Iphonephan (3649) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Vintage September 26, 2006. Pours a hazy orange brown. Fabulous aroma with muted booze and lots of raisins. Flavors of caramel, dark fruits, some vanilla, and toffee. Alchohol is quite muted, having mellowed with age. Very extraordinary.
cantankerous (9) - - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The color of a barleywine (actually maybe a little darker--like coffee strained with too few beans so a tan color shows around the sides) with almost the tepidity of a bourbon. Poured with a light ring of khaki head that went away quickly. Now there is literally no head even with an aggressive swirl of the glass (tulip). A few bubbles rising.
S: Licorice and bigtime raisin up front. Barley, malts, and vanilla in there. Mostly raisin.
T: Mouth full of raisin and booze. It almost tastes like a raisin wine aged in a bourbon barrel. Interesting. Doesnít taste like a beer, but itís good. Unique. Off-centered as the DFH people say :)
M: Full, few bubbles, actually less boozey than it should feel for 18%. Watch out for this one!
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer is russet brown, with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma brings dark fruit, caramels, sugar, alcohol, malt. The aroma is superior to the flavor. Balance among the various flavors is a bit lacking. Although the beer has mellowed out with age, alcohol presence is still formidable. Sweet and sugary, with high alcohol presence, though it doesnít necessarily feel like 18%. An interesting brew. There is no way I would drink an entire bottle of this. Two or three ounces is an appropriate serving. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-13-2011
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 edition. Served at Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012. Wow - this is a strong one. Tons of alcohol flavor, smooth sipper. Liked it.
Steve_0 (2875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV. 2007 Vintage. Appearance is hazy amber with a small off-white head. Super sweet raisins, caramel, toffee, and light sherry in the aroma. Taste is caramel, figs, toffee, raisins, and brown sugar. Sticky mouthfeel with soft carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. Not bad.
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2007.
A: Hazy brown body, thin tan head.
S: Very musky raisin aroma. light brown ale beneath.
T: Very heavy raisin, sweet brown ale beneath.
M: Medium to thick, no carbonation.
O: Interesting beer, worth trying, but donít spend too much and be ready to split it.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up at a liquor store downtown. Bottled: 03/15/07 Poured into a Great Divide Cervoise.
A: With a vigorous pour it produces a less than one finger semi-oranged head that quickly dissipates into a barely noticeable film ring. Cherry wood in color with some dark orange rind hues showing where ever the light hits the glass. No lace at all.
S: As I would have figured the nose is completely dominated by the smell of raisins and other dried dark fruits. A slight citrus pop is there with a boozy back.
T: Raisins hit you right in the face and even after all these years thereís still some intense heat. It lingers for a brief second then subsides to subtle fruit sweetness. After the drinks warms slightly there is nice toffee malt on the backend that stays with you after the drink is long gone from your mouth.
M: Very creamy and surprisingly heavy. A slight stickiness covers the tongue. Very little carbonation, but is far from flat.
O: Iíve been wanting to try this beer for a little while now and Iím glad I stumbled upon it. Iím glad the tastes and abv held up after the last four years. This is definitely a beer to try once.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-17-2011
Jmorris45 (13) - - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle pours a dark brown color with little to no head. Raisins, plums, tobacco and earth on the nose. Layers of raisin, molasses, tobacco, cocoa and prunes in the flavor. Finishes rather quick with just a touch of a warming sensation. Great beer. I wish I could get more.
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superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/29/2006(almost 6 years old). Pours extremely hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a small patch of foam. Minimal wisps of lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, toffee, prune, tobacco, earth, toast, roast, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance. No booze to speak of as well. Taste of big raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, tobacco, roast, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, caramel, tobacco, toast, roast, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance; with zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Also slightly dry surprisingly. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong ale! Huge complexity and balance of flavors; and surprisingly smooth to sip on slowly for an 18% beer. Highly enjoyable stuff.
Tide (1880) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at bar. Dark brown color, almost no head. Strong malty taste with raisins, plum, nuts, alcohol and oak. Malty finish with oak and raisins. Excellent speciality brew.