3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled from bottle multiple times over a three day period. of course it has no head and no carbonation, and color was affected by a small amount of sediment mixed in while carrying the bottle around, ending up less than what I would call cloudy or muddy. I kept coming back to the description of this as something like port beer: 20% alcohol, best served as a dessert drink, but not over sweet or too high in alcohol for it’s body. the nose contains everything from vanillin and oak (surprised as this is un-oaked), sherry, port wine and cognac but with less of the strong grape/plum/fruit chracter and more of a caramel, vanilla and nougat character. warming, tingling alcohol is never overbearing compared to the sweetness (which is medium to medium-high) and body (viscous, thick, sticky, but not cloying or fatiguing). burnt nuts show up at times, and the wood/oak barrel/vanillin character is more muted on the second day. I found this bottle on random travels through Wyoming, of all places, and I’m glad to have brought it along to Denmark to share with so many people, and to try multiple times in different settings. I think day two was probably the best shape for this beer after having some time to breathe. More enjoyable than Utopias, and *much* more enjoytable than Tripel Bock.
Camons (4520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, courtesy of 3Fourths, Thanks! Pours hazy brown, no head. Aroma of big malts, caramel, oak, vanilla, port, light booze. Taste is sweet big malts, caramel, some dried fruit, oak, vanilla, dried fruit, port. Medium body, soft carbonation. 110512
Travlr (9869) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of 3fourths, thank you sir! Murky maroon brown color. Aroma of sherry and maple syrup. Taste is cloying sweetness. Thank you Michael!
grunx (367) - - MAY 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A cata a cegues diria que es una garnatxa envellida de postres. Molt fina, aromàtica, notes d’envelliment. Gran cervesa. Però la trobo molt cara. Per molt menys em compro una de les millors garnatches dolces del món.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to 3fourths. Tawny, muddy mahogany pour with good highlights. No head. Rich port nose with powerful sherry and honey. Rich English Barleywine flavors similar to JW Lees Port or Sherry. Sharper brown alcohol. Rich and powerful. Nice powerful tawny oil and rich port and honey. Sweeter English Barleywine. Thanks MJ!
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Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Intermission" beer at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!
Longtime want served in a Samuel Adams taster glass.
Pours a clear copper-dark brown color with no head, lacing, or anything of that sort, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that. The color is nice enough to warrant a 4.0.
The nose is super-intense and brings notes of brown sugar and caramel with a bit of toffee underneath. There’s some maple coming to the front as it warms plus a fairly-heavy dose of sherry. Vanilla lingers in the background and carries through with the ample into the flavor.
Flavor consists mostly of the aforementioned vanilla and maple over a backdrop of sherry and port notes of oxidized malt plus heavy caramelized brown sugar. Flavor lasts across the palate for awhile before a bit of alcohol sets in.
Moderate-to-strong sweetness through the finish, which is very smooth, almost creamy and oily in how smooth it is without much carbonation and a very low amount of noticeable alcohol.
Overall, this is incredible smooth and I was thrilled to finally try it. Big thanks again to Brad for bringing this bottle out.
TURDFERGUSON (3753) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by frumptydumpty on new years eve 2011. Thanks Ryan. After struggling to get out the cork and finally just pushing a large piece of it into the bottle so we could get to this super hyped beer. Ryan initially poured this into shot glasses to share with the masses but the only people who had any real interest in this treasure were me, ryan, ryan’s bro, and paul, the owner of duck rabbit so we ended up with a lot leftover including a 12 oz plastic cup full that ryan showed me the next morning. quite the wounded soldier. anyway. this beer was good, but a few of the top beers in this style (mainly thinking of M and Dave), this one seemed somewhat underwhelming. Big nose, lots of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, umami, toffee, port, sherry. Interesting stuff but Ryan’s beers that he made at Fano were much better to me.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle number 503/3000, with a big thanks to Adam. Pours a tawny brown with a slight amount of bubbles hanging out around the edges of the glass. Caramel, toffee, syrupy bourbon, and a whole heap of umami. Reminiscent of the very old koshu we had at RBSG 2010. Flavors are incredible, caramel and toffee, more umami. Velvety smooth, excellent mouthfeel. Long finish with touches of maple. Rather port like. Alcohol here is completely hidden. This destroys Utopias. No idea why they wouldn’t make this again and just keep making Utopias. This was incredible.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had back in April, Utopias right before. Pours a dark chestnut brown, transparent. Much more mellow than Utopias, 11 years can do that. Sweet malts, caramel, some light bourbon, notes of cherries, a fair bit of tobacco and hints of sherry. The flavor has the sweet malt, notes of plums and cherries, sweet vanilla and roasted oak from the barrel, bourbon notes well integrated, leafy tobacco with faint heat. full bodied, much smoother than utopias but still has a viscous creamy feel with a gentle carbonation and smooth finish.
pete4999 (932) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I’m not sure what qualifies as a full taste, but I got a small bit of this courtesy of thickfreakness, whose rating is just a few below this. Thanks man. Figured I’d put it in here just so I can remember it later on. It tasted more like liquor than it did beer, almost. So smooth...mouthfeel was absolutely incredible. Strong taste, but certainly not overwhelming for a small taster.