dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1997 vintage, cool bottle. Dang cork bottom broke off, which then dropped into the bottle upon attempting to remove it with wine bottle opener, which also made the pour a bit difficult and slow. Anyway, it pours a very dark, thick brown with lots of sediment that laces the glass. Swirls stain the glass and leave sediment sticking to the sides. Aroma interesting of alcohol, molasses, raisins, dark dried fruits, caramel, slight chocolate, and maybe a nutty character in there somewhere. Wow, quite complex. Taste is almost overwhelming, but matches the aroma all too well. This is a complex sipper that was thoroughly enjoyed. Will definitely seek out more before they are too difficult to get.
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
bottle shared by hoppypocket, thanks david (?) pours unclear and kind of dirty dark brown without a head, some legs sticking perhaps. aggressive beef concentrate, umami-ed gross sweet brown and roasted malts, off-caramel, molasses, off-fruitiness - salty almost rotten sweet and burnt potatoes, cherries, minerals, ashes. almost flat carbonation, full body - oily, sticky, for a cloying mineral-grassy-ashy finish. dis-gus-ting.
ineedbeer (709) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This appears to be a 1997 vintage (the year I turned 16). Aroma has lots of roast character and some meatiness but it isn?t complete soy sauce, only a moderate amount. Medium light chocolate with quite a bit of alcohol. No maple character at all but there is some light smokiness. Pours an inky black with a slight oil sheen and no head whatsoever. No lacing and long legs. Flavor has a medium sweetness with some faint maple notes. Medium roast notes with some dark chocolate character. Some dark fruit notes of cherries, berries and prunes. Quite a bit of meatiness and soy sauce, but its not as bad as I was led to believe. Moderate bitterness with quite a bit of alcohol. Lingering chocolate and soy sauce. Mouthfeel is full bodied with pretty much no carbonation. Medium low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth. Overall, an odd beer and better than I expected. I really wanted to try this beer due to all the bad reviews; its not great but better than I expected. There is definitely some meatiness and soy sauce but it is not nearly as strong as I expected. Still quite a bit of chocolate and sweet roast notes.
mathieuc (1249) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995 vintage nip bottle shared by Hoppypocket, thanks a lot for this rarity Mr. DP! Here we go: Pours a dark brown with no head and no lacing except that the liquid coats the glass quite nicely. Nose is of straight soy sauce, funny. There is also a good deal of sugar and raisins. Taste is of alcohol, chocolate, moka and raisins. Body is full and mouthfeel ultra sticky. It is also completely still. It is hot but not 18% hot, seems like time have done it good? Ok, so the nose is pretty weird and the drink itself awkward but I feel like everyone should experience that at least once. It was a good deal of fun overall but I won’t seek this one again.
tom10101 (2723) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Shared by hoppypocket, thanks! Vintage 1995. Dark ruby brown with a small ring of beige foam. Side by side with Bovril, the aroma was surprisingly similar. Dried raisins too... and mushrooms. Taste is similar and quite salty. Medium body. Almost flat. Salty finish. That’s pretty bad to say the least.
koleminer20 (577) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. Vintage 1995. The pour is a very dark ruby/light black with no head or carbonation. The aroma is strong on dark fruits, raisins and plums, with a light soy sauce character to it. The smell also packs a little heat on the back end, joining a lingering molasses note. The flavor is a little more geared on the sweetness, overshadowing the dark fruits a bit. There is a bit of licorice, and then dark fruits before transitioning back into the sweetness. The mouth feel is thick, like a strong syrup, with a lighter medium-ish body, and a short, sharp fruity, malty aftertaste
generallee08 (642) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When it comes to looks this beer will probably not be wining any beauty pageants. It poured a very dark and murky brown almost black color with only a thin quickly fading head on top. When swirled in the snifter it appears to be quite thick and viscose as a thin brown film coats the glass. The aroma greets you right away as the bottle is opened. It is full of all kinds of sweet, roasted and smoky/woody notes with some fruity esters and hints of rum. As for the flavor there is an extremely rich and powerful complexity that hangs on the tongue and palate with its full body and its slick heavy texture. Flavor notes of dark maple syrup, black liquorish, roasted grain, molasses, raisins (when baked in pastry), herbal hops, wood and smoke mingle and hang out on the tongue. The presence of alcohol is also very apparent. It adds firm warmth and throughout. Most of the sweeter flavors are more up front with herbal and woody notes coming in more towards the finish. These woody and smoky notes really hang on as there is very little carbonation to refresh the palate.
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
’94 bottle courtesy of Dan. Split with Al and Dan. Pours a near black with a slight reddish hue. No head or carbonation but a slick oily residue left of the glass with slight particles I assume is bits of cork. Aroma is chocolate twizzlers, sherry, soy sauce, sharpie marker, molasses. Very oily, slick mouthfeel. A slight tartness to this - big soy and molasses flavors, chocolate, cherry, plum. Provides a good deal of alcohol warmth. Tough to put down, real oxidized but not that bad. thanks for sharing Dan.
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1994 bottle shared and poured into a mini snifter. Pours a thick, inky black with no head or sings of carbonation. The aroma is mostly dark fruits and candied fruits. The taste is very sweet and somewhat boozy. Thick body and mouthfeel. The guys drinking this with me said this is the only one they’ve ever had that didn’t taste like soy sauce, so that’s cool.
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a dark black with no head. Flavors and Aromas of soy sauce, toffee, fruits, and a brandy burn from the alcohol. This wasn’t very good.
Nische (675) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
ery dark brown, almost black. No head, but a little fizz when bottle was opened. Intense chocolate aroma with soy sauce and napthaline. Vinous alcohol aromas with licorice. Very complex.