chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok - just the facts: 24% ABV - $100 / bottle. Huge doesn't begin to describe this beer. Insane in it's strong flavor. Rasins, candy, vanilla, coconut, alcohol and malt - all at a Spinal Tap shaming volume level of 15 on a scale of 1-10. I'll take a second try in 25-50 years after this beer has settled down a bit! Very difficult to review since NOTHING is even close to it and it's in a category by itself. Well, almost - Dogfish Raison d'Extra is 22% - and both are pretty similar. If I had a choice between the two right now, I'd probably go Sam Adams (not sure if it's a machismo thing because of that extra 2% or whether it tastes better). Who cars - after 1/2 a wine glass you're buzzed and they both taste like some NASA creation.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jcalabre for sharing some of this with me. Wow! Totally unique, more like a sweet cognac than a beer; a dessert pleasure. We appropriately finished a high-end tasting session with this wonderful creation. A specialty to savor live and in memory later.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2003 A Huge Thanks to hopsrus for this one
Appearance: Crystal clear reddish/brown color. It pours w/ no head.
Flavor: Tastes like a liqueur. It is buterscotch/cognac taste
Aroma: alcohol, butterscotch
Overall: simply beautiful. The alcohol flavor is extremely well hidden, which I appreciate. This is beautiful to drink. Great job.
JoeM500 (1904) - 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 (2546) - 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 (3666) - 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.