urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 53. Tremendously rich Old Ale. Absolutely huge tobacco and molasses malt with long rich hop bitterness. Rather reminds me of good chewing tobacco. This a big old ale, handsome, but perhaps a bit lumbering. I prefer the Fred.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #53: This beer poured a very dark brownish black color. No light is getting through this one. It didnít form much of a head, but maybe I had it a too cold or didnít pour it right. It was a light tan color and did leave some lace. The aroma was of raisins and cherry, malt and some chocolate. Interesting flavor of a smokey fruit. It has a medium body and a glossy, somewhat burnt finish. A hint of the alcohol when it goes down. A nice beer that is probably better at a warmer temp. and with some aging.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazingly complex beer loaded with all kinds of seperate flavors. Oak, plum and vanilla notes, smokey taste to it. Fairly thick beer with a nice head. My only complaint was the strong alcohol aftertaste. This got better as the beer warmed however, and with 10% abv, should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Among the elite of US beers.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 7/5/02: (Batch 52) What was lurking in the swampy browness that was íadamí, my curiosity as been building and building, my heart pounding, a circular frothy thin line surrounded the brown swamp but the middle was barren... smoke, raisons, alcohol & wine like aromas filled the air...flavor was extremely complex with sourfilled smokiness & bitter chocolate covered raisons with sour grape lingerings in the finish, alcohol present but not overbearing and the carbination was barely noticeable, warming & pretty tasty, the aftertaste is extremely delightful & dessert-like...This is a Big Beer for a Big occassion, unfortunately I drank mine for the hell of it in the middle of the summer? But hey...
8/30/02: Kalamata olives with microscopic chocolate termites and salty snails sufficating in the burning sun..YO!..imagine a raisin piercing you with metal spikes into..through..out of..your fleshy brain tissue..Owe
look at my verbose nonsense above, all trying to analyze this shit and...shit, fuck analyzing shit yo, I spend $20/day on 12 oz bottles of Adam nowadays...itís practically all I drink, and so Iím bumping up my rating to reflect reality and not what my past nerdy ass thought while overanalyzing the flavors and aromas of this shit. So, it goes from 4.1 to fuckiní 4.5 or some shit. Shit. Muthafucka
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Something about this beer was just not good. I have tried many beers but I just really didnít like this brew as much as I thought that I would. Batch 53 might be the batch to overlook if there are other choices.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Deep brown to black (garnet) colour ( a bit murky), Off-white head, which sticks around, but is very thin. Hugely malty aroma, with some citric hops as a backdrop, winey, touches of oak, some anise, the nose smelt quite acidic, fruity (raisins) and a bit of fruitcake or something, some alcohol aswell, also some chinotto (thanks pogo). First thing you notice when you take a sip is the fruity/chocolatye sweetness (yes, hugely malty), leading into some nice coffee roastiness, then quite a bitter acidic finish, Belgian style sourness in here aswell, another amazing quality of this beer. A touch winey, a touch oaky, a touch citric, a touch of spice, even a touch smokey and perhaps a bit earthy. yep its complex, the palate wasn't as round as i would have liked, but theres so much good stuff happening in here, that it didn't really take off to many marks. Satisfying bitterness to back up the sweetness. Unlike anything that i've tried, but contains so many different characteristics from different styles of beer. Funky, challenging and beautiful. Liked even better the second time. Amazing stff.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this was really something!! Never had anything quite like it. Sure didnít taste like 10% ABV. Dark and roasty & very warming without knocking you out. Balance is terrific. Excellent!
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark, complex, creamy, perfect brew for sipping in the winter in front of the fireplace. One of the best brews ever.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 48: Light smoked cheddar aroma. The ABV is not even hinted at! Great balance. Light brown head/deep brown colour. Some chocolate with late hops.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 re-rate: [2000 bottle, sampled Feb. 2004]: transparent dark caramel, complex malty aroma with dark caramel coated chocolate, nuts (peanuts) and sticky alcohol. Incredibly smooth on the tongue Ė coating bitterness that only comes with age. Dense malted finish with thick chewy plums, raisins, coffee and granulated sugar. Insanely drinkable.
Fresh: Deep garnet. Beautifully complex and unique. All sorts of things mixing together (plums, chocolate, alcohol, wood, berries) in perfect balance.