frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a murky reddish-brown beneath a faint, soap-sudsy, tan head. Aroma is spiced chocolate and dark fruit, grape, raisin, licorice, rum, pepper, lemon zest, yes... there is a lot of complexity in there, but it all seems to make sense. That is until I take a sip. Now I find the taste of ashen malts (ie: burnt & dirty) alongside pungent citrics (mostly grapefruit and rinds) with a raw splash of alcohol. Citrus and dark fruit linger. Body cloys like whole milk.
Some might say, "Why use 100 malts and 60 hops when one could achieve a better result with less?" I wanted my answer to be, "Well, what fun would THAT be if it WORKS?" But I may have to agree. Itís one thing to experiment with a wide range of ingredients... throw all good things into a pot and cross your fingers. Iíve done it myself (cooking, not brewing) with varied success. But if you do this with a beer and arrive at an aroma aspect which totally works while the flavor falls excruciatingly short, the overall result is still a failure. Which is a shame, when this bold experiment was intended to be the swan-song of a series. Batch 10,000, I dub thee, "Icarus." ~~~~~~~~~~ 12 oz. bottle thanks to my sister-in-law Jennie.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank this and decided what I thought of it before I read the commercial description and details about it. Like a few other beers Iíve had that had massive numbers of hops and malts go into it, I continue to believe that this is a really unnecessary brewing: there is no way that each addition contributes to the beer...declining marginal returns. Not that this isnít a good beer, because it is. Itís a mash-up--I concluded before I read the details--having characteristics along both the malts and hops dimensions...rich chocolate like a stout, big hops like a DIPA. The alcohol is controlled and it is very drinkable. But it is still a mashup, the epitome of beer characteristics but not any definable style, except the rather generic "strong ale". A good drink. Bottle.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle thanks to drfabulous. Pours clear dark brown with khaki head. Aroma: old barley wine. Raisin, plum, chocolate, stale hops, smoke, caramel. Something a little synthetic I canít quite place. Taste: moderately sweet, lasting finish. Full body, slick and coating texture.
swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at Alís of Hamden, Enola, PA. agressive beer. chocolate, malted milk balls, roasted malts are very assertive. agressive bitterness. Seemed bigger than 9.2%. Big agressive strong ale
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ah yes, the "kitchen sink" brew. i had this a while ago soon after it was released but apparently never rated it until now - itís a dark amber-brown brew with light carbonation and a huge complicated aroma. sticky hops, sticky molassees and a bit of alcohol heat. individual flavors are hard to discern thanks to the sheer multitude of ingredients, but itís enjoyable and a special treat, even a few years after its release.
BOSSbrewer (1240) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours an opaque brown. Malty and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very nice slightly roasty.
b3shine (4209) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; a slightly translucent dark mahogany with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells smwwet and malty with heavy notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.
drsordr (836) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vertical tasting provided by alexsdad06, 8000, 9000, 10000, and goes to 11. Bottle pour deep ruby. Nose dank hop some pine, sweet malt. Taste some sharp bitter up front. Vague sweet mid and late. not much else. probably better fresh.
demmbonz (436) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz to snifter courtesy of cpetrone. Sweet sugary malt aroma. Dark Brown. Minimal head. Lots of everything and not much of anything. Hops and malt. The kitchen sink. Fun. Good.
MrHangover (2071) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thnx to a great trader whoís name I lost together with my notes.. Pours a dark brown beer with a small, off white head on top, that settles quickly into a small ring. Aroma is complex, touches of caramel, licorice, vanilla, rye and has an earthy dry hoppiness to it. Loads of other aspects as well, but all on the sweeter side of the aroma-palate. Flavor is also quite sweet with big malty touches. Caramel and licorice-like influences shine trough the most, alongside some dried nuttyness and a touch of chocolate. Slight bitter aftertaste, short lasting. Guess this bottle is from 2010, so itís over 3 years old when drank. Aged well, but has become a bit thin I guess. Alcohol has mellowed out completely, no burn whatsoever. Some alcohol is noticeable in the flavor, but certainly not disturbing. Very nice beer.
abemorsten (2430) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Misty deep mahogany orange body with a light brown smal head. Sweet toasted vanilla nose. Barrel, sweet toasted tobacco, and a fruity bitterness to balance. Full bodied., Smooth.