notalush (4950) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hailsquishface for the bottle - viscous, headless, hazy amber pour - heavy aroma of spices, cherries, brown sugar, raisin, a surprising amount of floral character - thick mouthfeel, with little to no carbonation - strong sweetness up front, followed by balancing strong spiciness and warming alcohol - a lot of raisin, rum and christmas spice cake kind of flavors going on - a moderate tartness and oxidation manifest late, which serves to balance out the sweetness, but once the sweetness is stripped from the palate, the alcohol becomes much more evident - gets a little medicinal - tasty, but too strong for any hope of balance - they sure do come close, though.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep amber pour with no head. nose is caramel, toffee, chocolate, no alcohol, and sweet. sticky on the palate, caramel, toffee, raisins, and dates.
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color beer with small foamy head with minimal retention and almost no lacing. Aroma consists of deep sweet malt with some dry raisins notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with notes of dry figs and raisins. Although taste is very sweet it avoid being cloying. No discernable alcohol even thought ABV is quite significant with a full body with limited filtration and some low carbonation. Very well done and definitely something I would want to try again.
Beerman6686 (4591) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a mlight brown or red with a beige head. Aroma was of brown sugar, toasted malt, and some chocolate. Flavor was dark candy sugar, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Solid but not great.
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown. Bitter, grape skin flavor. Some yeast, which I don’t expect from the style. Also, some unpleasant alcohol flavor. Something is wrong here.
TomDecapolis (4520) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks hopdog for sharing this 2005 bottle! Pours a mostly translucent golden deep amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, very sweet, alcohol and very grainy. Flavor was earthy, caramel, toffee and nuts. Also getting a bunch of dark fruits. Alcohol is toned done in the flavor.
badgerben (4490) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SourFest II. 2007 Vintage. Dark orange color with no head. Caramel malt aroma. A somewhat bitter malt taste. Some candied oranges as well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Beeryum for sharing. Poured a clear amber with a minimal off-white head and oily legs up the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet and complex. Notes of candy, toasted malt, smokey, yeasty, and fumes of alcohol. Malty flavor with plenty of fruit. Moslty red apples. Finish is a combination of bitterness and alocohol pepper. Very warming. Medium bodied. Mouthfeel is silky and almost syrupy.
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [Tasting session @ Papsoe, 31-10-2008] Average off-white light creamy head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Hazy amber color. Aroma of rye bread, vinous, fruit. Over the palate came heavy notes of malty, alcohol, hint of what appear as mild sour fruit. Quite complex and yet the alcohol is maybe a bit to strong. Full bodied with an average carbonation and heavy heavy texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering alcoholic and malty vinous finish.
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle(2009, 13.5%)... Poured reddish/rust color with a light, khaki head. Very sweet beer with hints of malt sugars, caramel, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits. Low yeast presence with a hint of hop bitterness. I can’t believe this abv is as high as it is because it’s really masked well.