Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, green wax dipped. Brewed 25-02-2009, bottled 10-04-2009, and consumed on 14-01-2010. Bottle #740 of 1134 for this batch. Opening with so much as a his, the body pours basically flat, with no head. Colored a deep reddish amber, the liquid looks quite dense in the glass, but surprisingly leaves little sheeting or legging. The aroma shows notes of plums, figs, dates, and caramel, with hints of dessert bread and some dusty, faded, orangey hops. Bready, doughy yeast and heavy vanilla lend a weighty, sugary feel to the nose. Flavors are incredibly sweet, obviously loaded with the aforementioned malty notes of figs, raisins, dates, and heavy, heavy caramel sugar. A slight hint of tart cherry enters the fold, perhaps a nod from the cognac, though vanilla seemingly shoves everything out of the way to take center stage. A dash of oily citrus ring brings in a bright hop note, but make no mistake, even at 62 EBUs this one remains a massive malt bomb. Sugary, almost syrupy on the tongue, the body just seems to drag, lacking grace. An oxidized, sherry-like warmth comes through at the very last second. Alcohol is well hidden by all the massive, fruity sugars, but thatís not necessarily a good thing as itís the sweetness that is the primary detractor here. I was not impressed in the least.
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere. Slightly hazy reddish brown color. Thick, sweet berryish aroma with cognac, dark sugar, licorice, vanilla, oak, red wine and toffee. Sweet oaky and berryish flavor with caramel, toffee and cognac. Thick smooth palate. Firm oakiness but not overboard. Nice complex aroma.
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle. Clear amber with some bubbles around the edge. Nose is honey, vanilla, plum brandy and grassy alcohol. Smooth medium body; sticky with a trace of carb. Taste is very sweet caramel, apple and honey; quite like a mead. Cognac adds some complexity but doesnít dominate. Finishes with melon and citrus peel.
Borresteijn (5418) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl Bottle from Bertís Bierhuis. Slightly hazy nutty amber colour, no head. Aroma of full on very sweet malts and lots of fruits like prunes, white raisins, alcohol. Flavour is very sweet, too sweet imo, very fruity and malty, light cognac feel in the finish, but Iíd like that to be more pronounced. Fullbodied, but no carbonation at all, and I strongly dislike that, a beer should have at least some bubbles imo. Itís also way too sweet for my liking. Itís a well-crafted brew, but just not for me.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured hazy amber, sweet white grapes, caramel malts, wood, vanilla, little nutty, slight licorice.
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 33cl 416/1134, bottled 10.4.2009
Dark amber-brown color, tiny white head. Sticky sweet aroma: molasses, prune, fig, grapes. Full-bodied. Very sticky, very sweet, very liquerish. Vanilla, oak, sugar, fark fruits in the flavor. Sweetness is covering the alcohol totally. Dessert beer. 33cl is too much!
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shiny copper color with no head - just some disparate airy bubbles that quickly fades away.
Raisins, lots of cognac, rum-soaked fruits (plums) in the nose. Actually, hereís quite a lot of fruits. Malty aromas of caramel. Quite a lot of alcohol as well, but the alcohol is nicely integrated and is reminiscent of fine spirits. Although the smell seems slightly muted due to the obvious lack of carbonation, itís still very impressive and powerful.
The taste is malty and very sweet. Lots of fruit here as well (grapes, plums, apples, raisins), but the fruity aromas are not as liqueur-like as in the smell. Notes of cognac, nuts, caramel and fudge. A hint of oak. Perhaps I pick up a hint of vanilla. The taste is not overly powerful, but very nice. The finish is mildly bitter with some leafy and spicy hop notes (more than expected), quite a lot of alcohol and lingering cognac flavors. The alcohol is impressively well hidden.
Full-bodied with a fat and chewy texture. No carbonation at all.
D: A very delightful and potent beer. Balanced. But some carbonation would have been nice. Definitely recommended.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle#0733. Hazy amber with no head. Big pit fruit, toasted oak, brandy, spicy aromas. Medium body with little carbonation. Big candi sugar sweet flavors with vanilla, brown sugar, mild brandy and oak. Very little bitterness,booze is well hidden. Thanks Ken for this bottle.
trapez (1537) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich aroma with plums, grapes. nuts. oak and portwine. Deep redbown colour with no head. Very sweet flavour which ends up like portwine and wood. Surprisingly low bitterness despite high IBU 62.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #922/1134. Pours translucent copper, with no head. Intense, fairly sweet head, with notes of caramel, peat, brandy, dark fruit and wood. Flavor is sweet as well, with caramel, raisin, brown sugar, peat, wood, honey, and tobacco. Smooth with little carbonation. Finishes with brandy and some alcohol. This is a great sipper.