FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, ruby amber color. The aroma is quite pronounced and concentrated with notes of brandy, concentrated malt almost extract light notes. There is lots of hot alcohol fumes, but it is not so much that it dominates the other aromatics, in fact it is in a pretty good balance with the concentrated malt notes. This really does smell like a brandy, or a scotch or perhaps a bourbon, I canít really say, but it does have a sticky sweet note that is not really found in any of these.
The taste is sweet, but not overly so and has a concentrated maltiness to it. There are also flavor notes reminiscent of molasses and maple syrup here. The finish, at times, is dominated by hot alcohol notes that make the finish reminiscent of rum. Actually the more I think of it, the more apt the rum analogy is; there are lots of molasses and fermented cane flavor type notes here. The flavors are so concentrated that they are almost overwhelming, some of the notes I canít seem to pick out. I do get notes of vanilla, lots of caramel, and toffee brittle.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red colored, no head. Aroma has some sweet toffee tones, otherwise strong alcoholic whiskey aroma is very dominating. Flavor is much more "friendlier": sweet start with oak, smoke, caramel and some toffee tones, nice warming strong alcohol in aftertaste with some raisins.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB. It came from the reps in what looked like hand bottled bottles. Not beautiful copper kettle here, of course I didnít pay $100 to drink it either. I was the first in line for this thing and they gave me a 4-5oz pour, it ended up being way too much. Reddish brown color with no carbonation, laces like crazy. Aroma is heavy on bourbon/whiskey. Maybe a touch of the sweet maple syrup in the nose. The taste is sweet maple syrup initially; in fact, really good maple syrup, lots of depth in the natural maple flavors. The whiskey/bourbon is lurking in the background. There is some milk chocolate and astringent oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with a fiery, alcoholic end. Too much alcohol. Worth a try, but more than a couple ounces gets to be a bit much.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, 2003 vintage) Reddish amber color with practically no head. Strong, Very grainy-malty, sweet-toffeeish aroma with clearly present alcohol. Very strong, grany-malty, sugary-sweet, port-wineous flavor. Very full-bodied, very warming-alcoholic palate with no carbonation. An interesting "barley drink", but quite far from beer. Still surprisingly drinkable for a 25%.
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahh, the anticipation. Shelled out $15 for this shot (talked the bartender down frm 20). Smells like whiskey/cognac. Really strong stuff. Tastes more like liqour than beer too, but with something nice, peppermint perhaps, but thatís not it. Not a beer, but still better than whiskey.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SA tasting at Pizza Plant. Pours a deep copper/light amber with no head. Aroma is a punch to the face. Im sure I made a horrible face when the aroma first hit me. Still, after a while, I kinda liked the aroma. Lots of pure maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, dates, raisin, calvados liquer, and a definite alcohol presence all around. Flavor also has a ton of alcohol, but is still nice for what it is. Lots of sweet candied fruits, tons of maple, and an oaky vanilla-like flavor. This is a great cognac/brandy/calvados-like liquer which is nice to just sip on, but I still would never buy a bottle of this stuff. Very sticky and has a relatively smooth finish despite its strength.
Ughsmash (7007) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 First sampler at the 3rd Annual FoBAB in Chicago. They gave me a solid 5-6 oz. taster which, according to my math, was worth about my price of admission! Pour was a still copper/amber with a few large chunks of sediment resting toward the bottom. Nose picked up a whole helluva lot... although very little of it reminded me of beer. Brandy and port wine were prominent, with undertones of caramel, heavy dark fruits, maple, and some noble/floral hoppage... I also found whiskey and oak in there. Sticky-sweet on the palate, with alcohol power throughout. Flavors of cognac and whiskey upfront, but a little coaxing brings out caramel malts, pure Canadian maple syrup, vanilla, oak, raisins, and brown sugar. This was quite good, and certainly taxing on the palate. Long cognac and maple finish.
rudolf (2326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím torn on this one. Purple/copper body. Obviously no head. Noise is pure port. Raisins, alcohol, maple, vanilla. Really boozy. Some aspects of oak/single malt. Flavor is that of a lighter port. Lots of malt & raisin. SOme nuttiness. Really boozy. Feels like it evaporates off my tounge. Caramel, orange, vanilla, maple, brown sugar. I just donít know. Very alcoholic finish with grapes and brown sugar that linger forever.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. 2003 vintage. Hazy, strong dark brown amber ale having pronounced scotch whiskey aroma. No discernable carbonation. Full-bodied having creamy maple syrupy texture that starts with moderately sweet malt with pronounced whiskey, prune, raisin and maple syrup flavors, and trace of light bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness and no discernable bitterness. Pronounced alcoholic warmth. Very much like a liquor (a beer liquor?). A very delicious beer that is best served as a digestif.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Still. Medium amber color, very oily looking leaving viscous legs along the sides of the glass. Massive aroma, knocks you back a step. Loads of maple, some cortland apple, vanilla, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Flavor starts out with maple, floowed by some hot alcohol, vanilla and brown sugar again. Very light and airy on the tongue, doesnít burn nearly as much as youíd expect. This is some crazy stuff, JC.