kermis (3652) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1997 vintage bottle shared at Delirium Hoppy Loft. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is dominated by rich dark chocolate and massive caramel, licorice and toffee. Taking a sip is such a powerful burst of flavour, super sweet with an underlying bitterness and a thick mouthfeel like pouring molasses and melted chocolate straight down your throat, leading into a long caramel and alcohol warm finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Intense and lovely but not one to drink much of.
PhillyCraft (2578) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from bill, 95 vtg, pour is thick deep brown with no head or lacing. Very syrupy mouth with notes of soy sauce and gouda. Smaller flavors of toffee, sugar, and more sugary syrup. Almost tasted like a worse jw lees if thatís possible. This one was old so I tried it, but I hate Sam Adams and other publicly traded macro type producers.
jredmond (4575) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 95í Bottle at bills. Thanks to bill. Pours a deep, thick soy sauce body. aroma is thick molasses, chocolate, booze and soy sauce. Mouthfeel is thick and starts out great with notes that the aroma would suggest. The finish is horrible, thick, cough syrup medicinal finish.
ReggieDunlap (2773) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1994 bottle...pours black...no head...syrupy looking. Aroma is boozy with raisn/fig...lightly winey like a port...a bit of chocolate covered cherry. Flavor is sweet with raisin/fig/prune and chocolate cherry...not boozy. Mouthfeel is full and liquory...sticky with a sugar sweet raisin/cherry/chocolate finish.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I had never had this legendary beer. I decided to pull it out for my 500th review.
The beer appears lifeless and still, with a few bubbles of head that pop instantly and leave no lacing. The liquid itself is a very dark brown, near black color. Taking into account the nature of the beer and the fact that itís fifteen years old, I canít dock the appearance too harshly.
My God, what in the hell took place inside this bottle for the last decade and a half?!? Imagine ordering pho soup and upending a giant bottle of ancient fish sauce into it until the bowl is spilling over. Next, add a few cups of the worldís most pungent soy sauce, then pour the whole thing into a bucket. Leave it outside for a few days, giving some homeless guys the opportunity piss in it at their leisure, so it can start to really reek like something foul and abysmal. Next, saute a frying pan full of raisins, sugar, brown sugar, caramel candies, prune juice, and old coffee grinds (Maxwell House or Folgerís - donít use anything expensive) on the stove, scorching the entire mixture into black oblivion for approximately one hour. Take this culinary mishap and scoop it into the bucket. Seal the whole concoction off and age it for nearly a generation and...Voila! Exactly what you might expect - an undrinkable, strong, vile, nasty beverage.
Drain, beer. Beer, drain.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-10-2010
madmitch76 (12130) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
23rd October 2010
Opaque very dark brown beer, no head, no carbonation. Nose is mostly marmite but has a little chocolate. Palate is semi soft and dry. So to the taste - wasnít expecting much from this much maligned beer but Iím going to stand with my old mucker Henrik Papso on this and say itís a fine beer. Immediately reminded me of a vintage port. Rich cherry - blackcurrant and a little tobacco. There is a big splash of Madeira in here as well and then chocolate, coffee and marmite. Finishes dry with a warming afterglow. You just need to get past the nose to appreciate this one!
redtechnj (175) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer, if you call it a beer, is extremely hard to describe. I bought 2 bottles in í95, had one then and thought it was horrible. Since then Iíve expanded my beer horizons, my experiences with out of the norm beers was limited to Sam Addams various flavors. I recently found the second bottle in the back of my liqour cabinet and thought that maybe I had caught up to the complexities of this beer. Nope. Iíll try almost anything and come away if not happy with the beer but with the wxperience of trying something different. I canít in any way recomend trying this beer. Aroma of mollassas and whischestershier sauce. Bitter and horrible. This "beer" scared me!
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle into snifter, we donít know the vintage.
A Black no carbonation
S Big marshmallow smells
T Complex, strange, sweet, cherry, port, soy sauce
M Thick, no carbonation
O I like this beer, would drink it again, it is strange and complex, I can understand some of the hate, but I also enjoy the beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-14-2012 18:21:55
deyholla (5381) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a thick black with a brown head that starts at the edges and dissipates completely. Aroma has a deep dark dessert wine with some caramel, sweet fruit and a slight astringent note. Flavor has noted of dark fruit and a bit of sweetness with a hint of astringent acid.
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 0.25 L bottle (1997 vintage). Thanks for sharing, GrOve! Near black with no clarity. Headless. Big chocolate aroma. Strong licorice tones. A noticable alcohol scent, reminiscent of fortified wine. Fat malt body. Gently sweet and packed with chocolate-accented flavors. Vinous, like a fine Port. Notes of soy sauce and salty licorice. Thick and hot in the mouth. Impressingly complex. A great beer experience.