Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle at the Relentless Thirst Gathering in Richmond, VA, 8.29.09. Very happy to see this one. Pours a copper tinted amber color with a thin head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus, apple, honey, oak and spicy notes. Taste has peppery spice notes up front. Caramel, peach, apple and other fruit notes along with an almost port-like quality. Medium-full bodied. Medium-full bodied. Very nice.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to hopdog for the bottle, Rating #2000!! Poured clear, fiery medium orange initially (progressively more hazy with subsequent pours).. loose dusting and larger bubbles of off-white head around the edges.
The aroma was just exquisite.. definitely a solid dose of Bordeaux influence over a sweet, supple base.. the underlying beer mellowed out considerably, leaving sweet caramel, toffee, and a delicate bouquet of light fruits (peaches, apricots, and some vinous influence).. deeper oak and Bordeaux undertones as well.. almost a sweet bourbon in there too.
The flavor begain with an array of sweet lighter fruits, sour oak, and grape skins, followed by warm caramel and toffee on the middle (accented by warm clove and other Christmas-ey spices).. warm back-end with a touch of oak and a bunch more vinous.. very long, warm, sweet and complex finish.
Warm and entirely fulfilling on the palate with great balance between sweet fruits, sour barrel influence and grapes, and alcohol warmth. This was entirely what I needed. Thank you Steve!!
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 Iíve been holding onto this one for quite a while. Pours dark orangey color with a very small white head. Smells of black currants, oak, figs leafs, and aged cherries, reminiscent of a finely aged bourbon. Tastes of caramel, cherries, sangria and too many other sensations to describe. Leathery finish. My only regret is that I do not have another bottle of this one in my cellar.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle-conditioned, obtained thanks to my newest great buddy sprinkle (the holy grail! Finally!): cloudy dark orangey amber. Minimal lacing on disappearing head. Woah that nose! This has to be one of the best smells ever. Extremely vinous and potent. The Bordeaux wood really comes through, basking its glory into an already capable beer. Iíll sound like Iím just enumerating, but this is an equilibrium, trust me, everything at the right place and everything does include a lot of things! Sharp cookie dough flavours, cinnamon powder, vanilla, maple, barley sugar, bananas, oranges, pancakes, nutmeg, pears, nuts.. lots and lots of flavours. Complexity layer over complexity layer. It somehow manages to remain diplomatic, begs to be sipped while forcing you to take your time through pure transcendence and force. WOAH! Yeast overload in mouth, this is more than doughy, itís a pure French toast. Vinous dates, sweet desserty liquor, a big liquid cake. Iíve no idea how so many flavours can be balanced, no idea. Itís almost a case of name as many flavours as you can and have fun finding them in here. Magnetic sheer polar extremes. Velvet mouthfeel, silky full body, soft carbonation, venerable in that aspect. Evolving flavors, complex, elegant, what more do you want? Decadent stuff. If a beer has ever lived up to the hype, this is it, Iíd dare even find it underrated as a matter of fact ;-) That this was possibly not the best bottle of this tasting I consider as the best Iíve been part of is an indication of how good my dreams will be in the next few days.
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, thick density of tiny/small particles. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with a strong note of raisin, lesser notes of wood, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Nice stuff, and thankfully has more to balance the sweetness than the recent standard Stille Nachts I've had (though I've heard rumors in the underworld that we will see it return to the slightly more sour style of years ago, like this Reserva is). This is almost like a blend of Scotch whisky or cognac and beer, with an enormous bucket full of raisins mixed in. Unusual beer to say the least, and somewhat difficult to rate. Not my favorite from the brewery, but very good.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1900, thanks to bu11zeye, cloudy color of grapefruit, pulpy, with foam ring, sour earthy aromas, flavors of barleywine, sour cherry, madeira, caramel, really nice BSA
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Consumed at Heeren van Liedekercke (near Brussels). This is one of the most complex beers I have tasted. It was difficult to identify the specific flavors, since the beer had mellowed over several years in the bottle. Very warming and enjoyable on a cold winter night.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Golden hue with nice creamy head and great lace. Aroma was beautiful almost a sherry like vinous character. Sweet wood nose leads to a fruity and yeasty esters. The aromatic hops shine as well. The taste is equal to the challenge. Sticky sweet with a tart acidic undertone. The fruity and bitter tones add to the complexity of this fine beer. Soft yet lively mouthfeel with a minor alcohol feel. Wow, great stuff. Get a taste if you can. Thanks Aaron for letting us share the love.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Split bottle with BrianK, (last one) at D.B.A. in NYC who would have thought! Second time thanks to Mike for sharing this!! Dark amber pour with minimal lacing/co2, this beer is 8 years old! Dark fruit plum grape and fig with sweet notes of chocolate caramel sugar and dark wine. Minimal etoh in taste and scent. WoW what a sick beer. Im not sure this beer could be better.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pale gold, nice head and lacing. Nose of plum, cherry, dry port, sweet malts. The flavor is fucking nice and balanced. Subtley sweet and salty/woody with an herbalness and fruity sweet grape taste. Finishes with some honey notes and a tasty cake on the side. Like the richness of Jadwiga. Tons of the good umami in this. I like that the clean bordeaux notes have faded into something completely different over time.