dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
festival of barrel aged beers 2004. the aroma is brandy-like, the color is dark amber, and the taste is definitely brandy. iím sure there was barley and hops (read the commercial descriprion), but they were hardly distinguishable. i loved this beer.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i almost fell out of my chair at the freakiní frog when the owner told me they had this behind the bar...i immediately ordered a glass and it was worth every cent. aroma reminded me more of a nice scotch than a beer, with hints of port wine and some caramel malts and yeast. the pour was again, more reminiscent of scotch, as it clung to the sides of the goblet as i swirled it around the glass. the color roughly matched the bottle it was poured from, copper, but a little more on the amber side, and had absolutely no head at all. the flavors progressed beautifuly from some sweet malts though a port vein, into a nice smooth scotch/cognac flavor followed up by the same malts that started the whole thing off. each sip tasted better than the one before, as the smooth scotch flavor lingered on the palate to lead the way to the next sip. the mouthfeel was thick as the beer coated the inside of my mouth and gave a nice warming sensation on the way down, but not a single hint of the abv affected the flavor. this was an unbelievable experience in both flavor and texture...if i didnt know what it was before hand, i would never have even believed it to be a beer.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Itís hard to consider this beer. It tastes very much like sweet Armagnac or Amontillado. In has a deep copper color and no carbonation. The aroma is full of toasted nuts, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oak. Its sweetness balances its high alcohol very nicely giving it a very creamy mouth feel. In fact, itís very much like eating alcoholic creme brulee from a wooden spoon. One of the most unusual "beers" Iíve ever tasted.
twindadplus2 (587) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Offered a sample as an apology at the Sam Adams brewery for having to cut the tour short (apology accepted :-).
Golden copper colored with no head. Sweet full aroma of honey malt, citrus, spices and alcohol, reminds me of a good cognac. Thick mouthfeel wth strong flavors of sweet malt and fruit and lots of alcohol. The finish is strong and fiery but still very smooth with just the slightest hint of bitterness.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep warm Armagnac color with warm orange glow. Looks shiney, thick, very dens and has no head at all. The aroma is sweet and reminds me to the Centenaire version of Grand-Marnier. It has also has hints of honey, nuts, almonds and peppercake with a flair old vintage Bual Madeira. The taste is round, sweet and sweet spicey with hints of agorn sirup, brezilliŤnne nuts, Marc de Bourgogne, triple sec liquor and some cofit of ginger. This is more liquor than beer but very interesting and complex. Thanks to BierkŰnig who shared a glass with me in his most interesting beershop (Olbutikken) in Copenhagen. Thanks Jeppe for letting me taste this very rare and outstanding brew.
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden copper colored with no head. Sweet and very full aroma with a warming alcohol tone. Honey, berries and spices - more like a dessert wine or portwine than a beer. Very full and warming flavor with warming alcohol tones - not overwhelming. Sweet with honey and spices. Soft and sticky mouthfeel. Extreme of course, but very well balanced and actually very tasty. I donít like liqour at all, but I really like this one, so I guess it must have some kind of beer character. Fortunately I have 2 more bottles :-)
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After a 13 hour drive to PA, and getting lost and being stressed beyond belief, thanks Egajdzis for letting me sample this beer on arrival. Amber color with no head. A brandy sniffer with alcohol jumping up your nose. The flavor is mainly alcohol and very very sweet. I taste some cherries, caramel, and oranges. Something to sip very slowly. I enjoyed it.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 Amber colour with no head. Malty nose with some oak and a nice balanced sweetness and alcohol. Flavor has some dark fruit sweetness and a cognac like alcohol touch. Thanx Jeppe for sharing this special beer.
Thanx to yespr, I had one more sip of this wonderfull beer. This one, bottle # 315, seems more balanced and smooth.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Thanx to Jeppe from ōlbutikken for letting me try this one. Copper colour with no head. Heavy cognac fruity alcoholic aroma and sweet sweet taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming finish. 7-3-6-4-16
Bottle vintage 2003 #315 thanks to Yespr. A amber beer with no head. Heavy malty, fruity and alcoholic aroma and taste, cognac like. Medium to full body with a strong sweet warming alcoholic finish. A sip a day chould keep the doctor away!
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(on strange little bottle, thx for sharing Jeppe) Small lash of alcohol, like cognac hits the nose at first. It disapears fast and becomes more of wood and sugarconservated wallnuts and mead. taste is aflow with warmth and powerfull notes of rottenfruits, sun and tons of malts. Finish is warming and a bit acidic. Weird brew indeed.