jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
love the way it pours - deep purple/red with absolutely no head, but leaves an oily coating on the sides of the glass. aroma is mostly dark fruits, smoke, and licorice. immediate flavor is sweet fruit, but that quickly gives way to more overpowering flavors: soy sauce, licorice, smoke, bitter fruits. certainly an interesting beer, but not one that iím likely to have again.
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep dark brown color. Aroma smells like I opened an old steamer trunk, yeasty, musty, moldy. Flavors of soy sauce, yeast, peppery spice, and alcohol. Didnít like this one at all.
shigadeyo (3608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1997 Vintage... Aroma is super concentrated maltiness, honey, soy/fish/oyster sauce; pours like soy sauce, opaque, glassy, no carbonation, no head; super, super, super sweet (sweeter than sack mead and definitely the sweetest beer Iíve ever had), lots of rich complex flavors, umami, really intense black licorice, prune, raisin, tobacco juice, concentrated semi-sweet chocolate, warming but alcohol isnít overly obvious; medium, really syrupy body (coats the glass), sticky; really interesting beer and unlike anything Iíve ever had and I like it... Itís really more like beer concentrate!
bnokk (430) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
í97(?) drinken in 2016 APPEARANCE- pure black, no carbonation apparent, no head (see prior phrase), and has a tremendous
NOSE- black licorice and balance of sweetness. alcohol is pungent.
FLAVOR- black licorice x 10^3. I cannot deny the rumors of soy.
NOTES- this may be the first beer Iíve drinken that has noticeable legs.
GenDV138 (5469) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995 bottle at the DC March Tasting, thanks radagast83! Dark brownish, no head. Aromas of caramel, soy sauce, toffee, roast, tobbaco. Tastes of dark fruit, smoke, oak, tobacco, soy sauce. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (6999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually not that bad after 20 years. Like a chocolately barley wine. Thick and oily consistency. Sweet and remarkably free of booze. Light soy. Bottle, big thanks to Travlr.
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1995 bottle, filtered to exclude the cork. Dark clear ruby brown color, flat. Aroma of overbaked chocolate brownies. Taste has port wine, tannins. Interesting.
jb (2815) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve always wanted to try this. A friend still has a few bottles, 1995 vintage, he says the taste has changed very little over the years. Fast forward to now. Wow a malt and booze bomb. Smooth, with burn at the end. Way too sweet though with no balancing issue but for the booze. Very dark and flat, intriguing looking. Nose is decent and interesting. Brandy, plums, booze, tea. Actually, this was a bit better than I thought it would be.
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like raisin juice. Itís not thick but muddy. Lots of sediment. Taste is malty raisin. No complexity left, flat. Not bad but a taste is enough.
BVery (9260) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 Bottle shared by Brad - thanks! Yes, big boozy soy sauce. But very rich and interesting too. I dig it.
TimE (4835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 Dark brown cloudy color. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel, prunes, dark cherries, maples in the nose. Very intense and wonderful. Virtually no carbonation, like flat. Intense, maple syrup, cacao, oak, dark fruit notes. Rounded and deceptively drinkable for 17%. This was aged 18 years and finally it is peaking