HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At FOBAB í04. Wow this is not what I would call beer, with no head and high alcohol. This "beer" was very clear and orange colored. The nose has an alcoholic and slight maple syrup scent. When tasting, there is big alcoholic burn that makes you think you are drinking hard liquor but there is some sweetness coming through after the first sip.
Frank (3344) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried mine at the festival of barrel aged beers. It poured a nice copper red with no head. Without carbonation and with such high alcohol it comes across more as a bourbon or maybe brandy liquor rather than a beer. I guess thereís nothing wrong with that though I still prefer beer that tastes like beer (whatever that means). Smooth and thick on the palate despite the big alcohol presence. Lots of maple a big wallop of vanilla--just generally a nice, spicy warming beer.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 FOBAB 2004: If I didnít know differently, I would have thought I was drinking a thick brandy. It was a headless, uncarbonated copper-toned concoction. It had a sweet, brandy-like aroma. The malts could be detected, caramel and toffee, but subdued by the intense alcohol presence. Iím sure this is hopped, but they go undetected in the drink. Obiously, this was a very warming drink. Very enjoyable, too.
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robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2003: Tasted October 30, 2004. Brown/Amber Coloring. No Head. SWEET MERCY! Full of wonderful aromas and flavors...Caramel/Honey.. Vanilla, Whisky and Definitly Has some Herbal Qualities to it.. This is Really BEYOND Beer....but VERY wonderful and VERY not cheap... Overall, DAMN FNIE BREW!
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I rated this a bit different for one reason...this is not beer! More of a cognac which while I loved it if a beer I was to open smelled like this Iíd really have to think again. So my notes are as follows. Golden brown with no head. Smells a bit like tawny port w/hints of scotch and brandy. Heavey w/burning finish. Not beer, lots of nuts, banilla, very rich. And sherry like notes of salt air. Awesome substance...not beer!
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Vintage. Obisbeer arranged to acquire this and seven of us split the cost of this "beer". Classified as a barleywine, and perhaps that is the closest beer style to it, but Iím not sure any beer style can adequately define it. Incredible nose. Nuts, bourbon, mead, port, hazelnut, brandy. Flavor is more like cognac, scotch, bourbon and port than it is beer. However, there are definitely malty notes that continually remind you this is NOT one of those other liquors. A truly unique beverage without an equal. Worth $100? I donít know. A slick piece of marketing by putting it in such an attractive copper brew kettle package. I would imagine that the kettle adds significantly to the cost and perception of value. If you can do it like we did, and split it between a bunch of people, or if you are independently wealthy, go for it. You wont be sorry.
badgerben (4612) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 2003 Vintage; Tasted October 30, 2004: Sweet mother of mercy... Clear, mahogany color with no head. Swirll it around; itís got legs! Aromas of vanilla, brandy and Scotch. Oh man, the flavors just keep rolling out of the glass: malt, raw barley, honey, caramel, whisky, finished off with an almost herbalness. Good gravy. I concur that this pushes the boundary of what can be considered beer, but Iíd drink this any time.
GABF 2014. Brown color. Aroma and flavor are much the same... big molasses, rum, sugar and raisin. Thick and syrupy. Large alcohol burn. Glad I got to try it again.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003.Clear and the color of scotch.Very complex nose as you are going to say shit this smells like port or is it cognac or maybe it is bourbon.anyway this really is a "beer" that one could sniff and not even need to drink.Or is it a "beer".This is actually very nice and very flavorfull.All the different Barrell-agings are prevalent.Not bad but not a lot of beer qualities.
JFGrind (1912) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis also hooked me up with a sample of Utopia. Had this one near the end of our sampling session. My notes on it read, "Butter scotch schnapps...whiskey...I canít drink this...". Just too complicated of a barleywine for me. I sampled it with hopdog and I think his rating is close to mine.
hopdog (9854) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to egajdzis for giving me a sample of this one! Poured a medium to dark amber color with no head. Strong alcohol aroma and tastes. Whiskey like. Sweet with fruits. I probably knocked up some of the numbers a little just because of how hard and expensive it is. Good after dinner sipping beer.