esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My wife was lucky enough to be one of the lottery winner at the 2013 Milwaukee Beer Barons Festival. Yay! Though it was rather hard to pry this away from her to get enough to rate it properly. Lives up to the hype for sure though a bit much at that price tag. Deep mahogany with an absence of head. Aroma of port, oak, vanilla, bourbon, toffee and booze. Taste is… holy shit, that’s strong. And good. Real good. Almost good enough to get my top rating of 4.5. Alcohol throughout and mostly sweet with figs, strong toffee, vanilla and some dark fruits underneath. Burn baby burn.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Ryan, thanks man, poured an amber color with aromas of dark caramelized pitted fruit, booze, oak, vanilla, sherry, and some caramel. Flavors were rich caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and sherry, boozy aftertaste, what a delight this was. This was served at room temperature, and it was amazinig.
Pyrmir (2676) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from bottle, vintage 2009. Brownish amber with no head. Aroma of alcohol, wood, plums, dried fruit, Madeira, cognac and pears. Wonderful. Taste is surprisingly fruity; sweet, plums, pear, wood, Madeira and cognac.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very small sample.Pours amber with a thin head. Boozy, with sweet malts, caramel, and fruit. Some light spicy notes as well. Pretty good.
LoFi (1516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’09 vintage bought at the Rover, from backlog.
Dark reddish brown, no head.
Licorice, toffee, vinous, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, liqueur.
Oily and sticky on the palate.
Very nice, I liked this much more than I had expected.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Bottle: ’03 vintage thanks to Jeff, 10th anniversary edition thanks to Will. Solid, copper & brown; silky, thick, and oily with no carbonation (or head) at all. Aroma is insanely strong, like a super complex brandy. Licorice, cognac, brown sugar, molasses, candied dark plums & grapes, light rubbing alcohol, maple, toffee, vanilla, mild wood... So many things going on, very hard to wrap your head around. Taste is equally as complex with tons of brown sugar, molasses, black cherries, plums, booze-soaked raisins, vanilla coated toffee cake, port, caramel, alcohol... Both VERY sweet and VERY boozy, but more flavorful or drinkable than many hard sipping alcohols out there. Not really a beer, but quite an experience.
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 poured into Troegs sample glass. Sweet boozy smell, vanilla, wood and sherry and cognac like aromas. Taste is fruity and liquer-esque. Hot mouthfeel. Fruit and mixed complex flavors. Syrupy mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer. Great beverge
jmgreenuk (3255) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at GABF 2013. Poured a rich chesnut brown with a rich a oily consistency and no head and no life. The aroma is super rich red berry fruit. The flavour is medium sweet with a rich red berry fruit syrup boozy alcohol palate. Boy did the alcohol burn but boy was it worth it!
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 edition bottle #03943 - decants a clear deep copper-red with no cap ot carbonation. Rich aroma is much like an amber Madeira rich dark fruits, vanilla, oak, light smoke wrapped in a fusel cloak. Flavor is remarkably smooth and mellow for such a rich vinous drink -. I sampled my first glass with a good cigar, dipping it in the utopias had the same effect as a good port. This was a very special treat which made a special occasion more memorable.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
10th Anniversary bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a dark amber with no head. The aroma is oak, figs, booze, and dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel with very complex flavors, vanilla, oak, figs, nuts, sugary malt. Alcohol is present but not much of a burn. Really enjoyed this special treat.