poisoneddwarf (1982) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Initial rating, as ’Fruet,’ 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; it’s sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8
7/24/13 rating, as ’Bois’: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. I’m really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0
3rd rating, from 7/25/15, as Sucre, 2014 vintage: at least a year old here. 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice. Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head that falls after a couple minutes into a ring and skiff of foam. Taste is sweet, boozy, coconut, dark fruits imparting some tartness, tannins. Full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Great beer, but it’s just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I don’t know if the quality has gone down, if my tastes have changed, or if I was just more in the mood for this behemoth of a beer back then when I rated it for the first time. 8,4,8,5,18=4.3
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi. Dark brown. Hue chocolate aroma with vanilla, cookies, caramel. Sweet flavor with lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nuts, cookies, some fruity note and some alcohol. Full-bodied. Great stuff.
ciocanelu (187) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, not quite black with a decent head for the high ABV. Aroma hits hard with a lot of barrel character and dark dried fruit. Taste starts with sweet malts but gets quickly replaced by a quite intense astringent tartness. It finishes with dried dark fruit notes like figs, prunes and dates. Body doesn’t feel very heavy but the alcohol is quite present and makes it a bit hard to drink. Overall it’s a very complex and interesting beer but the weird tartness in the middle taste and the intense alcohol heat keeps it away from being really great.
Alusmamuts (1073) - LATVIA - AUG 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brow with small yellow head. Intense viney aroma. Strong fruity vine taste, sweetsour with some bitterness later.
jc1762 (253) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shaker showing copper rust and sparse foam.
The nose shows intense bourbon, smoke, and vanilla.
The palate is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Strong alcohol burn on palate, bourbon and vanilla in the background. Slight Barley wine sweetness and alcohol burn on finish.
Habanero (3307) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a small off-wite head. Aroma of yeast, dried dark fruits, wood, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with some alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft to flat carbonation. An excellent Ale. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with little to no head and no lacing to speak of either. Aroma of leather, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some raisins and plums. Flavor is more of the same, with a hint of alcohol heat at the end. Excellently balanced and the alcohol heat is surprisingly well masked at 16.2% ABV.
two7offsuit (372) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours more brown than Amber. Aroma is sweet and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt and sugar with hints of vanilla and bourbon.
Bkcaldwell (24) - - JUL 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was 7 years in the making but worth the wait. Very strong. Great appearance and taste. Very smooth for something with such a high ABV. A real sipping beer that you want to share with friends. Being this strong you need to share it with friends. Lives this beer.
beertholomeus (1241) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber brown color with a thin tan head. Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, toast, leather and dark fruit aroma and flavors. Full body and modest carbonation. Bourbon and caramel finish.
Christpuncher (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is similar to stickee monkey. Strong bourbon notes, sweet, and easy to drink. Bouts deep brown with a sticky ran head. Had a Bottle pour with Kaser.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone