bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The biggest head I have ever seen on a beer. There was about an inch of beer in the glass, and the rest of the glass was full of foam - crazy! Very rich and flavorful, but just not so much to my personal liking. A little too strong and dirty tasting. For some reason the flavor made me keep thinking of a black plastic garbage bag.
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 54: Finally able to get this in Ohio. Pours a motor-oil dark brown, and 9/10 glass light beige foam to start out. I barely noticed the foam creeping out of the bottle in time to keep it from ending up all over the table while I was waiting for the foam in the glass to die down. That was kind of irritating. It is never good when it takes you longer to pour a beer than it does to drink it. Head took forever to dissipate. Aroma was a great blend of roasted nuts, raisin, malt, and alcohol. Flavor is an earthy concoction that doesn't even bother to try to hide the alcohol content. Very complex, with flavors of malt, fruit, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and a myriad of other things. Great beer, but the crazy foam attack needs to go.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours hazy deep brown. complex aroma of anise, dark fruit(raisins, dates, plums), slight smoke and yeast. the fruit in the flavour goes more tropical than the aroma with flavours of pineapple and mango(reminicient of fred), also chocolate, wood, roast, smoke and mild sour/bitter finish. very complex. excellent. I need to get my hands on more of this!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reminds me of a smokey and chocolaty Shamiclaus. Its appearance it muddy brown and it is very thick. Smokey, dark roasted malt aroma. Little head. Taste is very rich and dark. Slight fruit and more roasted malts. Finishes with a sweet tang in the back of your throat.
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look only of average qualities, was not promising much. Fortunatelly the flavours were not a disappointment to me. Very rich, so complex , a bit of sweet a bit of sour , bitter and slightly acidic on the end . Did I say complex?
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright auburn appearance. Alcohol, hops and some sweetish malt in the aroma. The body is sweet with malts, rounded off by some yeast. Light chocolate notes together with some raisins and other dark fruit finish off smooth with a light hoppiness. Not a bad beer, but certainly not living up to it's reputation in my opinion.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of malty goodness with alcohols wafting in to help out the olfactory senses and keep them from getting bored. dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that lasts and lasts, like the energizer bunny. so much flavor that i dont know where to start. there is a sweet taste to the alcohol and then the malt kicks in keeping the alcohol from going too crazy. lots of malt, and lots of roasted malt flavors. there is something in there at the end that tastes an awful lot like chocolate. i agree with the commercial description that this is a great beer for dessert, maybe next time :) the body is very luxurious. it is thick and full and fills the whole mouth with its joy. the alcohol definitely makes its presence known. i gotta get more of this little delight, why did i buy only one bottle, WHY????
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this "batch 54" hot dog adam exploded from the starting gate: i had to lay a serious and lingering lip lock on it, this baby spewed like horny buffalo. in spite of my best efforts at bottle sucking (in a manner i assure everyone i'm not accustomed to) i still had a sticky two napkin mess before i'd even sniffed the beer. it's "buffalo" in appearance too: a coat of thick matted brown, besotted with the lazy bobbing of liquid dust and crusts of wallow residue, plus a huge mane of soap bubble foam. this is some serious murky, chunky sludge: it looks the "before" picture in a display depicting sewage treatment. the aroma is almost as overflowing as the head, it's smoked maple and antique plow-horse leather. this is an entirely different beast than the batch 56 which had some fruit aspects, this one is practically a rauchbier. on the tongue the carbonation behaves, finally, handing over a platter of smoked vanilla poppy cakes, yielding to a wallop of bitter roots of st. john's wort soused in alcohol. a flavor so huge it flattened my tongue and knocked loose one of my back molars. mag-nif-ee-ko. the buzz is big and engenders spontaneous singing and outbursts of affection toward which ever loved-one or acquaintance is nearby. for this reason, consumption is not reccommended in proximity to mother-in-law.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet with alcohol vapors, smoky, plums/prunes, slight mustiness. Brown sugar, twizzlers, cheese rind, vanilla, chestnuts and almonds. Tan foamy lacing head over dark brown with some sediment. Vibrant carb, just on the verge of being fizzy. Body is medium velvet, and very sexy baby - Yeah! Taste hits at first with sweet alcoholic intensity followed by more mellow smoky maltiness. A light touch of chocolate rises briefly before the descent towards a light coffee bitterness and molasses finish. Clingy. A pecan/almond after with sugary remnants on the gums. A very good beer - complex and impressive. It's 10% alc and lets you know it.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Batch 47 sampled on 2/24/07: Pours with a good amount of CO2 and a nicely-lacing tan head. Has a big black cherry, earthy caramel aroma. Body starts fairly full and dark caramely sweet with a touch of cardboardy notes toward a drier finish. Definitely past its prime, but still seems to have aged fairly well (7,4,7,4,15).
Batch 61 sampled on 5/6/06: This one foamed over as soon as the cap came off. Strong acidic and lightly funky aroma combined with some aged malts. Body is very tart and has notes of brett. This is definitely infected and a drainpour to me. Lets hope it’s an isolated incident, because I really liked it the first time I had it.
Batch 48 sampled on 1/15/03: Very malty aroma with hints of plum and raisin, very reminiscent of a barleywine. The body is dark brown with very little, if any, head. Syrupy mouthfeel with even a touch of smokiness and a warming finish. The flavor is sweet and complex and gets better as it warms. This could still use some aging, but was very good. An interesting and unique style.