bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leather brown body with no head or lacing.
Molasses, brown sugar and alcohol in the aroma.
Very sweet. Huge malt flavors. Alcohol too but it’s almost overpowered by the sweetness.
Thick, rich and big mouthfeel. Alcohol warms you right up..
Beer has stood up well after eight years. One bottle left in the cellar.
jbruner (3534) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1994, 1995, and 1996 side by side tasting. Pours a murky brown from the bottle with little to no head or lace. Aroma of big dark fruits, burnt caramel sugar, molasses, and a hint of spice. Taste follows, a bit oxidized for sure, but the booze and yeast cover up for a lot of it. High burning booziness, thick and viscous, not real carbonation left. Decent for the age, just not what I want to drink really ever.
GRM (3500) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Olive bottle, 25 cl, 1996 vintage, best before 11.09.99, savoured on May 1st 2015; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: caramel, malt, molasses, light Madeira; mouth: caramel, malt, molasses, light Madeira, finale in malt with presence of molasses, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, silky texture; overall: nice example of a beer to age
Bouteille olive, 25 cl, millésime 1996, meilleure avant 11.09.99, savourée le 1er mai 2015; śil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : caramel, malt, mélasse, léger madčre; bouche : caramel, malt, mélasse, léger madčre, finale en malt avec présence de mélasse, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture soyeuse; en résumé : bel exemple de bičre ŕ faire vieillir
Boutip (5464) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (1996 vintage): I had tried this one before I was taking notes but glad I was able to try it again although almost 20 years later. Poured a clear dark brown color bock with a small foamy head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of Xeres, caramelized malt with light toffee notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by Xeres and port with some caramelized malt notes with light subtle toffee notes and balanced level of residual sugar. Oxidation notes are not overly noticeable. Body is about average with not much carbonation remaining. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one and wish I would have stash a couple of those in my cellar back in the days.
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Expected more. Boozy caramel aroma. Head quickly dissapates from Red Amber colour beer. Medium To full body. Taste is alcohol and Sugar caramel.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Doofgoblin (475) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Mensch! Bottle vintage 1996. Aroma is dark fruit and burnt sugar with some roast notes. Appearance is a dark faint ruby color--the bottle also has some bits of dark sediment. Taste is also dark fruit but with a tangy, fig like character that is similar to dried plums and sherry. It’s hard to believe that this is 14% as it seems to feel more like 8%. The finish is somewhat sweet with a slight hint of acid...similar to sherry. Awesome!
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"i can’t imagine drinking this with food...stronger and more overpowering than even the 14% implies. it’s good to try once or twice, but a little much. Sweet...no balance, and not a ton of complexity. either that or you just can’t taste it over the alcohol."
sa69me (10) - HUNGARY - MAY 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A világ egyik legerősebb lagersöre, az biztos: 14%. Majdhogynem fekete színe nagyon csalogató, pörkölése és karamelles beütése enyhe csokoládéízzel párosul. A magas alkoholtartalom nem tűnik fel, csak a 2.-3. üveg után, de akkor is derült égből érkezik.
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cellared 1995 bottle. Poured cloudy nut brown with some small bubbles on the glass, but no head whatsoever. Herbal aroma with some candy-sweetness. Had a touch of a medicinal note, which (combined with the cloudiness) makes me think it’s oxydized some. Body is considerably thinner than when fresh, but still notably oily. The sweetness and boozy quality that this beer had when fresh is toned down considerably. There is a lingering earthy note with an herbal flavor as well. Some of the malty sweetness remains, with a caramel note to it. There was an "off" note all-around that leads me to believe that this bottle was in the process of going bad. Have another that has been kept refrigerated almost 100% of the aging time, will try and re-rate at that time.
Budboy (13) - - JAN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich plum and fruity. Rests on the palette nicely. Good for sipping and relaxing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mcberko (11165) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250mL bottle, shared generously by fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a deep dark mahogany with minimal head. Nose brings out notes of dark dried fruits, some soy sauce, and notes of sherry. Flavour is remarkably complex, with notes of soy sauce, dried dark fruits, caramel, and candied sugar. No notes at all of oxidation, which is remarkable for a 16-17 year old beer. ABV is remarkably well-hidden as well. This has stood the test of time - excellent elegant sipper.