mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle batch number 57: so enormous and huge. i cant get a grip on this brew. a berry spicy aroma, with hints of alcohol. dark, thick, cloudy amber/.brown color. tastes like a barley wine and stout almost, with coffee and chocolate flavor along with malt. jesus this beer is so weird. different, and delish
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured. Very strange brew. Spicy and fruity aroma. Very sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Complex, but strange.
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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or, NOT the best way to open a bottle:
place in fridge and wait months to share with friend, then come home and knock off top shelf so as to watch it do aback flip to bottom shelf, hitting on cap and thereby spraying everything while staring in amazement and inaction until it’s picked up and salvaged despite wishing really to simply go to bed. Clean floo, shelves and the very many things splatter. Look at beer and incredible head and gape at thickness of what slowly comes out of bottle.
Earthy, deep, rich but not erally sweetly so as the bitterness adds a somewhat tannic quality. To have a beer when none is wanted and enjoy it this much speaks volumes. See also: not crying over spilled beer.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep oak yellow brown under a fine bubbled large lasting beige head. Big mellow molasses, earthy smokey, and grainy malt with hint of plum pudding, rum and raisins aroma. Medium bodied. Flavour is quite sweet with a dryer heavily roasted bitter malt finish. Alcohol less evident in aroma than flavour which otherwise mirrors the aroma along with added roasted malts.
Picks up extra points for being served in the Washington Beerskellar pub.
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 (2134) - 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!