BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle thanks to secret santa. Batch number marked on the back was "k8309". Pours with a deep brown, near black body and a tan head. Aroma of maple, nuttiness, chocolate, fudge, light brandy and coconut. Taste is odd, some chai tea, chocolate, maple, anise and bourbon like vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel a nice sipper that seems to be hitting stride as far as age/oxidation.
3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 2004 version, sampled at the Larry Bell dinner at Brickskellar. Weird beer. One of the weirdest Iíve ever had. Looks like a porter, dark brown with some burgundy red light seeping through the bottom of the glass. Peppery ginger and mint nose, almost like a bad ginger cola or something. I was not drawn to the smell at all, and the more I drank the less I liked it. The spicy mint/ginger almost resembles horseradish and wasabi at times. Has the body of an imperial stout, quite thick, low carbonation, but that doesnít make up for the mess of flavors that this beer has (I know thatís the point, but it just doesnít taste good). Has some smoked meat notes as well, with some cloying molasses on the back end.
Blind rating. 2004 bottle, batch 6714. Thick, viscous body, dark brown cola colored body. Intense nose of cardamom bread and maple syrup scented bourbon. Seedy tree bark and green cardamom, thick maple throughout, viscous, full, spicy and sage-like, some tingly pepperiness, weird, overdone chewiness. Ginger, too. Not sure whatís going on in this one. I donít really like it, seems like juniper/gin. Oxidized and stale, some cardboard, some old ale-like wateriness and staleness. Boozy nose is too much to handle.
6/4/6/3/14 = 3.3
GT2 (7691) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL 2008 ed courtesy of FlandersNed. Pours a super deep brown looking black in the glass with a healthy, one-finger tan head that has okay retneion and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma at first reminds me a lot of Gouden Carolus Easter beer (not one of my favorites); but here the nose is not overly medicinal and loaded with rotting fruits. Here the nose is dominated by prunes, raisins, licorice, cherry Twizzlers, spicy alcohol, nice complexity. I canít really name all the flavors going on here. Taste is not too medicinal, cough syrup, cloying sweetness you get with some of these types. Instead the body is wickedly rich maple, honey, maple candies. The hops here have either faded or do nothing but mask the 11% incredibly well. Numbing, coating mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Dry and bit bitter, dark chocolate in the finish reminiscent of a stout or something similar. But the body here is almost like a Christmas or Easter Belgian dark.
JorisPPattyn (7672) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours extremely viscous, nearly "lijmend" (Sacch. viscosus?); disparate foam, yellowish; opaque dark orange-brown. Very vinous nose, rich & complex; woody, blue grapes, slightly coriander, also parsley. Luscious fruit, bitterish taste, spicey and bitter chocolate. Everything which can be good in a beer. Very hoppy-bitterish palate covering malty richness. Fruity as dark plums, preserved oranges, etc. Warming up, the coriander gives some soupy connotations. Viscosity also in the mouthfeel, very thick & syrupy. Long bitterish, spicey aftertaste (black chocolate with nutmeg and coriander). No barley wine could do better than this. love it. Many thanks to J. Mallett from the brewery for bringing this to Belgium!
MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Cloying honey sweetness courted by sedate Thai basil and plentiful dried fruit...Butterscotch contributes to the oily body and is strangely overcome by green hop bitterness...A respectable alcohol burn paints the end of the tongue, as entertainment oscillates from thoughtless delirium to cultivated imagination...
A 3-year-old 2004 vintage presented tons of honeyed sweetness leaking onto alcohol heat and green hop bitterness...This is soooo sweet, it doesnít seem to have changed that much with the years...I didnít know what to make of it when I first had it, but now Iím sure this is really not my thing...
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. First of all, I cannot believe this was 11% alcohol? The pour was turbid deep brown, with a minimal off-white head. The aroma created a multitude of olfactory perceptions....malt, hops, spices, fruit, including melon and prune, cabernet, cognac, and even scotch (definitely some peaty aroma). The taste was malty, hoppy, nice mouthfeel, with a spicy, fruity, hard-spirit element at the finish. Very nice complexity. I noticed many flavors and aromas in this one.
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Coleís Christmas Tasting 2007. 2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Bill Metzger. Very very dark brown, mostly headless body. Vegetal aroma like dry vegetable soup mix, some pine needles and spruce. (7+) Sweet flavour at first but with an omnipresent bitterness that smacks you to attention, More bizarre vegetal fruit melange, sugars, tangy fruit, tiny brief honey and licorice, blink and youíll miss it hint of marmite, very slight hint at possible oxidation? Coats the tongue and lingers a long time. Smooth full palate is heavenly at times, very lightly carbonated. It is both fabulous and awful, it has some great cameos but ultimately it is just right friggin weird! Makes you want to try it again, but mostly so you can figure it all out rather than the flavour itself. Many thanks to Bill for sharing!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 2001 Bottle RAF: Aroma is dense, complex and sweet with floral hop accents. Very complex body with a good balance between the sweet caramel butterscotch flavor and bitter hoppiness. Has pleasant aged characteristics and a dry woody finish. This hides its alcohol remarkably well.
2005 bottle sampled on 5/24/08: Viscous dark copper amber with little carbonation. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and honey with some light oxidation. Mild spices throughout with a finish that has some warmth to it. A nice beer that has aged well.
Dogbrick (7054) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Bellís tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08 (2007 version): The beer is a murky dark brown color with a thin and foamy light beige head that diminishes quickly. Thin rings of lacing. Interesting aroma of resiny hops and sweet spices, plus some caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of caramel, anise, earthy malt and chocolate. The finish is moderately spiced with a mild alcohol and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 batch on tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Poured a murky iced tea brown with virtually no head. Sticky and spicy all-around.. with caramel, molasses, and brilliant spices in the nose. Spiced up and crazy in the flavor department, but I dug it... coriander, clove, and allspice on the front and middle, with molasses and light chocolate coming after... and warm alcoholley mulling spices at the finish. The high levels of sweetness and spiciness did make it a bit harder to drink the full pour of, but I suppose it carried itself as well as could be expected considering the components. Warm, boozy finish. Very solid overall.