alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one wild beer. Itís been plenty rated so Iím not sure I have a lot to add to the fray. I gotta say thereís just a ton of maple and brown sugar both on the nose and in the mouth. I have so much admiration for Sam Adams for dreaming up this beer and having the guts to actually make and sell it.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to rooftoprogue for sharing this with me and my wife. What rare treat. Probably the coolest beer bottle ever. When you smell the beer from the bottle, you get notes of sugary maple syrup and a buttery nipple shot. Once in the glass, the aroma transforms, the alcohol comes in and it smells like brandy, cognac, with a maple backdrop. Pours copper brown with no head or combination. It looks like liquer, not beer. Very rich sipper. Very strong, with flavor of port, maple syrup, brown sugar, alcohol. Not a beer in the traditional sense. But this is the most interesting and best "extreme" beer I have ever had. Thanks again Rob.
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy orange/amber and of course no head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, raisins and nuts. Alcohol.ish. Liquor and rum. Some cherry chocolate. Fruits and alcohol in flavour with some salty liquorice. Sugary. Vanilla. Liquer. A bit butter-ish and smokey.
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 Ė 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 donít know how to rate this as Iíve 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 (25225) - 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 (16116) - 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 06í, 07í, and 08í.: 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 (2729) - 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!!