wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. (Batch 55) The aroma is…wow. Chocolate, brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel, coffee, prunes, plums, raisins, smoke…all rich and beautiful. Tall, frothy, creamy, tan head sits faithfully and steadily over a deep garnet body. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: damn you acidity and carbonation!!! You cost me my first 5!
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Alcohol is potent and is the initial aroma I receive when pouring. This eventually fades and develops some smoke, sherry, chocolate, grape and oak notes. Extremely complex aroma that is very pleasant but in your face and doesn't fade at all throughout the session. Awesome.
Appearance: Pours with no head whatsoever. Dark brown, rubyish color.
Flavor: Chocolately and oaky with a medicinal quality which fades rather quickly, leaving a great nutty malt flavor. No hop.
Mouthfeel: Some alcohol warmth, but its not unpleasant considering the high ABV. Very thick, chewy.
Overall: Excellent beer. It only gets better as it ages in the bottle or sits in the glass during a drinking session. It starts out in the glass with a not-so-aggressive character, then eventually its no holds barred on the olfactory senses. Definitely try this if you can, you won't be disappointed.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Batch 53. Is Adam the old crusty uncle of Arrogant Bastard? This stuff smells like brandy and ashes. The garnet color and thick pour, with suspended carbonation was fantastic. So far, one bad attribute, one good. On to the flavor...charred fruitcake. Then comes the late kick of the fire that must have charred this fruitcake. I did say I like the appearance - didn't I? This is too much of a "kitchen sink" beer for me...flambeed!
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep brown with tan head. Aroma of roast malt and dark fruit. As noted by many, the flavors are complex--roast malt, dark fruits, with enough hops to notice.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 batch 57. very fruity aroma - any dark dried fruit - fig, raisin, plum/prune. dark amber/brown at the center, amber at the edges. medium cloudiness. fizz visibly running up the sides. fluffy darkish tan head, thick lacing that leaves hanging ledges. light hop start, then roasted malt flavor. next dried fruit flavor. mellow but powerful hop finish, almost a "slow bite" like a serious hot pepper. on the way out, good hop & malt balance, then alcohol. peaty flavors kick in after more sips, burnt hops?? don't want to admit it, but I get the cigar flavor some others mentioned. highly unique, but some unwanted flavors too (ash?). had this maybe 8 years ago and didn't enjoy it as much as the others liked it then either, sorry! it's like having a port, a scotch, and a cigar in one drink.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
batch 48. all i have to say is
WOW. this is GREAT. i chose to drink mine with a cigar- as the bottle suggests. dark in color with a thick creamy brown head that lasts until the end of the glass. smell is full of figs and some cherry aroma. taste is sweet but not TOO sweet, this is such a good beer i cant imagine anything better that isnt an imperial stout or imp ipa. alcohol is well hidden and only until the end do you notice it is there. this beer smells so good its almost as good to smell it as it is to drink it. so good. NC needs to raise the limit so i could buy this on a daily basis. this will become my new session beer if the law is raised. this is fucking incredible!
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 56. I have just poured the glass and am waitng for the head to settle. The smell is overwhelming the room and it's driving me salivatingly mad. I wonder if I can get close enough to the glass to taste this without passing out from hyperventilation. Oh crap, moving closer, the smells are getting all mixed up. Let's take this slowly. A wierd whiff of rare meat. Figs, cherries, plums? Yeast, of course. Some mocha. Earth, acidity, licorice? From far away, chocolate. I swear to God, I'm actually getting all this. Everyone MUST sit in the same room for this beer and smell it for twenty minutes. This can't possibly taste as complex as it smells, but here goes. Did I mention it's a deep dark brown like a traditional porter? Not much light getting through. Wow. This beer is like the magic gum at Willy Wonka's factory. Or like Manwich. Either way, it's a meal. Bursts with fruit, leather, earth, and caramel up front. Fades to warming but bitter chocolate over the middle and ends with ashy, smoky, burnt wood flavor...dry as dust. Afterburp of mild alcohol. My God, this is amazing. Go get one. NOW. THANK YOU DREW!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty. Started out with a sweet, fruity spiciness of a nice belgian. But finished with the unmistakable flavor of coffee. Very unique, and very good!
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first impression is a strong one as the aroma is overwhelming and pleasant. Reminds me of a playground near a beach.
That said, the taste underwhelms. It gives a 'comfort zone' in the drinking but doesn't give much more. Its a full taste in the mouth and little aftertaste.
Overall, I'd say this beer is all bark and no bite.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark woody brown with a creamy tan head. Amazingly strong aroma. Hops and malt and fruit with a lingering smell of cotton candy that tickles the tip of the nose. The flavor is broad and woody. Much less sweet than the aroma would lead one to expect. There's a burnt wood flavor that clings to the roof of the mouth, while the tongue is puckered by a almost lambic-like kick. VERY unusual. Quite nice.