ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch 63 from big-ass bottle purchased at Zipps in Minneapolis.
I really feel that this beer is cheating.
I know for a fact that my rating is too high, but I shared the bottle with some friends I hadn’t seen in years, the night before my wedding.
Rich caramel, coffee, madagascar chocolate cut with condensed milk, dark homemade bread, pork roast. BUttery, creamy, bursting with round flavors. THis takes all the best elements of North Coast’s Rasputin Imperial, mixes them with the nonchalance of Newcastle, puts on a tux and shoves them down your throat. Smoother than Sean Connery judgiing a panty-dropping competition.
TylerGreenDC (445) - - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Aroma of leather with a hint of citrus. Tempted to say the flavor is malty, coffee stoutish, but there are enough citrusy hops to belie that. Cacao and maybe a bit of vanilla on the finish. Maybe not my favorite style &c, but obviously a terrific beer.
pepsican (1465) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 I feel bad for this rate honestly, but since this is listed as a "cellar favorite" on here, whatever. Will rerate fresh. Batch 70. This is the last of my "beer cellar" which, as I’ve found out after a decade, turns good beer into cardboard, wet dog, the bad notes of sherry and port, and not much else 99.9% of the time. Sigh. Pour amber/brown with minimal head. Licorice, raisins, cardboard, tobacco dog. Yeah. It’s all here. Flat, dead on the palate, just a wonderful beer ruined by too many years of sitting in my basement. I poured the 11 oz out in honor of all of the beer people have rotting in kitchen cabinets around the world. It makes me sad. Glad to be done with part of the beer world. On to some hoppy pales.
Lukasmh (284) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 56, 2002. Pours deep amber brown with impressing small chestnut head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, subtle smoke (more as it warms), toasty malts, some port booze. Only a bit oxidation and dust. Taste is heavy sweet and turns really toasty and dry. Raisins, caramel, burnt sugar, and subtle port wine booze. Smoky edge from the roast barley. Has nice medium carbonation, and really dry, nearly roasty finish. Really impressing for a 12y old beer.
Vestergaard (599) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2002!! Pours a very dark brown with a medium sized, light brown, oily head - surprisingly! Aroma has a whole lot going on! Sweet, dried fruits like dates, prunes and figs, slight smoke, leather, very elegant hints of roast. Taste is pretty smokey and leathery as well. Slight salt, a hint of sweetness, bitter, roasted, dry toasted finish. No way to tell that this beer is freaking 13 years old! Medium high carbonation and a full body. Very nice and complex.
Syndicate (97) - Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 88 poured into my snifter and carbonation is welcomed and appreciated. Tight biege head with good retention. Dark brown almost black brew. Aroma is figs, dark chocolate, and slight roastiness. Flavor is rich and complex with all the aromas coming to fruition with every sip. Warming is providing a more chocolate notes with slight hints of tobacco.Hair of the dog nailed this one. Bummer its my last one.
Klimaet (397) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 66, from 2002. Pours dark dark brown with a medium offwhite head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, raisins, prunes, leather, light smoke, yeast, malty caramel, light smooth alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa, raisins, strong malt, leather, yeast, port winelike notes in the alcohol, just a hint of tobacco and licorice. Sadly its slightly dusty but damn, this is good!
JDBaker11058 (1415) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark purplish brown into a snifter, with a short, creamy light tan head. Aroma: big malty aroma of syrupy dark fruits (plums, prunes, raisins, fig, cherry), cherry pipe tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, caramel, TOFFEE, wood, light smoke, YOWZER. Taste: sweet, with all of the flavors as indicated by the aroma, with the addition of a slightly funky almost Dr Pepper-like note. Finish: cleaner than I expected, with the booze remarkably well hidden and just a smooth, slow reduction of the general sweet, fruity malt notes. Notes: Very interesting ale. Big flavors, pretty rich, but with a surprisingly nuanced and even-handed palate. First exposure to this brewer, and would definitely try another offering. Batch 92. Part of Beerdvent 2014.
BMMillsy (1597) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Big thanks on this one, as it is a long time want. Finally! Batch Number 82 (whatever that means) poured 1/31/15. Pours hearty and thick dark brown, looking almost black as it settles in the glass, with a bit creamy khaki brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, some spicy hops, sweet molasses and caramel, toffee, whoah. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is chocolatey breadyness, peated malts (was not expecting that!), smokey mess mixed with sweet molasses and caramel. Lots going on here, but balanced nicely by the hops and finishes with a light crisp bitterness and light lingering sweetness. Rich body with plus carbonation, lively, yum. Lived up to expectations and included some unexpected flavors win the smokiness/peatyness.
nealblind (957) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 90. Consumed in Feb 15. Mid chestnut brown. Aroma leather smoke. Tastes smoke big malt leather.
tourette (217) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. It's all been said before about this beer. A great beer for sure but dare I say overrated? Great and complex flavors. But a bit too far on the sweet side for my tastes and the alcohol is a bit too prominent. That said, I'd drink it all the time if I could get it for 4.75 a pour where I live. Haha
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