NayTron (132) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle. Pours black with little head. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, licorice. Taste is sweet like a desert wine. Full bodied and thick. Flavors of sugar, caramel, spices, vanilla and some bitters with an alcohol wash. Lots of things going on in this beer as it warms. Good sipping beer, maybe two bottles in a sitting, a little sweet for my taste. Nice beer all around.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I finaly got some, HELL YHEA! Waited all year and it was worth it. I had one while opening presents. Has a sharp almost vinager smell to it. This beer came up and punches you right in the taste buds. Had citrus notes and you can really taste the alcohol. I have three left and me brother and i plan to age them for a long time.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red in color. Huge spice, anise, curry, and honeyed nose. Rich and complex with long lingering flavors of the spices and a barley wine like body with lots of hops and alcohol. Not quite sure what it is about it but I like it.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
I enjoyed them with Funk and while I was expecting something a bit more we’re cellaring these beauties for about 4 years so we’ll get back to you then.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
draft at Bell’s Eccentic Cafe Dec. 2010. Slight soy, lots of alcohol, long roasted malts, thin to no head, flavor & aroma of raisin and dried dates.
craven5000 (87) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head at all. Cloudy/dirty brown color. Thick spice aroma. Very full in mouth and syrupy. Thoughts of cough syrup and V8 came up. Challenging to drink but very easy to sip. The taste was powerful with alcohol and reminded me of non-cherry cough syrup. Very long and strong after taste.
DutchHillbilly (52) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Eccentric Ale. Taste the spices and chocolate. Touch of honey. Lots of Malt. Reddish dark with minimal head. Oily yet light. Very strong. Tastes awesome.
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big thanks to Shogokawada for this one. This beer wasnt even on my radar, I didnt really know about it actually.
On the pour it is evident that this beer is a deep, nutty red but it collects in the glass very near to black. The edges display the beer’s actual color and lack of turbidity. Not much in terms of head, but this beast is 12.1%.
Woof! The first whiff would have staggered a lesser man. The paint on the walls is beginning to peel and all the house plants have wilted. All of its sweetness reminds me of different kinds of strange, old man candies. Rum-raisin, licorice, molasses, black salt water taffy and various other depression era sweets. The alcohol is obviously pretty potent as well. Its responsible for an aerosol propellant aroma, luckily its pretty buried. There is a syrupy aroma as well. What ever Hawberries are, they are giving this beer a boysenberry/mixed berry syrup aroma. Maple becomes stronger as it warms, which really knocks this up a few notches. The latter aromas give me a craving for waffles.
I think the flavors are way too all over the place, however. A rough hoppiness teams up with abrasive alcohol and a chemically flavor. The middle sweetens up with lots of molasses, maple and berries. The end is full of licorice, bitterness, roastiness, and hoppiness with a medicinal finish.
Understandably this is a hot beer meant for sipping slowly. While I was working on reviewing the flavor I found myself sipping too quickly, now my mouth and palate are fatigued, feeling numbed. In all though, this beer finishes pretty smooth and clean, for what it is. Carbonation seems about right, especially after copious swirling and plenty of time to breath.
One cant help but to make associations between this and Batch 10,000. In some respects this is similar. They both have a lot going on at once. I prefer this over BTK though.
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really not that impressed. I had two, just to make sure i didn’t get an off glass, and sure enough, it just wasn’t fantastic. Far too sweet, and the alcohol kick was unexpected, and not particularly welcome.