Ed5388 (2431) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage shared by Scott. Pours a murky brown color with absolutely no head. Aroma is boozy bourbon, rubbing alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, and oxidation. Taste of raisins, dates, vanilla, thick sweet caramel, and boozy bourbon notes. Lots of alcohol burn.
ElCapitan22 (197) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a burgundy and looks like scotch. Smells of vanilla, figs and alcohol. Tastes sweet and hard, but amazing. Has a smooth finish and drinks like a good scotch. Crazy good! I am privilaged to have had this experience. Thanks Tony!
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Pours thick, viscous honey-gold with no head (of course). Aroma is deeply fruity - fig, apple, orange, raisin, alcohol. Taste is also fruity with some notable hop bittering/bite up front. Long, lingering alcohol burn - quite pleasant. Going to savor this one a small glassful at a time.
kathouse (1188) - Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 More liqueur than beer but this stuff is fantastic. Like an old Madeira. Alcohol, licorice, vanilla extract, and luxurious chocolate. Delicious. 2013.
crazy_cat_lady (188) - - MAY 28, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
May 24, 2014. 1.5oz shot at beerbistro. This beer has to have the most awesome bottle ever; hope to acquire one for my collection at some point. The 2013 vintage seems a lot smoother than the previous time I had this at beerbistro (perhaps the 2011 vintage). Vinous fruit, very sweet nose. Lovely dark warm reddish brown, no head. Port-like. Quite lovely.
Lukaduke (2506) - 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 (1044) - 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 (565) - - 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 (1127) - 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 (732) - 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.