wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours red. Notes of sweet raspberries, alcohol. Flavor is raspberries, booze, sweet malts, and up front cough syrup and medicinally. Slick and oily smooth. Not even close to anything good.
mcberko (13227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Vintage 2007. 6.3 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours a purplish dark mahogany with zero head. Nose is pleasantly tart with loads of the black currant showing off, some brown sugar and maybe a bit of syrup, though it’s mostly black currant. Flavour is brutally boozy and cloyingly sweet, with loads of thick, syrupy black currant, cloyingly sweet jam, loads of alcohol and lots of brown sugar. Again, brutally boozy and intensely sweet. At first, I wasn’t sure whether to think this was a fun extreme beer or an uber-gross mess of a boozy sweet bomb. The more I drank, the more it became obvious it was the latter. Nasty stuff.
umich03jm (3412) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle. Pours a very dark amber color with a small head that quickly fades. Huge berry and fruit aroma. Blackberries, raspberries, pineapple, and lots of other tropical and red fruit. Taste is amazing. Lots of sweetness but the alcohol helps to mellow it. Slight alcohol burn in the finish but very smooth. Thick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel is perfect. I sipped this small bottle for two hours. More fruitness comes out as it warms. Just great.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old bottle, but not sure how old. Poured almost still, very deep, garnet-tinted brown.. this actually had some legs to it. The aroma picked up lots and lots of thick, syrupy currants over smoked black malts, chocolate, and licorice.. peppery alcohol burned the back of the nostrils a little.. this was huge, and I enjoyed it. The flavor kept the hugeness going.. jammy black currants throughout, with more of the smoked black malts and licorice supporting.. black pepper, blackberry seeds, and more currants around.. finished with tart currants, a touch of smoke, and peppery alcohol.. majorly belly-warming. Medium-plus bodied and syrupy on the palate with low carbonation.. nicely tangy.. considering the ABV, it held the boozage in check.. overall an excellent brew!
madmitch76 (21503) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
20th November 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Resonant blackcurrant nose. Slight dry palate. Rich blackcurrant immediately demands attention. A dry almost Port Wine like mid. Imagine a good vintage Port Wine with just the blackcurrant flavours extracted and that describes this beer well. Pretty one dimensional but it’s dimension is robust! Fresh blackcurrant,spirity blackcurrant, blackcurrant liquer! Unique beer. It’s blackcurrant by the way!
MeadMe (1600) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ibrew2or3. Pours rich murky brown. Aromas of toffee and dark fruit. Flavor is rich sweet and deep. Loads of raisin and plum. Toffe, caramel, and brown sugar as well. Wonderful sweet treat.
PhillyCraft (5469) - 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 (7305) - New York, 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 (636) - 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 (3191) - 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.