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 (2689) - 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 (11897) - 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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold. Nose is of a liqueur. Tastes like pure brandy, bit of butterscotch. Mild burn, but thatís expected considering the strength. Better than expected, and was actually worth the cost. OK, to be fair, I didnít actually pay for it. Was definitely worth free. Thanks argo0!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks a bunch argo0! Dark amber syrupy body with no head. The aroma is rubbing alcohol with sweet malt, butterscotch, earthy notes also. The flavor is nice, vanilla, sweet, nutty, and alcoholic. Thick massive body. An interesting brew that sems hardly like a beer to me. Worth a taste but the price is a bit crazy.
TheBeerGod (5456) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HUGE thanks to argo0 for letting my try a beer I'd never thought I'd ever even see! Vintage 2003. Bottle #06757. WOW! Reddish body with zilch going on in the head department. Aroma is huge! Malt, dark chocolate, ALCOHOL, butterscotch, etc. This is very liquor like and less beer like to me, but whatever. Surprisingly not a lot of alcohol burn with this. I noticed some chocolate and liquor notes in the taste and the alcohol was very present but not too intrusive. There's a brown sugar/maple syrup like taste as well, and I personally tasted some mead in it. I guess because we had it not too long after the Apis Jadwiga. Damn good and very drinkable!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange in color,very clear,no carbonation,no head.Aroma is of malt,chocolate,soy sauce,alcohol,bourbon,wood/oak,nuts-hazelnuts reminiscant of Frangelica.Flavor is of cherries,sherry,wood/oak,malt very dry finish that warms and burns on it's way down.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 Clear, with a light orangy color. No fizz or head. Strong alcohol aroma that reminds me of cognac. Strong burning caramely butterscotch flavor that hangs and twists in your mouth for a moment before dropping like a rollercoaster down your throat leaving firey tendrils licking behind it which linger for minutes afterwards. I think itís a stretch to call this beer. Itís damn good though.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn, this is like drinkin cognac, but very, very nice. Copper in color, no head and little if any carbonation. Not what I consider beer, even if technically this is what it its. Nevertheless, extreme!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04: My god this is an ass kicker. It is deep amber in color with the aroma of caramel and buttery scotch. It seriously tastes like a cognac. I really like this in very small doses, but it seems a little to strong to be a beer, thus the lower rating than it might deserve.