FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2006. 12 FL. OZ. Pours very brown with a hint of red and very little head that eventually disappears. No lacing either. Aromas of raisin and butterscotch. Fairly full-bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is smooth and sweet with a long finish. Although you can tell its in there, this beer hides its 13.25% well.
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Aroma of alcohol, oranges, and malt. Not overwhelming at all. Dark reddish brown that is translucent. Poured with a decent sized light tan foamy head that quickly dissipated to leave only a slight ring. Tastes of sweet alcohol with lots of warming. Also I can taste otanges and hops in the finish. Very sweet. Almost too much malt and stickiness, I don’t like the taste that much, but can appreciate some of it’s qualities. Very sticky and sweet on the palate. Not bad, not a style I love, but decent beer.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Strong alcohol presence, nice balance between the malt and bitterness. Worth trying again.
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Damn! Now we’re talking. First off I did not check the alcohol content until after I drank this. I was stunned when I saw this was 11.4%. I never even noticed since I was really blown away by how smooth, gentle, and warming this ale was. It has incredible depth and really has one of the best sweet malt tastes I have had. I feel this blows away Old Rasputin. Also, it has great smell and apperance. An excellent choice, I am extremely pleased, this was an awesome ale.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010: Aroma is fruity, boozy, some notes of leather. Pours a dark brown. Taste is malty and sweet with a strong alcohol finish. Not too bitter. Fruity yeast notes and malty sweetness dominate this one. Taste that leathery-tobacco leaf.
2011: Barely no nose. Faint fruit notes. Pours a transparent dark brown. Taste is much sweeter, much more intense. Lots of booze and heat. Notes of leather again. Much more bitter this time around. Really strong alcohol finish. Not the same roundness as the 2010, malt backbone isn’t as strongly supported.
Sparf (171) - Östersund, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinös doft som drar åt melass, soja, torkade plommon och en sötaktig honungston. Även lite kemisk schampoton förnimms.
En stor, söt smak med inslag av banan och malt. Känner också toner av belgisk jäst och aning bränt socker. Ingen humle alls.
Mahognyfärg med ett snabbt försvinnande, läskartat skum.
Riktigt bra munkänsla och en fyllighet som höjer känslan.
Precis när man sväljer ringer whiskytoner medan den korta eftersmaken är torvaktig, lätt rökig och torr med viss elegans.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Pours a deep auburn color. Smells of fermented fruit, figs, alcohol, some hops. Tastes rather sweet and fruity for such a high alcohol beer. Rather enjoyable and warming. A cloying mouthfeel that left a little burn on the tounge.
KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-Memphis. COMPLEX!!! The malt flavor/nose is almost overwhelming but the hops take over once it reaches the palate. This one should be aged. Unfortunately I have not learned the pasiance...
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thirst and desire to rule the light.
For crossing heavens a futile fight,
Bound to storm our minds wave,
Fervent to sail in deserts of mist
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is supposed to get better with age. I may never know-it’s just too good!