CapFlu (4961) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(22oz bottle) Bottled on December 19, 2002. White dwarf head with a mahogany body. Nose of Apis Jadwiga mead - intense brown sugar, honey, alcohol, bourbon and iodine. Very viscous. Flavour is SO smooth, sweet. I donít know about Sam s classification of this as a Brown Ale - I truly find it amazing though! Many many thanks to our New Jersey friend, Dave aka MaiBockAddict.
Lubiere (11945) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red orange ale with a caramel coloured head, collapsing in a white dwarf as soon as critical mass is achieved. Strong alcohol and brown sugar aroma, very fruity with prunes and pineau de charente qualities...and soy sauce. Viscous bodied with an intense sweet malt, filled with honey, plums, and caramel. Complex....perfect for sipping slowly i n late autumn or winter....WOWW!!!!!A bifg thanks for Capflu for sharing, and to Maibockaddict for the trade!
hopdog (10498) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a medium copper color with a small head. Aromas and tastes of sweet malts and raisins. Sweet tasting. Some caramel and molasses. Could not detect that it was 20% alcohol! Very tasty. Thanks to egajdzis for the sample of this one (I gotta get some more of it!).
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a murky dark caramel, small off-white fizzly head that quickly settles, lively carbonation, with rather slick lacing. † Aroma is mainly alcohol, but I get whisps of dark pitted fruit. † Unlike the aroma, the flavor is quite the opposite. † Strong raison, dates, & figs on first sip. † Fairly sweet. † Alcohol is definitely present, but its rather smooth. † Very warming as it goes down. † Lordy, this is really tasty! † Iím also getting hints of vanilla and molasses. † Fantastic body with a smooth mouthfeel. † At 20.5% ABV, its very easy to put down. † Lingering dates/figs in the aftertaste. † Simply delicious! † Thanks goes out to CaptainCougar for trading this beauty!
IndianaRed (3223) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 750ml Bottle "DEC 19 2002" bottling date, poured a hazy redish amber.with no real head at all nor was there any lacing. It does however have nice legs as i gently swirl it around. An intoxicating, almost somehow erotic meadly of prunes, figs and raisons as well as apple cider toffee and caramel makes up the aroma. The alcohol cannot be missed also but is complimentary and does not get in the way. Flavor is most of the above but also a sweet woody, musty taste. Feel is soft, carbonation is lively but fine, and the high ABV gives that cold/hot burning feel of a brandy. Which is what this is more akin to than any beer Iíve had. Finish is a woody earthen flavor. A wonderfull brew that @ 15$ and 20.5%, I really should be sharing....well, maybe the next one ....
Thanks to MrFacto for this gem of a "beer"
igneous1 (1528) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"DEC 19 2002" is the date on the bottle. color is amberish, head is light beige, pretty thin and mostly not lasting. aroma is heavy on toffee and butter, raisins, surprisingly, the alcohol is fairly well hidden in the aroma (itís there, just not dominant). flavor does have strawberry notes, and is moderately sweet...there is an earthy and woodiness in the middle. mouthfeel is sticky as can be and coats the walls of your mouth. as others have stated, this bears no resemblance to raison díetre. fairly mouthnumbing, and iím really surprised at how well hidden the alcohol is. flavor is almost like a really sweet juice. there are also very slight chocolate notes in the flavor.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doughy raison nose. Raison, musk, dough and sugar in the mouth. Soft mouthfeel that gives no hint of 20% abv. Finished dry and raisony.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber color with a small off-white head. Very rich dried fruit, grape, malt and champagne-like aroma. Very sweet raisin, plum, malt, and champagne flavors. A slight alcohol burn in the finish, but not as strong as I expected. Soft feel with a wet finish. Very good! Thanks footbalm!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a small, quickly diminishing, off-white head. The aroma was full of dried fruit tones...raisins, prunes, and dates, with a noticeable alcohol character. The flavor was very sweet...waaaaaay sweet with the dried fruit tones, tons of brown sugar, some alcohol burn, but not nearly what you would expect for such a strong beer. The feel was thick and very soft...wet coating finish. Very nice interesting brew. Thanks footbalm!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sticky sweet and dry. Strong as hell and requires multiple people to drink. Delicious in small sips with is raisin flavor, but it is not in anyway a session beer.