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 (2386) - 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 iím cheap not cuz it wasnít good.
LordErasmus (4) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this guy below me is a LIAR! he enjoyed it at House of BREWS on 51st St. What a lush, he canít even remember where he enjoys his beers... Anyways, this "beer" was surprisingly good, I have to say this has way more in common with a fine port than it has to do with any form of beer, but what do I know. Thick, syrupy and tasty recommended to try but definitely not something you would enjoy every day.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally! Enjoyed at Hop Devil. Tastes like a very sweet port - lots of sultanas and red fruit. Deliciously thick - and expensive. 1oz shot.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Had a Pint of this last night. Just kidding, 1 oz pour for ten bucks. Normally I donít think thatís enough to get a good taste, but this stuff packs a lot of punch. Smell is familiar, rum?, cognac?, and real maple syrup. Smells quite alcoholic as well. Taste is much less alcoholic, reminds me of some fine liquer, except a lot more complex. Maple Syrup up front, vanilla, hints of wood, bourbon, spices, dark fruits, carmelized sugar. This was really interesting. I wonder if I will get another crack at it.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2007. Pours a viscous cloudy roasted caramel syrup with no head. Intense nose, dripping with sugary dark fruits and warming liquore. Notes of plum, figs, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, cinnimon, mace, plums, raisins; itís all there and incredibly rich and decadent. Heavy body, with a sticky texture and only a subtle suggestion of carbonation. Tastes like it smells, which is basically an explosion of dark fruit flavors across the palate. I couldnít image being able to drink more than a couple of ounces of this without suffering from pancreas failure, but the flavors are incredible. Very complex, with a pleasant earthy spice character to compliment the fruits, alcohol, and brown sugar/molasses. Total palate killer, but worth it, in my opinion. Refined alcohols in the finish, warming the palate and throat calmly.
Theis (15098) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ōLbutikken - thanks to Yespr. Cloudy deep orange - no head. Raisins, high hoppy, bread, alcoholi, brown sugar, lots of dried dark fruits, portwine-like. Powerfull and light alcoholic afterburn. Very delicious, but not as fantastic as I hoped !!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed in a Sam Adams Reidel glass. I had an old rating stored here, but I deleted it as it was from a small sample from their first batch of this beer. Pours light brown with no head. A nice neck, like you might see from a cognac or good scotch shows itself on the glass as the beer is swirled. Smells of sherry, cognac, warming alcohol, citrus, some woody character. Taste is sweet with molasses, some hints of sherry, maple, lots of warming alcohol, but it doesnít overwhelm the other flavors. Some cherry notes are also present. Mouthfeel yields lots of alcohol as does the finish. If you take this for what it is, which is a fermented cordial, it is actually quite interesting and different. Reminds me of a cognac. This "beer" could really benefit from some aging in a barrel.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
$20 for a 1oz sample at Hop Devil. Not worth it. Not even close. Hot, full, rich aroma. Nutty sugars, milk chocolate, beets. Big alcohol. Filling, nutty flavor, very malty. Wheaty and husky flavors develop as the beer sits and become overbearing and off-balance. Very boozy, brash... almost tastes a bit off. I can see some hints of Tripelbock in here but it is nowhere near as beautifully crafted or aged as that.