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 (3827) - 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 (7133) - 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.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #53. Fruity, malty, floral, and slightly alcoholic aroma and flavor. Dark brown/red color, but mine gave no head at all. The feel was slightly flat...needs more carbonation. Sweet finish. Interesting.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 41. Opaque dark-brown, slight head that leaves a persistent ring; very port-like. Nose wine-like, figgy, caramel, delightful though awfully strong. Flavor: what a beer to follow up the 3Fs Behemoth! Just a cacophony of flavors: smoke/charcoal, wood (elm I think), anise, mushrooms? very earthy, huge malts and not a lot of hops in this sample. Very smooth, perhaps a little thin at the very end, but a solid, wonderful, unique experience. How will I hold out on my other couple of bottles?
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Dark chocolate color with hardly enough head to speak of. Sweet bocky nose with chocolate, raisons, bread dough, and alcohol. Very bocky, creamy mouthfeel with more chocolate, rye, wet charcoal, raisons, vinious winelike malts, pepper, and spices. Finishes with a little alcohole, more winey malts, a touch of carroway, Very tastey.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark ruby body with a lingering white lacing on top. The aroma is not quite pleasant - similar to sour apples. (Batch #53). The flavor is not bad - very apple cidery and spicy. The alcohol is well-masked. Light carbonation increases its similarity to a cider.
jsquire (3757) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 41 - Deep mahagony color with no head but lots of bubbles (no head may have been due to my glass). Huge nose with a woody sweetness to it. Lots of dried fruit sweetness and oak flavors. Almost smokey. Great sipping beer.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Yeowch! Maybe I'm just not used to this beer, but it is just way too much for me. Very thick head- lots of it. There is too much flavor here for me. Sweet chocolate and malt, and fruits are OK, but is killed by the excess hops. Nice try by a small American brewery, but it is much too sweet and is too hopped up for my tase.
Reminds me of an overly sweet and hoppy version of "Old Peculier". I get the impression that I tried this too cold. Perhaps I should try it again at a higher temp. VERY smokey. TOO sweet.