Lukaduke (2067) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Vintage. Pours a deep ruby brown. Tons of layers of dark dried fruit, fig, date, raisin, toffee, coffee, cocoa, caramel, hints of vinous acidity, long sweet vanilla and maple notes linger. Booze is apparent but sits nicely within the full viscous body.
JBPortland (682) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage shared thanks to Matt, pours semi clear dark copper brown with no head. Nose is boozy caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Taste is boozy raisin, prune, maple, caramel, madeira wine. Finish is sticky raisin, dark fruit, booze, sweet. Complex and an interesting sipper.
RussianDragon (339) - - MAY 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Vintage bottle. Shared with durwoodx and loinis. Pours a deep chocolate brown, translucent with light barely passing through the haze. Still, no lacing and major legs as the Utopias glass is swirled. Aroma is huge - maple syrup, oak, vanilla, bacon, cocoa. Flavor is nearly indescribable - smooth yet complex. Toffeee, port, peat, brandy, and oak with vanilla. Alcohol is barely present - masterfully hidden. Always an occasion to have this.
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taster at Julio’s Beer Fest. 2013 vintage. Pours beautiful clear amber like maple syrup. Still. Very strong whisky boozy aroma, lots of oak, earth, dark dried fruits. Thick and syrupy, fills the mouth with the above flavors, prune, earth, a touch of mineral. finish is oak dryness. Great flavor and great balance. Reminds me of Jadwiga mead in its warmth, smoothness and mouthfeel. Delicious. Having tried this I would actually consider buying a bottle, as dear as it is.
davey101 (655) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 10th anniversary. 2 oz sample into a Glencairn, thanks Tom. Pours a deep clear burnt amber/red that looks like a port or sherry. Nose is massive and complex. Lots of oxidized notes; sherry/port tannins, booze, brown sugar, maple, vanilla, salted caramel and oak. Incredibly rich and concentrated. Runs the gambit of sweet to savory. Taste is much the same. Dark fruits, oak, caramel and toffee, maple, and oxidized sherry that just lingers and lingers. Very complex but still drinkable and inviting. Coating mouth feel with a pleasant alcohol burn on the finish. This reminds me a lot of aged Triple Bock (sans ’97) but with the bad qualities replaced with excellent ones. Such a pleasant and wonderful experience. Perhaps not worth the coin and it does stretch the definition of beer but it is something special for sure.
sic1314 (3114) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured clear amber with no head. Aroma of sweet caramel, sweet bourbon notes. Smooth as a great liqueur, so warming and easy to drink. Wonderfully.
Peter_L (639) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 2cl@Man in the Moon. Rödbrun vätska med total avsaknad av skum. Tror skumkronan sade upp bekanskapen för en tre, fyra år sedan. Massivt, mitt i skrevet, kraftiga aromer av maderia, ekfat och salt lakrits. Här handlar munfyllnad inte om hel eller halvfyllig. Blåslampa laddad med chilinapalm ligger närmare sanningen. God, nää. Värd pengarna, jo tjena. Men den är one of a kind!
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour, barley wine I think not. Dark pour, flat. Maple and dark malt aromas. Flavor is more similar to a maple cognac.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Scarcely resembles beer. Cognac flavor. Cognac mouthfeel. Cognac appearance. Tastes ok for like a sip and then I remember that I don’t like liqueur.
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two different vintages tasted after judging a commercial competition in Sacramento. Thanks to Sammy for providing. Aroma is herbaceous and peaty, with massive hot alcohol. Clear copper with no head. Taste is earthy, cloyingly rich and the alcohol is present throughout. Very good.