TBone (12991) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, vintage 2003.
Clear amber brown, no head. Nose is exactly like in Madeira-wine: fruity, alcoholic. Taste too: prunes, grapefruit, toffee, sugars. Earth-shaking, just damned expensive.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 At GABF 06í, 07í, and 08í.: Smells of tawny port, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Great aroma. Amber/brown in color. Clear. Thick and viscous. No head at all. Tastes like a tawney port. Very sweet. Not bitter. Full full full body. Thick. No carbonation. Long sweet woody finish. Excellent, but hardly beer-like.
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 This was one of most interesting beers I ever Had. I drank this with Stegosaurus and Bearded_one. The bronze color was amazing. This is to be drank at room temp and drink it slowly for it is costly. Defintely a barley wine, no carbonation and a hint of maple. EXCELLENT DRINK!!
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a very strong aroma. The alcohol gets into your nostrils and blooms, but a nice treat is that the taste is opposite of the aroma. It doesnít have that big alcohol taste its sweeter and more palattable. Definately some caramel flavors with a smoothness for the finish.
RobertGBG (109) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The coolest bottle so far, You could definitly smell and taste the alcohol, But also fudge, chocholate, sweetness, creamy feeling, far from the traditional beer, more like an dessertwine.
Baresi (14) - Kungsbacka, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 The aroma is more like sherry then beer and I have introduced it as sherry or cognac to friends and they belived it was. The taste is kind of nutty, hints of alcohol and all the tastes are very well balanced. It taste similuar to a nice red port.
When I bought it in late 05 i thought it would taset like s**t. But when I tasted it for the first time (feb 06) it was so much better then I ever had expected. After that Iíve tried it four more times (summer 06) and itís getting even better and better each time.
timmy4 (18) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Anybody who likes whiskey will like this. I actually thought there should have been some Coke in my glass when I took a drink. This stuff is very strong and I donít really consider it to be beer. It is quite original though.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a sample at the Great Taste oif the Midwest.Pours a crystal clear bronze color. Has a Heavenly butterscotch/caramel aroma that made you not want to drink,but just enjoy the wonderful aroma all day!! The aroma is a little intimidating,but when you sip it youíll find a very complex,but nicely balanced flavor of butterscotch,caramel,vanilla.Very wonderful stuff!
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited 2005 Edition. Bottle #00732. 24oz. Beautiful bronze/copper brew kettle bottle. Easily the most stunning bottle Iíve ever seen..downright impressive just to look at. Sam Adams signature engraved on the front, and on the back, copper sliding doors that reveal a picture of Samuel Adams. Bottom of the bottle is individually numbered in gold lettering.
Strongest beer in the world? Sure, itís somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City and took the only two bottles they had.
Served right around 60 degrees..let it warm to room temp as we drank it.
Pours a clear bronze/amber color..looks very much like cognac or whiskey. No head, lace, or carbonation, but it holds to the glass like syrup..very sticky consistency. Aroma is surprisingly alcoholic..smells stronger than many 40-50% liquors Iíve had...wow. Sweet smells of brown sugar and almost has a tequila-like quality to it. Interesting..
Tastes are incredible..very sweet & rich..dark fruits, brown sugar, smoky malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup....with a slight burning alcohol finish. Hop character is subdued by the huge malty tastes and alcohol bite. Very warming and has a wonderful complexity to it.
Overall, Iíd say the 24 ounces probably isnít "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? Whatís gold going for an ounce these days? Other great high-alcohol beers such as DFH World Wide Stout and DFH 120 Minute IPA are less than $10 per 12oz bottle, and are around 20%. You canít get much more unique, though..and it was nice to get the chance to try it. Goes down remarkably smooth and is surprisingly drinkable as well..the tastes linger on the tongue, and as soon as they fade, you find yourself yearning for another sip.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and can find this great brew, Iíd say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you wonít feel so guilty when youíre staring at the gorgeous empty bottle.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 I sampled this at the past two GABF, and had the opportunity to try it again yesterday (8/12/06). Bronze color, no apparent carbonation. Aroma of maple syrup and vanilla. Oaky flavors predominate, as does the alcohol. Very smooth and tasty.
Sampled again at the EBF NOTB on 2/15/08. Aged with Cacao nibs. Poured hazy reddish-brown without carbonation. Aroma with primarily alcohol and vanilla, with some subtle cocoa complimenting the usual aromas. Cocoa adds a nice dimension to the flavor of the beer as well. Unique concept that worked out well.