Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with burgundy highlights. Intense whiskey, tamari, burnt plum, and alcohol in the aroma...now that’s attention-grabbing. Thick, oily, but lively, in that Gale’s POA sort of way. Flavour brings toffee, Highland malt, more tamari, dark fruits, chocolate chip cookies. Smooth, sweet, gorgeous. As giant beers, not only does this measure up in terms of complexity but also in terms of balance and drinkability. Hot damn.
brokensail (13202) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Hair of the Dog. Somehow managed to be the 100th rating for this. Not sure that really means anything. Thanks to all the fellow dumbasses who also blew way too much money on this. Flat and black in color with no head. Big bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of soy sauce. Some notes of peat and smoke. Lots of chocolate, in fact. Decent bit of burnt sugar as well. There is a lot of peat and smoke at first, followed by big time chocolate oxidation. Caramel sweetness, some dark fruits, soy sauce, and a decent bit of booze. Chocolate covered almonds and blueberry. Pretty interesting stuff and honestly way better than I expected.
bu11zeye (12256) - 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 ¾) 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.
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body, no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, slightly smoky. Taste is much the same, but also with alcohol bitterness and finishing with an alcohol burn. While definitely noticeable, the alcohol is neither overwhelming nor unpleasant. A big, beautiful beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: clear dark brown, headless, thick viscous legs,
Aroma: rich rum soaked dark fruit aroma, alcohol shows as it breaths a while and then starts to disapate again, brown sugar sweetness,
Body: body appears big at first but the alcohol thins it out,
Flavor: hot caramel and brown sugar flavor, plenty of residual woody earthyness adds the balancing bitterness, lingering alcohol finish, touch of chocolate backed by a dark caramel character that offers a hint of sweetness, touch of licorice adds to the sweet backend,
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
daknole (10279) - 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.
mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a deep dark mahogany with no head. Aroma is decadent as hell, with dark dried fruits, toffee, molasses and alcohol. Flavour is super hot, with smoke, leather, followed by treacle toffee. The alcohol is still super hot after all these years, though as it warms, it’s actually less abrasive. It’s basically Adam on steroids. Fantastic and what a treat of a unique experience.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really can’t believe that I got a chance to try this. Many, many thanks to fredandboboflo. Deep amber brown beer with no head at all. Aroma is very rich and sweet. There is a lot going on in here... cocoa, tobacco, wood and bourbon. Cherry, molasses and a lot of sweet dried fruit. Pomegranate and date molasses wrapped around sweet honey hazelnuts and almonds. Finishes quite sweet and cocoaish with lingering date and a savoury licorice/soy character. Fairly boozy retronasally, but this isn’t really noticible in the mouth. Sort of like a rich mix of tawny port, bourbon, and barleywine. It’s hard to believe that this works nearly as well as it does. Again, many thanks for sharing such a gem of a beer.
3fourths (8596) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Sampled @ the brewery during RBSG 2004. Dark brown, light brown head. Very vinous, with sweet molasses, candy-like flavors... slightly bubbly, roasted wood everywhere. Does not resemble 29% at ALL. A bite of sweet cherries and plums with some brown sugar, warming the mouth and throat as you swallow. Really remarkable that this experience is sweet chocolate and brown sugar in the middle, and it’s not as thick as 29% would suggest. Really excellent.
Ferris (7657) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 Bottle - Vintage 1994 - Dark caramels, sark sugar, touch of toffee. Deep dark brown with no head. Sweet, charred wood, char, fish sauce and a long finish. No heat in the taste. Very nice considering the age.