DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2 oz. sample from bottle. Rating #2200! $20 @ Palmer Place. They charged this much for a taste of Utopias, so itís a value. Big sweet smell of sherry and brandy. No foam, just a dark ruby beer that bounces off a lot of room lights. Smell now has notes of Baileyís Irish Cream. First tiny sip is a bottomless pit of brown malt. Full of alcohol fumes, but somehow not hot. Just the first two sips have left the inside of my mouth with a coating of malt and resin. Heck, itís varnish and a clear coat on top, too. Even less than an ounce worth is quite intoxicating. No one who doesnít know the story of this drink would think itís a beer. Yet itís nothing less than, say, a Krampus distilled and reduced to its barest essence. No carbonation on my tongue. Definitely more potent than an 80 proof brandy. Alcoholic to the end.
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Oak aged imperial stout pumped to an ultra strong kind of ístout liquorí by means of the Eisbock method, like nearly all those super strong, liquor-like beers (if you can still call them that). No head due to the extreme alcohol strength, colour totally black. Exceedingly dense and powerful, if not overpowering, uncompromizing aroma of liquorice, peat, ashes, coffee liqueur, sherry, smoky single malt, bitter chocolate; candied fruits mark the onset, no carbonation, extremely dense and concentrated, very viscous and oily, very profoundly malty, woody, smoky, strong roasted bitterness like the strongest black coffee, all drenched in an explicit but elegant alcohol burn not unlike whisky or gin, very warming in the throat and very long. This thing will stick with you forever. Imperial stouts, because of their heavily concentrated character, lend themselves perfectly for this treatment - I liked this a lot more than their (even stronger) Sink the Bismarck, where the icing procedure was applied to IPA. Difficult to rate due to the relative lack of comparable beers, though.
Douberd (2290) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin) Bottle 375 ml at home, corked and caged, wrapped in a brown paper bag, with a penguin and 32% drawn on it, like it was done with a marker. Poured into a Borefts taster glass. Most expensive beer Iíve bought till now.
Almost totally black, dark ruby shades when hold against the light. No head at all and even when I swirl the glass a bit, no lacing forms.
Lots of alcohol on the aroma, the first that hits the nose. Behind it aromas of vanilla, roasted malts, whiskey.
Intense alcohol burn that even made me cough a bit. Very sweet. Vanilla again, wood, whiskey, chocolate.
Full thick body, nice soft carbonation. Sticky on the palate.
Really great beer, fantastic sipper. If it wasnít that boozy it would be even better but hey, itís 32% alc, Iím not asking for miracles here.
gendv138 (1330) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Iíve had sitting in the fridge, popped just over 8 months ago. An ounce or two poured into a snifter. Dark brownish black with no head. Aromas of big booze and spirits, dark fruit, sweet and candied notes. Tastes of peat, big booze and spirits, big smoke, dark fruit. Medium-light body with a dry and warm finish. Light oily mouthfeel, still carbonation. Interesting idea but a bit extreme, a few sips is really all you need ABV aside.
Jow (2155) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big boy #3 at Craigs because heís sadistic. pours deep amber no head. nose is more whisky and not as sweet as other big brews. tastes pretty pungent of whisky, toffee, licorice, earth, and some smoke
jasonschultz (5) - - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had one of these gems in Iceland on my stag, more for the novelty. A bit overbearing but drinkable.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, very boozy, chocolate and coffee, sweet whisky, nice.
Phillies08Champs (692) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my cellar consumed at Damicoís. Pours black with no head. Nose is big boozy tones, black strap molasses, chocolate cake, grain alcohol. First sip is huge bitter sweet chocolate, burnt grain, smoke and coffe grinds. Finish is the best with a warming mulled wine flavors. Giant waste of money.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, even huger than expected. More like a whiskey/eisbock but stout yeast. Pours dark unclear rich amber brown with no head and very little carbonation. Aroma brings sweet hot booze whiskey with sweet malts, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is like sweet whiskey with big alcohol notes on a balanced body for 32 ABV, syrupy but not took much.
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very different. Tried it two different Times'. Want a bottle at home. Give it to me
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JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a bottle, I couldnít drink a full bottle and this should be sold in a nip size. Very heavy roast and some smoke, which I like, but it is very thick and the roast so burnt that it is hard to drink. Really a few sips are enough.