HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is crazy stuff! I’ve only had it at festivals like the GABF or NHC so I’ve never been able to sit down and try it! Thanks to the customer who brought some of this in for me!
The pour is a clear copper color with no carbonation and thick streaming “legs” on the glass as you swirl it. The nose is very warm and nutty with a lot of maple. The flavor has hazelnuts, vanilla, caramel, figs, and maple that finishes pretty hot, but not as hot as you would think. It defiantly is more like a port wine than a beer. Worth a try if you can get it.
jonas (5997) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled ages ago in ølbutikken, mange tak! Hazy amber no head.
Brandyish and sherry aroma,
potent, alcohol burn.
Nutty, sweet. marzipan.
long sherry aftertaste.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer gets props for being so strong, hard to find, and expensive. My friend Lem let me taste this and I have to say it was pretty scrumptious. Had the body and texture of a port wine more than a beer. Flavor of cognac and maple syrup were present up front while subtler characteristics such as sherry, vanilla and figs. I only wish I had some good cheese to go with this beer. Definitely not worth the price, but worth a try for any beer snob.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. Pours a clear copper with no head. Leaves legs like a good cognac. Aroma of cognac, port wine, maple syrup, sweet malt, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. The taste is sweet and porty with hints of vanilla and maple syrup with a touch of bitterness at the end. More like a good port and cognac mixed together but still a great beverage.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
EBF 07. looks liek whisky oil. it reminds me of cognac made with beer. vanilla oak and nice and sweet.while this beer wasnt bad at all. it was just too much like a weak (as in abv not taste) cognac then a strong beer. i just dont see the point. id rather have an XO bottle of cognac than this for a 150.(which is what the lq buy me has it for.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF 2007: Clear copper color with some nice legs to it. Aroma, caramel, some vanilla and a whole lot of booze. Flavor, tastes like a nice smooth whiskey, some caramel, and a sweetness to it. I expected it to be a lot more boozy than it really was, but an interesting beer indeed.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2005 vintage (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): Let me begin by saying that I came to this glass with absolutely no preconcetions about this beer. I didn’t even know the style or the intention. Presenting as a very dark gold with no head, I thought it likely to be a barley wine. However, as I drank in the heady aromas I was astounded. For some time I have imagined the ways that beer can match the high points that the wine industry, through its sheer size, can support. Here, I was presented with not only an equal, but a challenger to the great digestives and aperitifs of the world. Reading some ratings I see that year to year this changes, but in terms of the 2005 what we have is a world class drink. Spiritous cognac-like aroma that derives character from some smokey caramels. Very sweet in the mouth, with some sharp alcohol notes amid symphonies of stickyness. There is no doubt in my mind that this would be absolutely brilliant as a digestif. Outstanding.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Utopias ’03 was a harsh disappointment, yet I was still keen to try the ’05, as I had heard it was much smoother, and it was. At the end of a hard days drinking, this amazingly had the guts to eclipse all that came before it. Deep, rich, red colour, volatile yet sweet aroma, like a slightly oxidised sweet sherry. Viscous, yet volatile palate, fully covers the mouth. Hot, sweet, some vanilla flavour, dried fruits, like raisins and figs, but unfortunately a slightly papery oxidised element intrudes into the flavour, somewhat diminishing the experience. A very special beer, but when I want something mellow and warming, I reckon I’ll hit the liqueur tokay.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Very nice, lived up to all of the expectations. Pours a copper-brown with no head. Alcohol content burned nose hairs during original sniff. Very sweet, nice finish.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the FOBAB 2006. Pours a copper-brown with no head to speak of. Overpowering alcohol aromas and very little else. Tastes is more like a caramel schnapps with some notes of brown sugar and maple syrup.