BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[GABF 2006 – Denver, Co]
A deep reddish color nectar. This was a high high in alcohol concoction. Beer it could have been but it was a liquor for sipping and only sipping. Jim Koch poured my brew and it was awesome. A mosh pit to get and a wonderful experience what a fun drink to have at the GABF. Thanks Jim.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF. What a treat. brown pour with great clarity and absolutely no head. oak, sugar maple, smoky aroma. huge maple sugar candy. brown sugar, maple and oak finish. I could feel this in my eyeballs? A definite treat and really don’t know how to rate this as I’ve never had anything close.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I tasted this at the 2006 GABF at the Saturday connoisseurs session. The best example of why moderation is the key to success. The beer is well made and interesting, but really it tastes like what it is - an attempt to get oneself in the Guiness book of world records. The alcohol smell is overwhelming as is the rich scotch nose and carmel nose. Surprisingly the beer is not that hot for as large as it is. But that really is not enough to save the beer. The flavor mimmicks the aroma. I ended up giving most of my sample to a friend that did enjoy the beer.
Back this thing down about 40% and it would probably rank pretty high in my mind. Ohwell at least it is interesting.
oh6gdx (24496) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (2003 vintage). Hazyish reddish orange colour, no head. Aroma is plum, fruits and alcohol. Exactly like a sweet Madeira wine. Plum, caramel, citrusfruits. Lovely one!
TBone (15622) - 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 (4959) - 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 06’, 07’, and 08’.: 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 (2718) - 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 doesn’t have that big alcohol taste its sweeter and more palattable. Definately some caramel flavors with a smoothness for the finish.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, 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 (16) - 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 I’ve tried it four more times (summer 06) and it’s getting even better and better each time.