Viking (9) - x, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2001 does not count
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer is simply too thick and syrupy to be enjoyable. I couldn’t finish the first bottle. I think I’ll give away the second.
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best in the winter; use a snifter.
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2001
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great looking crystal-blue bottle. I guess they felt the need to dress the bottle up to hide the fact that this beer is not very good.
lshockey199 (23) - USA - OCT 8, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
this is meant for sipping, and is acutully made by bronco winery in ca.
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2001
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Cask conditioned version with raspberries. Smells like raisins. Initial flavor interesting and complex, but finishes with a distinct peanut butter flavor. Consistency of cough syrup. Bottled version much more enjoyable.
Structure82899 (19) - USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, but not the best Sam Adams product. Remarkable bottle though.
Kodos (205) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cant really explain the taste of this as a beer, maybe more of a brandy type liquor in the flavor dept. There are so many flavors here ranging from the fruity/port type flavors to 30wt motor oil. To me this is undrinkable by itself. As others have said, maybe after 30 years or so in the cellar it will improve. Somehow I doubt it tho.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - SEP 19, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty; the Bock of bocks! Too bad it’s so hard to come by.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The bottle is quite possibly the best part about the beer. Smells like a combination of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and chocolate syrup. There is no head whatsoever and is easly confused with motor oil (see delbomber’s rating.) To quote a friend, ’Its like drinking a steak.’ Very thick tastes like a combination of soy sauce and chocolate syrup.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
While I laud the effort, I must criticize the product. Inside this awesome bottle is a beer that exudes a soy sauce and prune nose. With no head, I momentarily confused this with 10w 30 motor oil (joking). So thick and syrupy, it left the most residue on a glass I have ever seen, whether it be wine, liquor, or beer. The taste is sweet, consisting of soy sauce and maple syrup flavors. Altogether pungent and thick, with slight bitterness in the finish, this has to be one of the most pungent, unique, offensive beers on the market. I memorable experience, but not a good one.