Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage,very young and damn i had no idea it was 20.5 ABV.This will definately be an adventure.Nice dark amber color,small uneventful head that faded fast.The aroma was Wine like and mildly malty with a nice dried fruit hint and maybe some other fruit that i just can't identify,sofar so good the alcohol does show up in the aroma but it is sofar mild.Very sweet taste with a heavy alcohol accent,fruity and syrupy kind of heavy on the palate,and hard to down with the alcohol getting in the way,i've always had a hard time with these high ABV brews.The brew is quite phenominal and tasty but the alcohol has a definate hinderince to it.Possibly with more time it would blossom into something less harsh but at this age it's an ass kicker.Thanks to Pabobcat for this brew.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"7" bottling date? code?. Very beautiful ale with a mahogany hue. However, not much going for it. I had an undocumented sample about a year ago that had a pronounced Belgium "funk" to its palette. However, this was just a bit boozy. Either young, a year old, or nothing to recommend it.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown red color with little head. Aroma is a sweet spicy but is masked by the alcohol. There is a definate depth to this that makes it fun to drink....well that and the alcohol.... The sweetness with the complexity is a definate plus side to the flow of this beer, offsetting the strong alcohol presence.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like bourbon. Sour vinous aroma with a ton of sticky stuff (maple, brown sugar) going on. Alcohol burns the nose. Sweeeet that turns to caramel to grape then finishes roasty. Low carbonation, but you don't need much carb with this much alcohol.
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big. I think that the unusual ingredients like the raisins really shine through in the Extra vs. the Etre. Head fades completely in about 15 seconds. Pretty, deep, almost pure burnished copper color. Aroma of raisins, port wine, and sherry. This is far more along the lines of a liquor than a beer. The taste is warmly integrated alcohol, figs, raisins, dates, and some chocolate. Complex. Far better when it has warmed to room temperature. Truly wish they would offer this in a smaller bottle, or just completely give up on having any carbonation so I can cork it like a port and consume it over several days. This would be fantastic with a rich desert.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit on the strong side for me. Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Great complexity, but the alcohol comes on a bit too strong for me to really enjoy it.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the bottle that (I believe) npdempse brought to the Summer Gathering. Syrupy caramel and fluffy marshmellow. Hops attempts to breakthrough but is swarmed by big alcohol. Not as harsh due to the alcohol's bourbon barrel smoky character. I imagine the one in my closet will be better by next years gathering!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Cloudy orange color. Sweet and citrus aroma with some bourbon qualities. Oily mouthfeel, ends very sweet. A huge beer to say the least.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of caramel with oranges. Ruddy copper with a small white head. Ultra sweet, with caramel and toffee. Big flowery hop dose. Seriously warming. Hints of orange and cotton candy. Nice.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Great lace; alcohol captures your nose, your taste, your heart and maybe even your memory if topped off with wings and a Sam Adams until the wee hours. Taste more like a tripple than a brown ale.