Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this at the Extreme Beer Festival in Boston, 1/29/05. I had low expectations after having tried their Triple Bock, but this one was nothing short of phenomenal. The color and aroma are very Scotch/Cognac like, basically a very oaky liquor, but this had a hint of malt sweetness in it. The flavor was that of a very smooth blended scotch, again with just a touch of sweetness in the finish, with notes of butterscotch and toffee. The 1oz sample I had was probably the perfect quantity, though I wish Iíd had it in a snifter. Worth $100? Maybe between a group of friends.
macdeffe (52) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard to guess this is a beer in blind tasting. It is like a good whisky with low alcohol content but still filled up all other components giving the whisky itís taste. Being first and foremost a whiskydrinker I find this very interesting. It shows you how important the wood is for whisky and itís likes
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber, no head.
Extremely malty; whiskey, cognac...
Very sweet and fruity. Vinous, apricots. Very present alcohol.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
GABF Sampling: liquor and scotch aroma, vanilla tasting, very light color, milder taste, cloying, carmel, scotch
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At FOBAB í04. Wow this is not what I would call beer, with no head and high alcohol. This "beer" was very clear and orange colored. The nose has an alcoholic and slight maple syrup scent. When tasting, there is big alcoholic burn that makes you think you are drinking hard liquor but there is some sweetness coming through after the first sip.
Frank (2297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried mine at the festival of barrel aged beers. It poured a nice copper red with no head. Without carbonation and with such high alcohol it comes across more as a bourbon or maybe brandy liquor rather than a beer. I guess thereís nothing wrong with that though I still prefer beer that tastes like beer (whatever that means). Smooth and thick on the palate despite the big alcohol presence. Lots of maple a big wallop of vanilla--just generally a nice, spicy warming beer.
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 FOBAB 2004: If I didnít know differently, I would have thought I was drinking a thick brandy. It was a headless, uncarbonated copper-toned concoction. It had a sweet, brandy-like aroma. The malts could be detected, caramel and toffee, but subdued by the intense alcohol presence. Iím sure this is hopped, but they go undetected in the drink. Obiously, this was a very warming drink. Very enjoyable, too.
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robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2003: Tasted October 30, 2004. Brown/Amber Coloring. No Head. SWEET MERCY! Full of wonderful aromas and flavors...Caramel/Honey.. Vanilla, Whisky and Definitly Has some Herbal Qualities to it.. This is Really BEYOND Beer....but VERY wonderful and VERY not cheap... Overall, DAMN FNIE BREW!
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I rated this a bit different for one reason...this is not beer! More of a cognac which while I loved it if a beer I was to open smelled like this Iíd really have to think again. So my notes are as follows. Golden brown with no head. Smells a bit like tawny port w/hints of scotch and brandy. Heavey w/burning finish. Not beer, lots of nuts, banilla, very rich. And sherry like notes of salt air. Awesome substance...not beer!
ElGaucho (2140) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Vintage. Obisbeer arranged to acquire this and seven of us split the cost of this "beer". Classified as a barleywine, and perhaps that is the closest beer style to it, but Iím not sure any beer style can adequately define it. Incredible nose. Nuts, bourbon, mead, port, hazelnut, brandy. Flavor is more like cognac, scotch, bourbon and port than it is beer. However, there are definitely malty notes that continually remind you this is NOT one of those other liquors. A truly unique beverage without an equal. Worth $100? I donít know. A slick piece of marketing by putting it in such an attractive copper brew kettle package. I would imagine that the kettle adds significantly to the cost and perception of value. If you can do it like we did, and split it between a bunch of people, or if you are independently wealthy, go for it. You wont be sorry.