JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper, no head. Strong alcohol aroma of model cement, along with some fruit and scotch-like malt. Alcohol shows up in taste, along with some fruit featuring blackberries. Great sipping drink.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish-brown with, of course, no head. Leaves thick legs on the side of the glass. Smells like a very nice cognac. Wait, Iíve never smelled a very nice cognac, but Iíve had mid-range ones, and this smells better than those. Also very sweet: maple syrup, caramel, vanilla. My first sip was too big and almost made me throw up; it was like taking a shot of thick and sticky rum. In smaller amounts the alcohol and the sweetness are more contained, though itís still pretty sickeningly sweet. Maple, caramel, and oak are the most pronounced flavors, with alcohol coming in at the end to mop everything up. Overall, like a very sweet rum mixed with cognac and fortified wine. Definitely for sipping. It does what it was meant to do--it shows the other extreme of the beer spectrum--and it gets points for that. I, however, canít stand rum.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flat syrupy amber, nice teardrops. Strong aroma of caramel, fortified grapes and raisins. Very warming sticky sweet toffee flavour. Nice, thanks for sharing Jeppe!
fmbrewing (12) - Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I tasted this beer at the great taste of the midwest. I happened to be standing at the Sam Adams booth and one of the event organizers came to the both and asked the pourer, "I hear you have some really strong beer?". The guy behind the booth took out this silver and glass bong shaped bottle and poured him like a finger of this syrupy good stuff. As I just happend to be standing there, I also asked the Sam Adams guy if I could have just a taste. He poured my a tiny bit and I asked him "what is this stuff?". He said, "Itís the strongest beer in the world!". I loved it, it was like doing a shot of brown sugar liquor and it smelled like heaven. That 25 proof goodness packs a wallup!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Still dark topaz colored liquid. Long legs when swirled in the glass. Hot aroma of vanilla infuse walnuts. Flavors of caramel, maple and Amaretto. Syrupy. It sets awhile and some odd cutting fluid aromas come out. A novelty brew. One Iíll share form time to time just to show off a high alcohol brew. Thanks John.
DanielBrown (3598) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again generously shared by Bierkonig at his shop in Copenhagen. Very strong smell of brandy, and heat. Tastes super smooth, with sweet toffee. Burns the throat - like liqueur or summat similar. Smooth and warm will be itís epitaph, though I didnít really get the beer here.
DaFriar (1) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites, but most people wouldnít classify this as "a beer". Very unique complex flavors: nutty, toasted,molasses, initially moderatly sweet with slightly sweet finish. Dark brown with no head, good body and no fizz. Drink at room temperature like a fine brandy, but much smoother. Aroma pleasantly vanilla-maple. A great sipper and change of pace for special occassions
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2003 vintage bottle. Poured a very pretty dark amber that is almost ruby. The hot aroma has walnuts, alcohol and maple. Makes you think of a good brandy. The taste is maple and cherries. There is also some very slight smoke and a vineous character. Very warming and this wants to be sipped. Whiel excellent and different, not worth that huge price tag. Thanks for sharing, JPDIPSO.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting courtesy of the generous JPDIPSO. Mostly clear and cider brown in color with impressive vinous legs. Aroma could have its own TV show. For the time I had with it, I was able to discern rubber cement, golden raisins, honey, hot alcohol as it seeps into the nasal passages and a walnut trait that John pinned right on the nose. Hot and seeing on first touch. We just burnt off the tip of the tongue. Down 10 taste buds later, weíre working with a caramel and maple sweetness. Quite a dactylic fairytale. Accents of amaretto coffee syrup by consensus. Maple oak vat filled with syrup. Sweet, gliding and dissipating. Quite a nice sipper.
MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a 2003 shared by John... wow what a beer to open and share.
Pours a brown golden color no head but has legs like a nice wine. Smells heavily alcholic fingernail polish scotch and walnuts. Palate is hot but well coated and creamy. Flavor is maple syrup sticky malt scotch and more raw alcohol. A good beer but not worth that price tag.