JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #2702 - So I pretty much gave up on rating. Why? I got bored to be honest - at some point its just ticking rather than love of the beverage and I had to stop despite numerous beers I had already rated, but never entered. Its just not fair, and I can only drink for enjoyment....but this is an exception as its my last real unrated gem in the cellar. Nice burnt orange/brown color with no head. Aroma of thick Grade B maple syrup, brown sugar, cereal, caramel, and confectionary sugar. Flavor is solid maple syrup, tawny port (with a good deal of alcohol), burnt/carmelized apples, brown sugar, and plenty of sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is really nice, but peters out a bit towards the end. Overall a fantastic beverage, worthy of critical acclaim. A real shame this was never made again, but thats what makes it special. Rating was fun - had a real blast, but enjoying a good beer without too much thought is far better. Ratebeer still rules - glad to have contributed a few.
CanIHave4Beers (3884) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared nearly 2 years ago now by one Mr. BrokenSail early morning @ the Presidential Suite.
Entered as the benchmark for my 100th Massachusetts rating!
Pours a deem amber, perfectly still (of course)
The aroma is rich with some candied cherries, some vanilla and a good bit of toffee. Itís got a sort of oloroso sherry thing happening with the richness and the oxidation, but itís also a little like PX with the raisiny things happening. Itís sherry like either way and it is also noticeably boozy, which is pretty par for the course with something as huge and rich smelling as this.
The flavor is again that sort of carefully oxidized sherry thing, a good bit of caramel & a lot of warming booziness. Itís got a good woody and vanilla thing happening. Again with the raisins cherry and toffee, yep itís a sweet beer but thereís quite a bit going on.
knickskicks (1083) - - SEP 6, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hazy copper pour. Nose is caramel, maple syrup, butterscotch. Taste is liquid butterscotch, maple syrup. Sticky full mouthfeel. Wow. Words cannot do this beer justice.
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour shared from a special bottle from brokensail at RBSG weekend - thanks again, Andrew! Wasnít sure Iíd ever get to try this. Anyway, it pours a clear, rich amber-copper color with no head. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, honey, caramel, vanilla, maraschino cherry, candy apple, whiskey, chocolate, and sherry. Warms the nostrils and palate. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, warm, coating mouthfeel. Has held up well for the most part, though more recent vintages of Utopias are definitely preferable to me. Thanks again for the special opportunity, brokensail! This is pretty legit.
Homer321 (3774) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at RBSG 2014 in the Presidential Suite, thanks Andrew! Nose is a strong vinous, sherry, and dried fruit. Pour is still, murky brownish red. Strong fruit esters in the flavor with sherry. Lots of sherry. Stone fruit and dried apricot. Lots of alcohol lacing on the glass. Very similar to Utopias. Surprised that the alcohol warming is mild and not burning and harsh. Overall very pleasant
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool Bros Only Bottle courtesy of brokensail. Thanks. Pours a nice brownish tawny hue, copper burnt glow in the body and edges with faint ring that dies to nothing. Rich deep hues. Aromas are sherry and toffee, caramel and firm oak meet vanillin, spirit and some warmth. Touches of chestnut, caramel and firmer oak. Sherry, orange rind and gentle marmalade. Rich and sweet. Initial is medium bodied with firmer spirit, sherry and bourbon, touches of oak, well fermented with a bit of carmelized malt, dark and dried fruit. Warm and spirit driven into the backend. A nice sherry, red fruit and firmer abv driven elements into the backend. The rich nose is sweet and intense, very deep as the beer itself seems a bit thin and warm overall. Touches of spirit, gentle toffee and sweetness. Odd, thin, and more in that spirit mode overall. Touches of warmth, a bit fusel and firm barrel elements. Gentle smokiness dies out a bit. Some solid stuff, honor to try. Nose is intense.
Frank (3815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I got this tame pete thanks to Borkensail who brought it to RBSG in a little soda bottle. It is slightly cloudy brown and headless, which makes sense for a beer w/ no carbonation.It smells pretty much like port wine, quite heavily oxidized, w/ just a bit of toffee malts. It is very sweet but surprisingly not heavy. There is good amount of cherry and raisin notes once you taste it and my only real complaint is that itís really hot. Honestly, this and Utopias are pretty tasty but neither of them is half as good as a mid shelf port making their existence quite hard to justify.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small pour from a hand screw top container, huge thanks to brokensail... Hazy red brown color. Thin off-white head. Huge caramel malt & heat just in the nose... Huge heat and burn in the flavor. Man. Tasty, though. Dark fruit, caramel spicy malt. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Nice big interesting complex strong ale. Super interesting potent flavorful stuff. Pretty reasonable for the ABV, actually.
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ the peteing zoo. Murky orangish brown appearance with little head. Heavy tannic nose. Lots of wood, leather, dark grape, and plum. Kind of tastes like a port. Big leather taste. Alcohol burn isnít that bad. Big fig taste. Kind of fun to try.
deyholla (9640) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the bottle, thanks! Pours a clear earthy amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma is full of caramel, sweet grain and booze with hints of toffee and a touch of smoke. Flavor has sweet grain with strong toffee and caramel as well as a touch of booze.
brokensail (15215) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Rating #10,000. This one comes courtesy of Derek who very generously sent me this bottle a couple of years ago (thanks again!). I had been wanting to open this for a special occasion, and I suppose 10,000 ratings is as good as any. Flat, copper pour. Not terribly good looking. Good legs, at least. The nose really is great. Rich caramel, honey, chocolate, and vanilla. Whiskey, maple syrup, and baked apple. The taste is quite sweet, but similarly impressive. Tons of maple syrup, caramel, honey, and chocolate. Notes of port, baked apple, and tons of vanilla. Very mild alcohol on the finish. Nice full body. Great stuff.