Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had Perkuno’s Hammer on tap and found the experience to be one of the most enjoyable I’ve had as a beer lover. So I am definitly a fan of the style. This version, however, was a let down both because I enjoy the style and because of the hype.
Because of its thinness on the palate and over the top alcohol vapor in the nose this could have passed as a liquor. There was so much alcoholic vanilla that if someone had blindfolded me and had me taste it, I might have thought it was meant for cooking, not quaffing. I tried to take small sips and let it sit in my mouth. I tried a gulp to see if I could get into it that way. Nope. Just boozy. I prefer Perkuno’s (or Synebrychoff for that matter) with less alcohol and a much bigger and stickier malt profile.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Eric. Dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Rich malty aroma with some chocolate. Palate is thin. Dry finish. Enjoyable beer.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Shared hand bottled from mid-west courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). This arrived via UPS as we were sitting around enjoying other beers. Poured a very dark black color with a small brown head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits (plums and raisins), vanilla, apples, and a little woody and smokey. Sweet. Molasses. A lot going on here.9 4 8 4 17
Retasted from Growler I acquired in a trade on BA. Aromas of vanilla, wood, raisins, prunes, light bourbon, and caramel. Tastes of stong raisins and plums, light bourbon, vanilla, some wood and coffee. On the sweet side but not cloyingly sweet. Increased the numbers a little bit. My only downside is how much $ it is per Growler!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Eric. This arrived in the middle of our wild tasting session. Hand bottled by a mid-west rater. Dark brown, tan head. Rich malty "smarties" aroma, with some apples and chocolate. Thinish malty chocolate malt palate. Plum and prune as well. Dry finish. This is a real winner.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very intense black colour. Viscous, oily consistency. This is certainly a big beer. A bit of a melting pot. I picked up vanilla, candy sugar, bubblegum, raisins, treacle, soy sauce, coffee and more. But, sorry guys, I just wasn’t as blown away by it as most of the others. It a good beer, but it was just a touch sweet for me. Admittedly, I only got a small taster and I’d like to try it again, but there’s no great likelihood of that happening any time soon. Bottle (from the growler) at DC gathering.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mapley sweet and slight barnyard on the nose, minor chocolate aftertaste and whiskey tones w/ peaches. Full bodied and very dark reddish opaque w/ blood red accents.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
smells like irish cream. tastes like..... coffee with lots o’ irish cream. smooth mocha flavors with a thick, milky palate. rating from memory sucks. this beer was fantastic... i’ll head back for it again.
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Very strong alcohol aroma with dried fruit, soy sauce, and Bailey’s. Black. Very heavy palate. Flavors of sweet malt, raisins, and alcohol. coffee. High abv very noticeable.
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of ClarkVV. Hand bottled by footbalm. Thanks guys! Pitch black. Oily, alcoholic legs run down the glass. Nose is vanilla, alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, liquor, and dark fruit. Taste is strong alcohol, thick choloate cake, molasses, light coffee, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, and fruit. HUGE taste! Almost on par with Dark Lord. Body is thick and chewy with strong alcohol warmth and a definite oiliness about it. Finishes with more warming, chocolate, vanilla extract, molassess, liquor, coffee and roasted malt. Incredible!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped ‘nip’ bottle via a growler, from the very friendly pair of Jeff & Emily: opaque & black as night, even when held directly into the afternoon sun streaming through the window. Small dark brown cream that amazingly enough develops as it breathes – fantastic this re-bottled beer can still be so alive! Strong bourbon aroma with vanilla alcohol and crisped pine. Anise-coffee flavour with plenty of smoke and burnt caramel. Oaked whiskey quality lingers on the tongue. For as overpowering as this seems to be initially, this one evens out through the finish with a nice chunks of chocolate malt and maple syrup. A winner, no doubt, thanks friends.