yourilevesque (219) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small bottle shared with a friend of mine last night. The beer is good looking - served in a scotch sniffer and the glass suited it well. It really looked like an old scottish single malt! Aromas are dried fruits such as plums, dates and raisins. Big load of alcohol in the nose. The mouthfeel is agressive: lots of acidity and alcohol but maybe the beer was just way too young to be enjoyed at it’s full potential. Body was narow and that was pretty much what we got from it. Could have been a bad bottle too.
John25 (955) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Bright Amber ruby. Big dark fruit - raisin aroma and booze. The taste adds toffee and vanilla. The feel is warm booze all the way with a very long finish. Very well crafted, warm but not overpowering alcohol, very smooth and rich but light too. I’m blown away. Damn good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
knickskicks (854) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red pour. Boozy malty nose. Boozy taste, caramel, some vanilla. Not as boozy as I expected. Still not all that complex.
berkshirejohn (5016) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Orchard Fresh, Orchard Park, NY. A rather hazy copper pour with a trace of translucent head; aroma of sowsed raisins; richy, sweet, vinous raisin taste; with soft and subtle alcohol making this a warming and extremely pleasant drink. The appearance lets down an otherwise excellent Strong Ale.
Patrickctenchi (4582) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly clear, dark amber-brown with a small beige head.
Raisin and mild spray paint aroma.
Taste is sweet, raisins, toffee malt, fruit syrup.
Sticky....amazingly sedate alcohol prescence....beautifully crafted and excellently done.
Luvystypotables (965) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intense aroma of grapes, fruit, alcohol with a hint of malt. Cloudy copper color without much head or carbonation. Smooth taste of grapes, medium body with a sweet alcohol finish.
Scouser (293) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep red mahogany with beige lacing and no head. Aroma of gardenia and alcohol. Raisin, caramel, and alcohol taste. Not a bad winter beer, maybe better after cellaring.
ElCapitan22 (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice reddish mahogany color with nice lacing and creamy head. Smells of alcohol and is quite floral, gardenia to be specific. Tastes smooth and buttery and of raisins. A very nice beer.
KornDogg (548) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Candied malt, chocolate raisin aroma. Dark brown black, slight amber body with thin lasting head. Flavor begins with heavy plum quickly followed by chocolatey malts. Bitter chocolate finish.
UXO (697) - CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky medium brown with a short, short-lived light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Nose is boozy raisins and other dark fruit, hot alcohol. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitterness, strong alcohol. (8/10) Full body, low carbonation, slick and boozy finish. (4/5)
A bit… “enthusiastic”. Might benefit from some cellaring to blend and mellow the flavours and the still-moderate harshness of the very high ABV. Sweet without being cloying, and with an interesting richness and depth of flavour. Not without its attractions, and very drinkable, but a bit of a velvet-covered hammer to the head. (15/20)