 15.7% abv. Very syrupy mouthfeel.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark copper, small tan head. Sweet bready nose with caramel and yeasty notes. Very, very sweet and syrupy. A little like carbonated maple syrup, with an offsetting bitterness. Lots of warming alcohol, with some fruity--orange, grapefruit--notes. Did I mention sweet? Might want to let this one age for a couple of decades.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my god what a beer. Reddish/brown in color iwtha frothy head (in a Duvel glass) Aromas of dates, raisen, molasses, honey, and oak. I could not taste the 15.7% alcohol. It is extremely well hidden. I'd sure like to come across another couple bottles of this stuff.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was sampled at the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival 2004 and was kindly supplied by Jcalabre..thanks man! It poured a clear reddish/brown mahogany color with a mild tannish brown head. The aroma was of slight alcohol with heavy hints of sweet malt and oak. This beer has to be one of the five most dangerous beers on earth. There is absolutely NO alcohol presence, and yet this is 15.7%...WOW! Oaken and very dry beer. Some slight hints of oilyness in the taste with a woody and slightly fruity finish. There seemed to be some hints of fruit peels and smokeyiness in mid taste. This was one hell of a dry finish here, as to be expected by that much alcohol. Very dangerous and very nice!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice amber color with nice sized tan head. This is a real Beast. Sweet sticky maltiness with sweet hop bite. I just cannot believe this is 15.7% Creamy vanilla and smoke are the flaovors I get most here. This is awesome.