bluelunatique (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small head. First taste is like drinking a sweet brandy liqueur but definitely more alcohol.
I am now halfway through the bottle and Buckwheat honey comes to mind but it's quickly mixed with a resinous, malty flavor and a slight hop bitterness at the edges of the tongue. It is a bit complex but each sip hits generally the same (yeah I know I contradicted myself but like I said, I'm half way through the bottle so cut me some slack!) making me wonder if I shouldn't have stirred up the yeast. I might try it again and decant the beer without the sediment. Either way it is a worthy beer and worth the effort! I hope that helps.
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deyholla (6648) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber orange with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet grain, earthy fruits, a bit of Belgian yeast and some underlying alcohol. Flavor has lots of sweet grains with strong booze, a bit of earthy fruits and some light Belgian yeast.
jhamp9 (1050) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear mahogany pour with a cream head that surprisingly lasts. Result nice raisin, date, dough, and boozy aroma. Taste is very sweet dates, molasses, raisin, and caramel. Strong hot alcohol comes through as well. Alcohol numbs the palate. Thick syrupy body. Definitely a slow sipper.
Darkmagus82 (1334) - - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-13-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – Pours a murky brownish-orange color with ruby highlights seen shinning through when held to the light. Upon a vigorous pour there is a tiny white foam on top of the brew. This foam fades very fast leaving only the lightest level of lace on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the beer, a fingery foam is left sticking to the glass as the thick body of the brew slowly settles to its resting place at the bottom of the snifter.
Smell – The aroma is big and boozy with a harsh alcohol smell. Underneath the strong alcohol are fruity aromas as well as lots of caramel and a big malty backbone. The fruit aromas are big of citrus orange with some cherry as well as raisin and plum. A thick and heavy caramel and buttery toffee are mixed with a malty and lightly grainy smell. Overall it is a big and warming aroma, smelling more like a sweet barley wine then anything else.
Taste –Wow!! Massive sweetness up front with tons of caramel and a thick and pallet coating orange Dimetapp flavor. Right from the start there is a strong presence of alcohol giving it at first a more warming taste. The alcohol continues to strengthen throughout the brew getting very potent at the end. Along with the increasing boozy taste, a buttery toffee flavor hits the tongue more toward the middle and the end. A maltiness, that was lighter upfront, grows stronger more toward the middle and the end of the taste. Some grainy and grassy flavors develop at the end with the alcohol taste now very big and hot giving a harsh alcohol burn. This huge alcohol taste when mixed with the sweet fruit and sugary tastes, leaves a very mediciney flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. Not too surprising of a body for a 16 % abv brew with it giving a very mediciney like character to the beer and making this on a very slow sipper when combined with the big boozy flavor.
Overall – Thick of a hot boozy and mediciney flavor; this is a very sweet and slow sipper indeed. It is rather odd, while it has some more off characteristics like the medicine flavor and huge sweetness, somehow it goes together to make something rather palatable and somewhat enjoyable. While not one I would ever want to frequent, it is one I think that should be experienced, and one to come to every so often when you feel like something intense and hot.
Bruds (17) - - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 2014 batch. Smells great with sweet, raisins and booze. Strong booze, sweet; can taste the raisins, honey and molasses. Finishes strong
Mindwarp (53) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirty brown with a slight reddish tint, hazy with a small off white head. Has the aroma of dark fruit and a little alcohol but not as much as you would expect. Taste follows the smell but the alcohol is more out front, sweet. I feel there is a lot more going on behind the alcohol that I can’t pick out. When I get done with this bottle I will have a second, and then go to bed I think.
swesson (230) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. What a beast! This well-named ale in the belgian tradition pours a dark brown and makes millions of micro belgian-bubbles. Draws out a medium beige head and syrupy strands that flow like molasses. Smells of caramel, plum, malted barley, raisins, and booze. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and spice. Yum. Start with half a bottle and savor it like a fine cognac.
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HIGHB4LL (544) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared: 2013 vintage. Appearance: lighter than I expected, dark copper color, clear, finger of copper head, no lacing, oak, honey. Aroma: citrus, caaramel, roasted malt like crazy (smells like a brewery), floral. Palate: soft carbonation, alcoholic warming that is almost spicey, dry, oily texture. Taste: relatively coating sugary sweetness, into a medium bitterness that gets much better and bolder as the beer warms up. Overall, very complex big beer, super unique, delicious, just not very drinkable (6oz. was plenty).
Bullit (4012) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Royal Liquor, Encinitas, CA. Batch 10 (2012): 16.0% ABV. Unclear dark orange, light brownish colour with a thin beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel, raisins, dried fruits, brown sugar, slight roastiness, slight alcohol nose. Flavour is caramel malts, syrup, dried fruits, slight alcoholic, a bit spicy. Soft mouthfeeling, low carbonation. A hopped barley wine. A real sipper. Very pleasant. It has some age on it, so I guess the sweetness has mostly been gone, which seems to be a good thing. Nice to wind down with after the NL - CRC spectacle.
Lectvay (133) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2011, almost three years old. This is great. I presume some burning has abated over time. Burns a little, but balanced with the other characteristics of the beer. Really complex.
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 11 (2013) Pours clear dark ruby red color with beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, dough and alcohol. Raisin and plum flavors with some yeast. Quite boozy. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A nice sipper.