auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2oz Pour at the North Shore Grill - Hancock, MI. Aroma glows lightly as wet honey, hot cereal, light caramels, and brandy-like alcohol. Pours flat; no head, no carbonation. Color of hazlenut with warm clover honey edges. Flavor develops as rather complex. Alcohol is immediately noticeable and domiating, but yields to some port and brandy vinous maturity, that combine with some bubblegum esters and sugar syrup. After these rough edges, a good lot of caramel, toast, and good earth show. Then a nip of dust and oxidation. Finally, only the faintest hop smithers come through. Finishes on the strongest raisin and mature mid-fruits I’ve ever tasted. Very heavy in grape and raisin. Palate either scortches or lays heavy. Alcohol or syrup. Good legs. Interesting for the intensity and method. Worth the $14.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2007 Edition in Ceramic Decanter # 04563. Found this bottle at Savemore Beverage Clifton Park NY. Pours a deep copper in color with no head. Were to start WOW!!! Aroma of Cognac, sweet maple syrup, oak and with an alcohol warming smell. Taste of maple syrup, oak, butterscotch and caramel with very clean finish. Suprisingly no alcohol burn with the high alcohol %, you will feel it. I was very surpise to find this one, had to travel to New York to get this one. It was not cheap at $175 but worth it.
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor and Drugs. I had been on the look out for this beer by Sam Adams for a couple years now, so I was really happy to finally get my hands on a bottle. The amount I poured for myself was only the size of a shot glass since the aroma was so strong in alcohol and I knew before hand the ABV level. The nose is so similar to hard liquor such as whiskey, scotch or rum that I didn’t have that much pleasure taking sniffs of it. Anyway, I detected scents of sugar, maple syrup, and soy sauce almost to the same effect the triple bock had played on me. Upon my initial first sip I honestly admit I winced and told myself this is was not beer. The aftertaste was of sweet sugary malts that were undeniable that this truly was a beer and I should give it another sip. The flavor is so sweet that it completely overwhelms all signs of other flavor. Although, I do get the hint of the slightest touch saltiness and bitterness in the faint background. An easy way to describe this beer is maple syrup raised to another degree of intensity, but also this beer is very similar to a whiskey—I just had to say it again. To strong for my blood and that’s why I’m pouring shot glasses for close friends for them to try despite the price tag.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
World’s Strongest Beer. 2005 Version; notes from 2006.
Is a dark, murky brown color with no carbonation and no head whatsoever, but with this high of alcohol I cannot punish it for that. Smell is of candy, burnt sugar, vanilla, and alcohol is noticeable (not surprisingly) in the nose. Taste is very strong, burnt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and an alcohol is present but does not over power you as one might expect. Mouthfeel is thick an syrup-like with no carbonation, very smooth. Drinkability is tough to judge, it’s good no doubt, but you couldn’t possibly think of drinking very much. Definately worth a try in my book.
Much thanks to hero27 for graciously sharing.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to hero27 for a sample of this at the Lava Lounge ’06
Poured without any carbonation at all with a thick brown color and a syrupy look to it. It still looks appealing without a head, but it still puts it at a disadvantage.
The smell has sweet burnt sugar with a very strong alcohol scent.
Tastes of sweet butterscotch, burnt sugar, maple syrup, and a slight vanilla flavor.
Mouthfeel had more of a hard alcohol feel to it.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 From a tapped kep for a xmas tasting at the brewery- Initially smelled like a wine or light cogniac. Tastes a little like a wine, maybe an oaky cherry on steroids, or even grand mariner. very sweet, thin syrup feel, but nothing they can do to hide the 27%. exreme alc finish. With all the hype, i was a little let down, but i’m just not use to drinking stuff this strong. I’m sure a whisky or cogniac drinker would appreciate this more.
ekstedt (6526) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought 2 cl at the Rover, Göteborg, Sweden. Deep reddish amber with no head. Port wine-like aroma with cherries and plums, wood and raisins. Medium bodied and smooth. Pleasant sweetness with a dry edge. Very nice, but what is the point with this port wine imitation of a beer? For $150 or whatever it costs I can get a really good port wine which is much better than this over-hyped product.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Snifter at Tap Werks Rating NO 500. Syrup aroma, Light nutty almond aroma as well, No hops to speak of. Taste is very sweet,sweet like maple syrup, no hops in the taste just like Frangelico or Barenjager, ugh not that great, i could put it on my waffles, but wow this one is sweet., i really expected some alcohol but its really not prevalent. Just plenty of sweetness.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What better way to finish off a monster session than with a monster of a beer. The ever resourceful Linc provided us with, amongst other gems, the 2005 edition way back earlier this year (2007) at a Sydney gathering. Unsurprisingly the aroma contains plenty of maple syrup, along with some vanilla, oak and sweet dried fruits. Exceptionally smooth drinking, belying the alcohol percentage amazingly (although still obviously a big abv beer). Looking forward to trying this again one day ;-)
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF. Came straight to this booth when I saw it was here. Why pay $20 for a one oz taste when I can get one here? Very sweet. Very hot. Lots of malty sweetness and lots of alchol on the finish. No suprise either way. I really liked it. Would I pay for it? Not now, but cuz i’m cheap not cuz it wasn’t good.