Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is lightly caramel colored...smell is sweet with port, sherry, alcohol...beautiful...taste is alcohol and maple syrup...
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to JPDipso for sharing this unique brew! Pours a murky brass/copper color, no head. Glass almost has "legs" (Learned that from John!) Aroma of nail polish remover, maple syrup, amaretto coffee syrup, alcohol, brandy. Flavor is also extremely complex, you can definitely taste the alcohol on this one!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2006 GABF 2005. 2 oz. sample poured by Jim Koch while he was being filmed, which was amusing. Flat, clear, rich brassy gold body. Dizzying alcohol hits first followed by a bouquet of bourbon pecan pie. Flavor of alcohol, molasses, pecan and other nuts. Sticky and ultra-sweet. A fun, decadent sipper.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At $10 / shot in a brew bar in NY Iím not sure what to expect, but I know it wonít be ordinary. And itís not. Reddish gold ó looks like a single malt thatís been aged in casks used to age port. Good looking for a scotch, but not for a beer. Mouth feel is too flat for a beer ó no carbonation ó and too syruppy for a scotch. Taste is interesting ... nutty, with strong taste of alcohol and dried fruit ... but not great. In the end I have to call it a real disappointment ... for the price you can get a GREAT scotch ... or half a case of Dogfish Head World Wide, or even half a case of Westvleteren. This is an interesting experiment, but not a triumph. And, given the price, I just canít get too excited about how the experiment turned out.
frankenkitty (1991) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At $5.00 an ounce this BETTER be good...
A terribly thick amber/orange with no head, Utopias gave the initial impressions of brandy or scotch. Aromas (that could kill a cow) were total brandy with oak, cherry and bakery. My wife got a contact-high across the table from the scents that emenated. Flavor was heavily sweet and highly alcoholic. There was a big nuttiness to finish & linger... pecans with honey and brown sugar. Full-bodied and syrupy. This baby actually made me sweat. Not so much a beer as something much, much more.
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RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barrel Aged Fest 2004: Cognac or beer? I donít usually have this difficulty differentiating between the two. Or is it brandy, for godís sake. SYRUPPPY! I know this is meant as a joke, right? Or maybe even rum? I sip gingerly but still canít control the shivvering effect this sucker has on my system.
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderful aroma very reminiscent of a cream sherry. Not very balanced with a sweet and heavy malty mouthfeel. Where are these four noble hops? Flavors of vanilla and maple are predominant. Finish is a bit hot and harsh. Quite a strech to call this one a beer. May be an involved and expensive brew to make, but the result is little more than a nice sherry.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper, no head. Strong alcohol aroma of model cement, along with some fruit and scotch-like malt. Alcohol shows up in taste, along with some fruit featuring blackberries. Great sipping drink.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish-brown with, of course, no head. Leaves thick legs on the side of the glass. Smells like a very nice cognac. Wait, Iíve never smelled a very nice cognac, but Iíve had mid-range ones, and this smells better than those. Also very sweet: maple syrup, caramel, vanilla. My first sip was too big and almost made me throw up; it was like taking a shot of thick and sticky rum. In smaller amounts the alcohol and the sweetness are more contained, though itís still pretty sickeningly sweet. Maple, caramel, and oak are the most pronounced flavors, with alcohol coming in at the end to mop everything up. Overall, like a very sweet rum mixed with cognac and fortified wine. Definitely for sipping. It does what it was meant to do--it shows the other extreme of the beer spectrum--and it gets points for that. I, however, canít stand rum.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flat syrupy amber, nice teardrops. Strong aroma of caramel, fortified grapes and raisins. Very warming sticky sweet toffee flavour. Nice, thanks for sharing Jeppe!