dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vinous aroma of plums, honey, toffee. Appears a hazy, ruddy, orange-red with no appreciable effervescence or head. Flavor is cloyingly sweet, with an intense alcohol burn at the end, almost entirely overunning and destroying the underlying flavor of golden raisins and plums. Palate is syrupy though not as thick as I would have expected. Overall, an interesting experiment and one that I appreciate just for the sheer inventiveness of it, however not one that I would care to drink more than a snifter of.
suprchunk (2444) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toffee colored pour. Slight tan bubbles. No lacing. Caramel and date aroma. Boozy caramel taste with dark stone fruit.
60minuteman (939) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid dark opaque color. Thick aroma of figs, raisins, yeast, bread, spice and booze. Flavor is a god balance of booze and dark fruits. Tastes a little like a fire, roasted and warm. Good earthy presence as well. Alcohol does NOT feel like 18.5.
stevoj (2485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet and delicious, slightly syrupy. Dates, raisins and prunes. Tasty, sipper, enjoy
GIJOE (730) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby red, with a thin off-white head that stays long. Sparse lacing. Nose is intense boozy dried fruits and taffy. Taste is boozy and sweet, but thereís a nice bitter undercurrent that carries through to the aftertaste. Very nice, nuanced brew! Iím a fan.
tcon25 (110) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at home, thanks Andrew for shearing. dark red wine pour, smells of brandy, surprisingly smooth beer for how it smells, sharp taste of raison right off the bat with a little plum, taste barrel aged but its not, and probably would be even better if it was. but still solid.
andrewje41 (877) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pour split. Pours a ruby color with no head. Pure booze, liquor aroma. I thought this was going to be a booze bomb, but it actually ended up drinking really nicely. Smooth raisin, plum flavor. It has a little booze flavor to it, but what the hell, the ABV is higher than I can count in Spanish. This beer isnít bad. If you can get over the fact that it smells like something that removes gum off your leather seats, and just drink it, itís pretty good stuff. Iíll drink this again.
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to stem. Deep copper with bare offwhite head. A: booze, raisin, malt. T: malt, booze, citrus zest. Oddly bright.
maxwelldeux (3948) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No wonder I couldnít find this in North Carolina... Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a smallish off-white head on there. Nose is quite heavy and very fruity, with the raisins being really salient in this brew. Taste is a little sweet, but a little bready underneath. Reminds me a bit of a heavier raisin bread.
WillRunForBeer (992) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ale House. Pours mahogany with a tight beige head. Aroma is bread and raisins. Flavor is caramel, raisin, date, oak and booze. Some oak, slight vegetal towards the finish. Some booze in the finish, but itís smooth for 18.5%
Blairgus (2865) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 feb 2015, tap. Rosy/Amber, clear, no bubbles. Nose is serious alcohol, borders on harsh alcohol aroma. Winey, grape jelly, raisins, oak. Full body and mildly fizzy. Sweet malt, raisin jam, moderate alcohol. This is interesting. Itís not as harsh or bold as I expected for an 18% beer, nor is it as rich as I expected. Nice.