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!
fmbrewing (12) - Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I tasted this beer at the great taste of the midwest. I happened to be standing at the Sam Adams booth and one of the event organizers came to the both and asked the pourer, "I hear you have some really strong beer?". The guy behind the booth took out this silver and glass bong shaped bottle and poured him like a finger of this syrupy good stuff. As I just happend to be standing there, I also asked the Sam Adams guy if I could have just a taste. He poured my a tiny bit and I asked him "what is this stuff?". He said, "Itís the strongest beer in the world!". I loved it, it was like doing a shot of brown sugar liquor and it smelled like heaven. That 25 proof goodness packs a wallup!
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Still dark topaz colored liquid. Long legs when swirled in the glass. Hot aroma of vanilla infuse walnuts. Flavors of caramel, maple and Amaretto. Syrupy. It sets awhile and some odd cutting fluid aromas come out. A novelty brew. One Iíll share form time to time just to show off a high alcohol brew. Thanks John.
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again generously shared by Bierkonig at his shop in Copenhagen. Very strong smell of brandy, and heat. Tastes super smooth, with sweet toffee. Burns the throat - like liqueur or summat similar. Smooth and warm will be itís epitaph, though I didnít really get the beer here.
DaFriar (1) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites, but most people wouldnít classify this as "a beer". Very unique complex flavors: nutty, toasted,molasses, initially moderatly sweet with slightly sweet finish. Dark brown with no head, good body and no fizz. Drink at room temperature like a fine brandy, but much smoother. Aroma pleasantly vanilla-maple. A great sipper and change of pace for special occassions
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2003 vintage bottle. Poured a very pretty dark amber that is almost ruby. The hot aroma has walnuts, alcohol and maple. Makes you think of a good brandy. The taste is maple and cherries. There is also some very slight smoke and a vineous character. Very warming and this wants to be sipped. Whiel excellent and different, not worth that huge price tag. Thanks for sharing, JPDIPSO.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting courtesy of the generous JPDIPSO. Mostly clear and cider brown in color with impressive vinous legs. Aroma could have its own TV show. For the time I had with it, I was able to discern rubber cement, golden raisins, honey, hot alcohol as it seeps into the nasal passages and a walnut trait that John pinned right on the nose. Hot and seeing on first touch. We just burnt off the tip of the tongue. Down 10 taste buds later, weíre working with a caramel and maple sweetness. Quite a dactylic fairytale. Accents of amaretto coffee syrup by consensus. Maple oak vat filled with syrup. Sweet, gliding and dissipating. Quite a nice sipper.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a 2003 shared by John... wow what a beer to open and share.
Pours a brown golden color no head but has legs like a nice wine. Smells heavily alcholic fingernail polish scotch and walnuts. Palate is hot but well coated and creamy. Flavor is maple syrup sticky malt scotch and more raw alcohol. A good beer but not worth that price tag.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. I have to thank my wife for this one, she waited in line at the Sam Adamís tent while I waited for Raspberry Eisbock at the Kuhnhenn tent. This to me is the most puzzling beer that one can rate, because at this point, it didnít taste much like beer to me any longer. Other high alcohol beers I have sampled such as Dogfish 120 and Barley Johnís Barrel-Aged Rosieís Ale still tasted of beer to me. This reminded me of Scotch more than anything else, but Scotch after one adds a bit of water. The Scotch alcohol burn wasnít there in the least. But lots of butter, toffee, and vanilla on the palate. This is an experience more than anything, and in that sense, if you can get 25 friends together, its probably worth 5 bucks each. Revised after a more extensive sampling at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. I like this stuff more each time I have (the third time now) perhaps because Iím prepared for the fact that it is more akin to hard liquor than beer. Notes of orange peel and maple syrup struck me this time. Adding one point for palate and one more for aroma. Overall should go up, but man this is expensive. Iím glad Iíve never had to pay for it.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 8/14/2005: Sampled at GTMW. The aroma is like fingernail polish remover and malts. Looks like scotch. Tastes buttery and scotchy but no burn like scotch. WAAAAAY over-rated. Iím glad I didnít have to pay $100 for this. 6, 3, 7, 4, 13 = 3.3
02/16/2010: Thanks Bill. 2009 vintage. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with no head. Sexy lacing. The aroma is deeply distilled caramel and some strong alcohol. Light amount of acetone. The flavor is sweet malts that are heavy and syrupy. The palate is huge. Deep malts that are syrupy but not sticky. Medium-full body.