MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Glad to be part of a group willing to go after this one. Thanks to Diego for the leg work.
A: Pours out mostly flat looking a few bubbles manage to rise to the top from the depths of the glass. The color is brown with ruby tones when held up to the light.
S: Wonderful sweet malty aromas. Tons of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Gooey over rip raisins with hints of candied dates. There is an earthy smoke that builds with tones of tobacco, and booze.
T: There is some oxidation but nothing too bad. It does not really hurt the taste of this one. Lots of the candy malt sweetness with strong oven darkened brown sugar noted. The dark fruit is big with raisin leading the way. The booze builds from the middle with a bit of burn in the finish. There is a nice smokey quality to this one, the type you find in the finest of spirits. Subtle dark cherry and a touch of soy round things out.
M: Bold, thich, rich, and boozy. Still as hell it just lays on the tongue and coats the mouth.
D: Rather good but at this price nothing is really that drinkable. It is a real treat one I sipped on for quite a bit. A real world class brew, one I am honored to have tried.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(355ml bottle, courtesy of ĺ) Pours a brown body with excellent legs. Aroma of soy sauce (quite salty), brown sugar, caramel, raisins, molasses, and alcohol. Flavor of alcohol, toffee, caramel, raisins, and soy.
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow the holy grail of beer. A lot of work went into getting this beer, but a special thanks to Diego for the harpoon that brought THE beer to what was the best tasting I may ever attend. Rich brownish red pour. No head to speak of. Aroma of raisins, sherry, some light smoke, vanilla and rich toffee. Flavor is so bold. The vanilla and port jump out and grab you while wisps of raisins, molasses, caramel, sherry wine, brown sugar and plums dance around your taste buds. Just to try this I am humbled. It was awesome. Simply amazing. Thank you Diego.
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Whale of Whales! Thanks Alan! Pours out flat, syrupy and dark reddish brown . . . like blood draining away from the site of a sacrifice. :-P
The nose had some strong sherry and boozy tones, it definitely lets you know this is not a beer to be taken lightly. The palate reveals further alcohol heat in a brief punch, followed by phenomenal combinations of old port-like flavors: dark fruit, caramel, vanilla. Oak and tobacco follow in the back palate. Strong mouthfeel and its definitely a "sipper" as far as drinkability goes.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously saved and shared by 3/4. Thanks so much Mike. Poured reddish brown with no head. Big, big nose of brown sugar, smoke, alcohol, caramel, light soy. Flavor is supringsly smoother than the nose. It definitely drinks its 29%, but their is in incredible amount of flavor behind it unlike many of these incredibly high alcohol brews. A delicious experiment from a master brewer.
bearlybrewed (41) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light blood ruby red. Palate is smooth with raisin, prunes, and brown seared sugar, caramel, rich toffee, dark chocolate, and sweetened bourbon. Great.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hello, my name is Dave; going on 15 years now, my journey has taken me far and wide and today I showed up discreetly at Brouwerís Sour Fest courtesy of the one and only MJ; Iím sorry that my appearance turned you into a giddy two year old and caused the entire crowded noise and sour filled air of the fest to fade completely into the background; sour beers Ė who needs them anyways? even after all these years, my aromas pour out of the snifter and cover the table with a smoky concoction of vanilla, whiskey, oak, tobacco, bread and chocolate chip cookies; Iím not even sure if Iím a beer anymore with the silky, flat texture more reminiscent of a rich port or sherry; so what did you think? was I worth all the hype and disappointment of missing out at last yearís dock sale? I always knew beer karma would come around for a guy who goes by a girlís name. Prost!! your friend, Dave :)
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy hoppymeal. Thanks for the opportunity to be able to taste this rare treat. Pours a still deep brown color with legs. The aroma is sweetish and heavily malty, with some dark fruits peeking out from the ether. The taste is insanely rich and sherry-like. Caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, slight oxidation, but fantastic. Warms me down to my plums.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Northernbrews and 6 members of the RateBeer Orlando crew (Solan, Cheeseman, Skijobber, LaRoja, JMFG and myself) interrupted their Wii Bowling session to gather around the table for this event. The six glasses were cleaned and placed in a sparkling line with the bottle of Dave standing pefectly idle beside them, anticipating his grand arrival. Prior to the glorious unveiling, the flash bulbs were blasting with the onlookers attempting to grab a photographic momento of this occassion. The bottle was openened and there was complete silence. No carbonation at all, as such nonsense is merely a guise for lesser beers. The crowd yearningly watched Dave being poured with precission, without a drop spared. The flash bulbs continued to erupt as the crew stared in awe at Daveís greatness. With none of the group willing to make the first move, I reached for my glass and held it to the light. A perfectly still and viscous liquid was a garnet tinged bistre color with a complete absense of head. The aroma was as olfactory assault of bourbon whiskey, dates, figs and other dark fruits and a hint of soy sauce. The taste brought a warming sensation to the entire body, like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter morning. This warmness remained while sipping the elixer and well after. The flavors were strong and full of bourbon and alcohol, without deterring from the dark fruits and rich cherry flavors. The silence of the group remained, with no more than a few accepting nods of appreciation and moans of savory extasy. Without a word being spoken, the consensus was that we had finally made it.
Thanks to the generousity of Hoppymeal for this. A once-in-a-lifetime brew isnít shared like this very often. Thank you.
A second thanks to Northernbrews for supplying everything else to make sharing this brew with friends something that I will always remember.
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First I need to thank hoppymeal (Derek) for the incredibly generous gift for me and the Orlando crew. He said that he thought we would enjoy it more than he would trying it again. Iíve been on the receiving end from many generous guys on here, but this one will be tough to top........
After admiring and staring at this bottle for about a half hour, we finally poured some in our tasting glasses.......
Pours a clear dark brown with hints of red and orange around the edges. No head as expected and nice legs on the glass........
Aroma is an awesome mix of sherry, bourbon, dark fruit, slight alcohol and oxidation......
Tastes somewhat follows suit w/ a little less of the dark fruit and slight alchol burn.....
Pretty thick for being so strong. Flavors hang for quite a bit which was expected.....
Overall this was worth the hype and if I ever have the chance to get another bottle, Iíll share it with close friends just like my good friend Derek did. Awesome stuff.