badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I want to start out with a huge thank you to hoppymeal for trading his only other bottle of M!
Looks black or very dark brown from a distance, but when held to light has some very dark red colors to it. Excellent clarity on the beer. The head is tan colored and hangs around well leaving a decent lacing. Aroma jumps out of the glass with burnt sugar, molasses, sour cherries, mint, rum, bourbon, oak, plum, raisins, and Christmas cookies. Intense and complex smell, but everything smells so delicious. Taste is full of brown sugar, molasses, huge amount of caramel, cherries, bourbon, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full, but so damn smooth, not cloying at all. Low carbonation and full body cause this to slide over the tongue delivering deliciousness to every taste bud possible. A beautiful beer to drink, I could sip on this beer all day, but sadly I donít ever think Iíll see a bottle again.
As much as I had built this beer up in my mind after finding out everything I could about it, I didnít think it would be able to live up to what I believed it to be. Somehow, M knew my expectations and instead of breaking under the pressure, it stood strongly and proudly saying take it or leave it. Take it, I will. Simply M-mazing!
ketchepillar (987) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to hoppymeal, pepsican, badbeer, and iowaherkeye.Low carbonation. Really smooth finish. Lots of fruit. Moderately sweet. fig & currant. Nice caramel, chocolate, slight butterscotch. Plums. Finishes with lots of chocolate & caramel. Some burnt sugar.
randomgarbage (1320) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown with a nice sized tan head. Aroma has a nice bit of chocolate, raisin, cherry, plums, old pears. Flavor was up front chocolate and caramel. Lots of sweet fruits are also dominate, mainly plums and cherries. It definitely has a light amount of sherry and cardboard oxidation that isnít quite distracting yet, but I could see it getting in the way soon. A bit of bourbon, vanilla, bubblegum, and toffee round this one out. The mouthfeel and finish are damn near perfect. I always want to hate aged beer, but I canít with this. Awesome.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma was sugary chocolate, vanilla and oak. The body was medium to thick with low carbonation, which fit well. The taste was plenty of sweet chocolate with hints of port and raisins. Really good stuff.
Cletus (6177) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle cracked open to celebrate my 35th birthday. Pours dark brown with some off white bubbles around the rim of the snifter. Smells dry and oaky with some dark fruit, pepper, earthy, cognac, some molasses. Tastes of sweet malt, some vinous hints, toffee, some nuttyness, dry. Well balanced and enjoyable.
savnac (2056) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, special thanks to Tim at a BA cellar party. I thought I had missed this one and would never get the chance to try it but happened to be in the right place at the right time with some of the coolest people on the planet. Poured into a tulip at cellar temp, about 4 years old at the time of tasting. Deep brown with a tiny head that swirled around the glass like the milky way galaxy. Aroma was very complex, oak, bourbon, prunes, toffee, caramel. The taste was mostly sweet but was cut perfectly by the wood and alcohol flavors. Not syrupy like I imagined it but silky smooth with mild carbonation, age may be thinning this out to perfection. From the others in the room that have had this before, sounds like it just keeps getting better and still hasnít peaked. Maybe, if Iím lucky the beer gods will rain down blessings of ďMĒ again in the future. Some beers rate high because of their limited availability and lore but this is not one of them, to date the best beer Iíve ever had.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From my backlog dated September 6th:
22oz bomber shared by an extremely generous individual.
Dark nearly opaque pour with hardly a drop of head. Nearly devoid of carbonation. Ominous. Aromas of oloroso sherry with bits of vanilla. Deep and absorbing. Bizarre flavour. Triple, barley wine and light bourbon barrel stout all rolled into one. Wow. Finally, someone who managed to pull off integrating various attributes of very different styles of beer. Not only succeeded, but really excelled. Deep vinous character that morphed into various layers of complexity. Very nice mouthfeel that just enhanced the experience. Some additional sherry notes on the end that give away its age. Just such a unique beer with very separate and unique components that somehow manage to balance and compliment each other wonderfully.
Many thanks Jason for sharing such an elusive beer.
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Moejuck for sharing this outstanding brew! 22oz bomber pours a dark brown, opaque, with slight ruby hue in the glass. It has a very port-like nose of dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, oak gooey malts you can almost taste through your nose. The mouth feel is smooth as silk with very light carbonation. The taste is rich and buttery with molasses, a long sweet finish loaded with dark fruit and bourbon; gotta love this taste. This brew is still very drinkable with the alcohol in the stealth mode; an outstanding finish, kind of like drinking a glass of port wine. Would love to have this superb brew again some day.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, thanks to someone quite generous! Rating #3,000!
Poured damn near black with a viscous body that absorbed any semblance of head.. still and alluring. The aroma was deep and engaging, showcasing bourbon and vinous port characteristics.. treacle, vanilla, and candi sugar on the 2nd impression.. sweeter chocolates and brown sugar deeper yet.. perfectly integrated! The flavor opened with syrupy molasses, vinous notes, and bourbon backed by sweeter chocolates and candi sugar.. bourbon presence increased toward the back with vanilla, toasted oak, and peppery warmth.. finished with tobacco, lightly sour bourbon, and dry-roasted chocolates. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. rather syrupy feel overall.. sourness worked well.. near-perfect balance. Great one!!
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generously brought to one of our hotel room tastings, GABF 2007. Thanks to whoever did bring it, because it was one of the best beers I had at the fest (I think it might have been cquiroga, as usual bestowing dopeness on the collected beer geeks in his vicinity). Big sudsy taupe head. Smells like buttery vanilla with oakey oily bourbon a well-proportioned accent. Wonderful mouthfeel: silky, full, and smooth. Flavors are so full; DOPE: rich, melted Belgian chocolate is the main thing, fruity bourbon blending perfectly with the rich thick maltiness of chocolate, porty plums, and toffee. Really, this is one of the best uses of bourbon as an accent rather than a mainline that I have ever experienced. All the goodness persists in a clean, malty finish. Wow. Blessed be the dopeness that is M. I hope I get another sip during my lifetime.