beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle this pours a clear copper with a fast falling white head. From the start this pours like a slighly carbonated sherry. Very heavy sweet caramelized malts throughout, hints of dark fruit and lots of alcohol showing, but not what i expected for twenty percent. This was a very smooth sipping brew, probably should be served in a smaller bottle, cause having a couple ounces in a snifter might more managable then 750ml.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this to Noog! Bottle, Nice dark colored pour - examined that from someone elses glass since my pour was into a coffee mug. Huge raisiny rummy sweet aroma and flavor. Some peppery notes, tho I couldnt tell at this point if it was spices or alcohol or both. Fairly thick and syrupy, and very warming. But for 20%, I thought the alcohol was well hidden.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in the hotel room at the Nooga. Hard to believe that the abv was that high. A dark amber colored body. The aroma is simple with raisins and cinnamon. The taste is raisins, cinnamon and toast. Interesting for an experiment. Certainly not worth the price. You had better like raisins.
Tmoney99 (13334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber with small head. Complex aroma of roasted malt and sweet tone. Medium body with creamy texture . Sweet medium flavor with alcohol bite at finish. Complex good brew.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Raisins, marzipan and plums in the alcoholic aroma. Clear copper brown with thin, white, fully-diminishing head. Marzipan sweetness, bready malts and strong dark fruitiness are cut by alcohol flavours. Strong hops are almost overwhelmed by the alcohol and fruiy esters. Syrupy in the mouth with low carbonation and strong alcohol warming. While not altogether unpleasant, this comes across more like a pumped up alcopop or a watered down liqueur. Bottle sampled at the Ratebeer Mondial Gathering 2005.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the Captain for sharing this one at about 2am. Pours a clear amber, no head. Aroma of sour apple, caramel, and nuts. Flavor is syrupy, almost like a brandy or cognac. Lots of flavors with alcohol burning to sum it up. A huge beer! I’d love to taste this in 10 years!
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy amber body with almost no head. Aroma of caramel and alcohol, the alcohol is dominating, boozey even. Flavor of malt and caramel with strong, boozey alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, flat carbonation. ClarkW said that this beer should be renamed Raison d’Alcohol and he’s damn right.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur ambrée foncée, très peu de mousse (!). Raisins secs, dattes, figues et une tonne d’alcool parmi une signature de levure très marquée. Une remarquable touche fruitée est aussi présente en aromes réminiscente d’abricots et de pêches prend tantôt un aspect beaucoup plus organique, rappellent la terre et les feuilles mortes automnal. Donne finalement vraiment l’impression d’être une liqueur forte avec ses effluves de Brandy et d’alcool. Pleinement alcoolique en bouche, anisé, liquoreux malgré la présence du malt.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. copper-amberish coloured body. aroma is very sweet and malty. Just at the first whiff you can detect a whole lot of alcohol and then you taste it and it’s just over the top. There is some other stuff going on in there but I felt that the alcohol was just too prominent and I couldn’t really get into it. Some sweet fruity flavour and a burning alcoholic finish. meh.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 2002 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Medium fizzy tan head quickly diminishes. Reddish amber brown in the glass, transluscent and glowing. Brown sugar, golden raisin, a bit of banana and cookie in the smell, along with alcohol notes that smell "spicy," whatever that means; it just came to mind. Medium to full bodied. Warming alcohol is obviously present but not dominant, which was good. Deep plum flavor with a texture that seemed "powdery" like a malted milk ball (I’m guessing that’s due to the carbonation and that fact that it has a vague notion of malted milk taste), kind of like Ovaltine without the chocolate. Golden raisin flavors as well, with coffee roast grounds in the beginning of the finish. A bit acrid and over-ripe at the end of the finish, which brought the score down. Overall, it was nicely complex and smooth for the size, although you are always aware of that size.