PhillyCraft (3071) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Pat, Dallas, and Jimmy. Thanks to james for sharing this awesome brew. Pours a murky brown color, not much head. Aromas and taste of plum wine, apple, brown sugar. Taste was the same with further notes of grape and cocoa powder. So drinkable for the 16%
jredmond (5200) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with pat, Dallas and Tom. Pours a deep purple brown body with no head. Aroma is crazy extreme raisin bread and sugary molasses. Mouthfeel is thick as hell with notes of raisin, raisin bread, sour cherry, molasses, sweet bourbon.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with James pat Vinny and tom. Dark brown pour. Really grape nose. Taste is heavy like an after dinner wine. Alcohol bite with nice dark fruit flavors. Good for the right situation.
madvike (2658) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously given to me for my birthday from BenC...thanks Ben! - Pours dark brown with red highlights and next to no head...just a couple bubbles around the ring. Nose is tons of currant--reminds me of the days of drinking Absolut Kurant in the dorms. Has a menthol component to it as well, and there’s a chocolate cake element hanging out below it all. In the end, the currant is a little too strong, too pungent, and too...um...not my thing. It’s there boldly in the taste as well, with the same menthol. The malt comes through more as well, big gooey sweetness up front, transitioning to a dry breadiness on the finish. Definitely warms the belly, though the 16.5% isn’t too noticeable otherwise. Glad I tried it, but wouldn’t seek out.
hallinghansen (1857) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Plovmand, thanks buddy. Pours mudbrown with no head. Aroma is blackcurrant, raisins, caramel quite vinous. Flavor is alcohol, blackcurrant, raisins, plums and caramel. Low and soft carbonation.
Plovmand (6301) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours almost clear dakr reddish brown with no head. The aroma is sweet cassis, sweet toasted caramel, some anise and has some vinous port like feel to it. The flavour is very sweet and quite boozy with notes of cassis and dark berries. Quite boozy finish. The aroma is good and pleasant but the booze overpowers the overall impression.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark plum color that’s completely opaque with a miniscule off-white head that lingers for a minute before disappearing. No lacing.
Sweet vinous aroma that’s bursting with currant, dark cherry, blueberry, grape and other dark berries. This is countered by a nice malt character with hints of chocolate cake, fudge and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but not overpowering and although the ABV is really high, there us little to no booze in the nose. Smells like dessert!
Medium bodied with a very prominent vinous, dark fruit flavor that’s countered by dark malt notes and boozy sweetness. Lots of sweet currant flavor along with some grape, blackberry, blueberry and other dark berries before being countered by hints of toffee and chocolate cake. Even with the maltier notes it’s still too sweet for my liking. The ABV is decently masked considering its 15% but there still a decent amount of boozy warmth throughout.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with javit before the big tasting. Pours murky tawny-garnet, no head, no lacing. Nose is tart berries; raspberries, tootsie-roll, Christmas fudge, cassis coulis, milk chocolate, brandy, tobacco. Lovely smelling stuff, is what I’m saying. Flavours of tootsie-roll, cassis, more tart fruit. Alcohol is amazingly absent considering the strength. A monumental brew!
jtclockwork (7898) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Pours purplish brown. No lacing. Nose/taste of oak chips soaked in alcohol, black currant, nuts, chocolate and caramel. Finishes with black currant followed by nutty oak chips soaked in alcohol. Medium body.
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Courtesy of Secret Summer Santa ]. Unclear medium to dark brown red colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, blackcurrant, fruity - berries, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, blackcurrant, chocolate, alcohol, sharp. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish fee lis light to moderate alcoholic.