jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Cole’s 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 you’ll 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!
JorisPPattyn (8434) - Ursel, 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!
deyholla (8117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled the 2008 version at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a yellow brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had lots of roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of underlying sweet spice. Flavor was sweet with a bit of caramel then growing roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of chocolate and spice.
DuffMan (7998) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks! Hearty dark brown pour with a low dense creamy tan cap. Aroma is full of burnt sugar sweetness with hints of spices. Rich with sweet malts, with flavours of birch syrup, molasses, raisins, dried figs. Sweet but not cloying, complexity becomes more apparent as time passes. Intriguing and richly malty-- loved it.
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from alexdad in the mystery swap. Bottle is from batch 8877. Pours a rich brown with a medium sized creamy mocha head that. Light hints of smoke, maple, toast and toffee, root beer. Medium bodied and super sweet. Tons of syrup, sweet fruit, root beer, dark roasty flavors. A big pile of flavors going on here. Really interesting. Finishes with more sweet toast and dark fruit, root beer, roast, and a big warming alcohol note that hits quickly but then vanishes into subtle chocolate and vanilla.
BMan1113VR (7904) - 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.
phaleslu (7543) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with footbalm- thanks again, Eric! 2008 vintage. I live in Ohio and haven’t seen this on shelves, but go figure I get hooked up from Utah. Pours a dark, opaque brown, but not with the blackness of an impy stout, and a small tan head. Notes of maple syrup, honey, herbs, flowers, berry fruits (prunes, cherries, blackberries), licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, and toast. Very, very sweet, and I like it. I’m not sure what elderflowers, birch syrup, or juniper berries taste like, but I guess they’re all in here- many brands of sweetness present. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. 10.1% alcohol is entirely hidden. Awesome beer if you can handle something this sweet.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tbd975. The 2005 vintage brew poured deep clear amber with tan head. The aroma is sweetness with a mild level of ripe cherries then a descent load of caramel, some mint leaves, earthiness, herbal, a bit of pine, berries, ginger and rosemary. Wow. The aromatics are all smooth and blended creating an inviting-enticing nose. The taste starts sweet turning caramel candy and seems to turn berry-cherry sweet. Some of the herbal spice notes noticed in the nose are there too but more subdued. I get pine mixing with ginger, mint and a hint of rosemary. The taste is as smooth and blended and delicious as the nose led onto. Very nice.
Ughsmash (7364) - 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.
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[981-20071215] 12floz (Vintage 2006; Holiday Tasting 2007 @ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY). Black cherry and dark vanilla malt aroma has a hint of meat. Dark brown red body with quick off-white bubbles. Nice dark rich malt flavour has sweet meady light chocolate notes and a bit of flowery toasted popcorn in the background. Medium-full body is thick and dry. Rather unique, interesting to try.