JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense alcohol burns but is surprisingly overtaken by pure, tree-tapped maple syrup flavor. This maple syrup is where all the flavor is hiding. Notes of vanilla, port, caramel, even some dry grassiness (but not at the finish where I'd expect). Finish is short and swift, burning alcohol and more maple thickness. Palate killer, so beware if you are trying it at a festival, it took many pieces of bread and some water before I could get a grasp on by tastebuds again.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A swamp murky brown color with no head. The alochol aroma circles the beer a good 8-12 inches above the glass. As I pulled in closer the brandy, wood, oak, nuts, maple, and vanilla asserted itself. I was almost afraid to put it to my mouth - I mean - what could this possibly taste like. Inhaling while taking this expensive liquid to my mouth, the alcohol starts to burn my nose. What springs forth is initially very sweet and dessert like, but as the syrupy full bodied beer sits but a few moments longer it releases the maple, vanilla bean, toffee, and caramel. As it slides down the throat everything burns, and in its wake a sweet maple and wood aftertaste lingers minutes longer. Thanks to Nuffield for the sample!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Several things that need to be said up front: This is not beer, its more of a barley port, I have always loved port, and there is no way in hell I'd pay $200+ a bottle for this beer. Now down to the rating. I can't tell you another beer that is remotely similiar. I tried not to like it, god only knows I hated their triple bock, but I liked it and would love to serve it as a desert liquer. Sweet and unique.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown honey colour - completely still. Aroma of tequilla, some honey, very thick hot caramel, butter, and vanilla -> intoxicating. A silky mouthfeel, that coats the tongue, mouth and throat all at once, amazingly smooth. Very sweet, but a plesant sweetness that isn't too much - like a light and fluffy piece of vanilla cake with creamy frosting. Flavours coat and linger - which in this case is a good thing, not as harsh as its 'triplebock' cousin and the WWS (23%).
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In comparison to the Millennium, i think this falls a bit short of the mark. The appearnace of this one was quite murky, lots of dark pruny fruits, with some oaky, nutty vanillin flavours. This however has much more noticable alcohol than the Millennium, and the finish is a little shorter. Still an intersting beer, and a rare one to come by, particularly in Australia.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This was amazing. Had I been handed a glass of this I would not have thought for a minute it was beer. It pours with a satisfying "glug glug glug" out of the copper kettle bottle, no head of course and a dark apple cider color. There is a liquor/brandy-like aroma, suggesting some vanilla. The first sip clearly reveals the powerful alcohol, not so much in the flavor but because it made my whole mouth numb. Then there are some nice woody, nutty (hazlenut), raisin, vanilla and caramel veins. The tingle and burn in the mouth, with the subsequent hit on the head, makes this a "beer" experience I will only rarely repeat. Thanks to John Wheeler for sharing one of his bottles!
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Is it a beer or a cordial? Tried this at the Fest of Barral Aged Beers in Chicago. I was very impressed with complexity found in this beer with such a high alcohol content. As you sip this, the alcohol does not overwhelm you, but seems to impart a tequilla flavor over the entire profile. Fairly sweet with overtones of vanilla, cherries and raisons. Very warming but not overly harsh in bite. A truly unique beer that would make a great after-dinner sipper.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a hint of red. Extremely strong aroma, so much so, that you should start while still several inches/feet away from the glass. Alcohol, wood, and raisin/grape are strongest, and then apple, honey, and as was pointed out to me, Tequila, come out in the aroma. Really sweet and sticky, though not the alcohol burn I expected. Grape, vanilla icing and butterscotch. The biggest heat came after I swallowed, as the burn rose up my throat. Rather drinkable, and not nearly as bad as I expected, but not my style.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While not quite as powerful as the Millennium, the Utopias has similar fruity and nutty flavors, with a stronger touch of the whisky barrels in which it was fermented. Like it's older sibling, though, the Utopias dances on the tongue and leaves you with a pleasant sensation, and a bit of a 'ping' in the sinuses. Quite nice.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (3-ounce sample at Avery's Boulder Strong Ale Fest).
Body is dark orange-brown.
heavily malty (caramel),
with strong notes of whisky, alcohol, butterscotch, and cask wood.
heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Unusual and interesting, but thin/watery, alcoholic as hell, and sticky sweet. Not as bad as feared, but not as good as hoped.