Kevin (2102) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
hazey dark yellowish brown. aroma is dry green raisins and alcohol. very unsettling. burning alcohol taste that is hard to get past. pepper and woody tastes are also present.too much alcohol and not enough flavor. this was not a pleasant beer experience.
rlgk (11421) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I struggled a little with this at first. Is this really a beer? Anyway ,it is good... Malty whisky-aroma with some cognac. Flavor is vinous, salty licorice and fruity from apricot and apples. The body is incredible.
pilsnerrogge (2533) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 Amber coloured with no head. Sherry aroma. Very sweet flavour with a late touch of raisins. Perhaps too strong for it’s own good.
omhper (19930) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Bottled. Reddish brown, thick, no head. Balsamic port like aroma. Very sweet and woody. Immensly malty and extremely rich. Warming and complex. Strong oak barrel character. More like cognac or madeira than beer, and even though I find it gimmicky and overly pricey I must admit that I really like it.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sampled bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Amber coloured, no head of course. Very rich and strong aroma of port, alcohol, butter, nuts and raisin. Bitter warming and port like flavours of cherries, walnuts, raisin and alcohol. long bitter and warming aftertaste. Too exreme to be called a beer? Maybe.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small sample @ Stockholm Beer Festival
Very, very rich aroma. You (almost) don’t have to drink it. Sit down in your favourite sofa and just smell it for an hour or two. Quite close to a good port. Sweet and complex taste with fruits (all of them) all over. I wish I could afford a bottle...
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle, I thought whiskey at first, but vanilla and some orange creeped in. Brownish orange color. Bitter flavors, ABV, whiskey, carmel. Syrupy bitter warming finish. Tasty, though a tad harsh for real enjoyment. Had this at the end of a big beer session maybe a tad burnt out at the time
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small sample, courtesy of TAR and cb, thanks SOOO much guys! Cognac, wood dust, vanilla and butter in the fabulously complex nose; also bitter orange, alcohol and anise notes developing late. In the body, hugely sweet, but with a massive alcohol warmth throughout, warming and throat-glistening as it should be in a liqueur...brown sugar and some lovely bitter herbs, thme and myrrh...buttery finish. Phenomenal, even better I think that the Millenium I was lucky enough to sample a few days later.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Another crazy brew from our friends at the BBC. Strong. VERY STRONG. Cannot drink this(besides for the price factor) like a 12oz beer. But something every beer fanatic should have once in his/her life. Tried once, enjoyed. Will accept it if offered in the future. But the price just puts it out of reach for me.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
So this is rating #500, and I have to say it’s one of the more challenging ratings to write. Very little I know about beer applies to this brew, so I’m going to fly by the seat of my pants. Clear amber colour with no head. Aroma is conac, scotch and alcohol. Flavour is like a finely blended spirit, sweet and syrupy yet balanced by the alcohol vapour and warmth. Lots of wood, alcohol and dates. Thanks Andy (Landseer) for this one-of-a-kind experience.