heemer77 (5098) - 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 (2541) - 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.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. I have to thank my wife for this one, she waited in line at the Sam Adamís tent while I waited for Raspberry Eisbock at the Kuhnhenn tent. This to me is the most puzzling beer that one can rate, because at this point, it didnít taste much like beer to me any longer. Other high alcohol beers I have sampled such as Dogfish 120 and Barley Johnís Barrel-Aged Rosieís Ale still tasted of beer to me. This reminded me of Scotch more than anything else, but Scotch after one adds a bit of water. The Scotch alcohol burn wasnít there in the least. But lots of butter, toffee, and vanilla on the palate. This is an experience more than anything, and in that sense, if you can get 25 friends together, its probably worth 5 bucks each. Revised after a more extensive sampling at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. I like this stuff more each time I have (the third time now) perhaps because Iím prepared for the fact that it is more akin to hard liquor than beer. Notes of orange peel and maple syrup struck me this time. Adding one point for palate and one more for aroma. Overall should go up, but man this is expensive. Iím glad Iíve never had to pay for it.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 8/14/2005: Sampled at GTMW. The aroma is like fingernail polish remover and malts. Looks like scotch. Tastes buttery and scotchy but no burn like scotch. WAAAAAY over-rated. Iím glad I didnít have to pay $100 for this. 6, 3, 7, 4, 13 = 3.3
02/16/2010: Thanks Bill. 2009 vintage. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with no head. Sexy lacing. The aroma is deeply distilled caramel and some strong alcohol. Light amount of acetone. The flavor is sweet malts that are heavy and syrupy. The palate is huge. Deep malts that are syrupy but not sticky. Medium-full body.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled (two samples actually) at the brewery during the BA Jim Koch tour.
Pours a rich auburn with zero carbonation, zero head. I would describe this beer as having "nice legs" like a wine or port. Smells of sherry. I have heard it compared to cognac but I have no frame of reference there. Vanilla, oak, alcohol, and bright caramel and molasses all intermingle in the nose.
Sherry is the flavor that dominates here but lets break it down a little. Roasty caramel, vanilla, hints of black currant and oak. Alcohol is a bit pronounced but not as much as I would have expected. This beer is refined and sophisticated, not rough. Lightly sticky in the mouth with a dry finish. A sipper to be sure but a tasty one.
CarpexxxDiem (6) - ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Part of the cost of this beer can be attributed to the artistic 24-ounce bottle in which it is packaged. The copper-finished ceramic bottle was designed to look like a brew kettle, although it also resembles a command module from the U.S. space program in the Apollo era. A sliding door on the bottle reveals a portrait of brewer-patriot Samuel Adams. Five kinds of malt ó including two German smoked malts ó are used and all four varieties of the "noble hops," three Germans ó Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Spalt and Tettnanger ó plus the spicy Czech Saaz.
Several different yeasts are used, including champagne yeast, which is able to handle higher alcohol content.
The beer is then aged for more than a year in Scotch, cognac and port barrels. Utopiasí appearance and taste is more that of a sherry than beer. There is no carbonation, thus no head. The amber-colored liquor gives off a warm, complex aroma with more than a hint of alcohol. My first sensation was a strong vanilla flavor backed by a subtle spiciness that I couldnít identify. Cinnamon, perhaps. And then, yeehaw, a warm, smoky glow of alcohol, not unlike you would find in a single malt scotch.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled at House of Brews in Manhattan. Thanks to a kindly stranger who bought $10 1 oz. samples for my roommate and I after we talked to him about beers for a while. Aroma is initially and overpoweringly maple syrupy. I have a personal disgust for maple syrup that is almost unrivaled due to a dare I took one fateful August, but thatís another story. Needless to say, I could tell this was not the brew for me. There was quite a bit of alcohol and bready yeast in the aroma as well. The flavor matches up exactly. I can hardly get past the maple flavor to drink it, but behind that, thereís plenty of alcohol in this self-proclaimed "strongest beer in history" (Hair of the Dog Dave ring a bell, anyone?). Sticky, liqueur mouthfeel. Copper color with zero head. No noticeable carbonation. Beautiful bottles; awful beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2335) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Small sample from a bar in NYC. I think this is the smartest way to drink this one considering the bottle is $100. I paid $10 for one ounce, but I got about 2. Ok. First two things have to be said. 1: This is not beer. 2: This is cheese. Ok. Now that thatís been said...
Aroma is overpowering with vanilla. The alcohol is obviously detectable, especially in the taste. It tastes like brandy mixed with some syrup and loads of vanilla. It was good but it definitely isnít beer. Even after finishing the aroma in the glass was overpowering. Absolutely no lacing or ílegsí on the glass. Good stuff, but wonít/canít have again. Definitely not for everyone. But compared to their triple bock, this stuff is Utopia.
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 vintage at the Freakiní Frog. $20 for one ounce. This beer presents a real dilemma for me to rate. It does not taste like any beer I have had. The alcohol is overpowering to say nothing of the maple syrup. What do you compare it to? Certainly not a SN Bigfoot. Dark oily liquid. Very strong cognac-like aroma. Swirl it and the liquid hangs on to the glass like a liquor. Flat and still. 50 proof maple syrup! Very thick on the tongue. NOT a patio beer or an everyday beer. Too high alcohol content and flavour for me.