hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Bottle (’09)... This beer rocks!... Bottle… Clear deep crimson ale. The aroma is a sumptuous intermingling of medium sherry, vintage port, chocolate, toffee and assorted berries. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and a rumor of carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of port, sherry, buttery caramel and boozy brandy. Sweet, hot finish. Nearly unbelievable that the foundation of this is malted barley. World class all the way! Thanks go out to otakuden for her generosity!
****Original rating**** Bottle #06757 (’05)... Crystal clear, copper/amber ale with no head. Smells very much like dark sherry or port. Notes of vanilla, oak, dried plum and alcohol. The flavor pretty much matches the aroma. It’s also meaty and a bit heavier in alcohol. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic/dry finish. The ultra high ABV is well-disguised, but not entirely hidden. Then again, completely hiding an ABV of 25% within a bottle of beer would be like trying to hide an elephant behind a single tree. Oh, and did I mention this stuff is pretty darn spendy? Thanks to Argo0 for the sample! (Original Score = 3.8)
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 #100!!! Almost 2 years to climb this ladder. 18 more years to 1000. ;-) Flat amber, zero head. Nose of cognac, vanilla, maple syrup and honey. Tastes similar, but add additional notes of ginger, tropical fruit, brown sugar, and all that is sweet. Full bodied, syrupy, alcoholic finish. Thanks for sharing argo0!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maple-laced cognac aroma. Sticky amber appearance. Brown sugar, barley, dried apple tempered with fig notes at first...followed by candied ginger and pineapple in the finish. Warming but doesn't burn. Decadent--the perfect nightcap.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ambrosia, nectar of the gods, as advertising and sam adams would have you believe. Coloring is a deep rich reddish amber. The aroma is VERY strong, akin to a cough syrup or some of that blue moon moonshine. The aroma has been known to kill a man at twenty paces. Amazingly strong alcohol content just from the smell. The taste is like a very strong fiery brandy. WOW, as it blazes a fiery trail down my breastbone to my stomach. More of a strong liquor than a beer.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not beer, it is liquor. It has a way too thick maple texture with bourbon notes.
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Copper kettle bottle) Many thanks to my friend Argo0 for this - I hope my parents splurge on Millennium so I can return the favour one day. I must admit - I had doubts, after all - I had had a 3-year young Sam Adams Tripel that had me crouched at Le Mondiale de la Biere in Montréal. Pours a syrupy, thick orange body. Completely headless. Intensely complex. Nose of brandy. Flavours of smooth, high-alcoholic beverage with brown sugar and vanilla. Absolutely great and fine follow-up to the Jadwiga Mead. Man was I spoiled at Jeff666's party!
whitehorse1975 (2) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great beer, absolutely lovely.honestly fabulous
to be tasted by every beer lover.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn't realize that this was argo0 birthday present. Aroma is alcohol, sweet malt and chocolate. Apperance has no head with brandy color. Flavor is alcohol through the notrisils with sweet brandy, maple syrup without overbearing sweetness. Ovearll, excellent representation of barleywine. Thanks again to argo0 for the sample.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massive, powerful and complex aroma, with characteristics of toffee and caramel, butterscotch, maple and brown sugar, vanilla, faint herbs and dark fruits and quite a bit of fiery, peppery alcohol. To me, very reminiscent of single malt scotch. Brilliant, light-medium clear copper color, still and coating the glass thickly. No head or lacing to speak of. Extremely flavorful. Hot and alcoholic, with a darkly sugary counterpoint. Some faint woodiness to be found late. Thickly smooth and considerably warming mouthfeel. What a unique creation. I sniffed this for a good twenty minutes before giving it a taste. Agree that this is totally outside any experience with beer I've had to date. I must admit, however, that it seems difficult to justify consumption of this during a season other than winter.
argo0 (12113) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle #06757) No head, mostly clear amber. Aroma is alcohol -- cognac/scotch. Taste is cognac & scotch, medium sweet with nice alcohol warming/moderate burn. No carbonation in the very full body. I don't care if it meets the technical criteria for a beer, it's not a beer. Still, a very good experience, even if it's ridiculously overpriced. So thanks Mom and Dad for finding a birthday gift for me last year that you knew I'd never get for myself.