Huhzubendah (3480) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a Hair of the Dog snifter.
Acquired via large trade with Mike. A lot of generosity in the beer community.
The beer is dark brown with a few random brown bubbles. There was actually a hiss upon wrestling off the screw top. The aroma is fabulous. Molasses and caramel, booze and candy, a touch of sweetness but by no means cloying. Fabulous flavor. Hype aside this beer is actually delicious. 29% abv is masked extremely well. Of course, this beer is 19 years old. So mellow and smooth. No carbonation. Like a fine after dinner cordial. Chocolate and port wine with rich molasses. Similar in some regards to Samuel Adams MMM. World class. What an experience.
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml screw top bottle. Pours a motor oil black, some bottles here and there but basically flat. Nose is sweet dark fruit, chocolate, and lots of barrel presence. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose, and even more booze with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and tobacco. Full body, flat, lingering sweetness and alcohol. Iíve had 3 bottles in the cellar for over 10 years. Decided to sampleone due to the "White Whale" stigma. Greatly over-rated. Iím glad I only spend $35.00 on the 3 bottles in 1999.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 Thanks to Mike for finally getting to try this beer. Pours a motor oil black, some bubbles here and there but basically flat. Nose is sweet dark fruit, chocolate, and lots of barrel presence. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose, and even more booze with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and tobacco. Full body, flat, lingering sweetness and alcohol. Is it "worth it"? Well, it was an honor to be able to try his beer, so for me it was. I canít believe how well this held up after almost 20 years. Good stuff!
---Rated via Iím awesome and youíre not.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured brown. Nose is booze, malt, dark fruits,hints of smoke. Flavor is rich sweet malt, hints of oxidization, hints of smoke, caramel, toffee, sticky malt.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to whoever. Dark brown pour. Nose is malty and etc. Flavor is, too. Tastes like a beer that is a good beer.
guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this right here is the mother of all EIS beers. Dark toffee, dark fruits and hot alcohol. Not as sweet as I was expecting
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, 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 (12717) - 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 (10872) - 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.