desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 This is the 2003 batch. Pours an oily black with no head at all. Aroma of raisins and fig, with plenty of alcohol backing it up. Taste is very malty and thick, and something reminds me of chocolate covered raisins. The alcohol burns in the back of the throat, but not in a bad way. Finishes warm and sweet. Absolutely amazing. My 200th. Rerate, 2003 bottle, 09.29.05. I already said it all nearly two years ago, but WOW. So smooth, so drinkable, just plain divine.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 2001 vintage
Bottled. Thanks again to redlem for another beer! I guess this is a couple of years old now. Pours pitch black with an almost non-existent brown head. The nose is roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, and perhaps mocha. The tongue is sweet roasty bliss! Definite alcohol notes and more coffee and some dark chocolate. Finishes very smooth and with less alcohol burn than the WWS23%, obviously. Is this any better or worse than it’s brother? I would say no, but it’s defnitely as good and a little less suped up. Wonderful stuff!
Bottled. Pitch black body with a small brown head. Nose is sweetened malts, alcohol, roasted malts, brown sugar, liquor and dark chocolate. Taste is much the same except adding some coffee notes to the mix. Body is strong alcohol, but is full and sticky. Finishes with more alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, and sugary notes. A powerhouse, to be sure.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark chocolate brown, almost opaque. Minimium head with some lacing. Aroma is very alcoholic and a roasted sweetness. Taste is roasted, coffee, and sweet. Alcohol prevalent on the swallow, nice and warming. Body is smooth and oily. Wish I could get this in California.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark. As far as I can tell it lets no light through. Minimal brown head with associated minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Complex roasted malt aromas are dominate but the alcohol will not be denied its place in the show. Flavor is amazing. Sweetness and alcohol swirl about the palate producing a panoply of flavors. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and oily. The alcohol leaves a very pleasant numbness in the gums. This is one hell of a beer!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
very nice black as night color,small head that try's but fails to hang around.Sweet malty aroma with chocolate and coffee being a big part of this and the alcohol coming through loud and clear.Roasted taste with a chocolate and coffe hint and a big alcohol hit,this is a nice tasting brew but i think the alcohol kind of gets in the way of it being really decent.The after taste is roasty and chocolate and alcohol.IMO the alcohol is a bit over done and just like there 23% hard to get down without trying to force it down.Definately not a favorite of mine,but decent in it's own rite.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this one. Wow, this is really something different - and special. Label wording about the "ridiculous amount of barley" does not really clue one in to what is in store, which is a ridiculous amount of sweet, complex flavors and alcohol... and I mean that in a good way. Definitely to be sipped and savored.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Very interesting stout. Its very good. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Dark and roasty and very complex. Very strong stout. Beer that warms the body. Good Winter beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and black like used motor oil. Light brown head thins out but leaves a thin film the rest of the way. Huge sweet aroma like a barley wine. Roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins and coffee. This is like a cross between an Imperial and a Barley wine. Alcohol is noticable and warming. Leaves a bitter sting at the end. Not anything for the weak.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a dark, dark brew, topped by a medium thick, brown head that leaves the glass coated in lace. What a nice aroma. It's sweet and chocolatey with notes of coffee and alcohol in every sniff. Wow, this beer has a kick. The flavor is sweet, roasty and chocolatey with an ever so slight bitterness and a kick of alcohol. One of the best tasting beers I've had the pleasure of having. This is a thick, full bodied brew that goes down smooth and warms the body. I gotta get myself another bottle or 2 or 3...DAMN! Give me all that is left!
radiomgb (2262) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black in colour. Huge aroma of malt, dark chocolate, molasses and very roasty. Flavour is of deep roast, very malty, silky smooth, creamy, mocha, slightly sweet with just a touch of alcohol. Finishes with a massive roasty bitterness but very well balanced. Thanks redlem.