brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review is from a 2007 bottle.
A: The pour is flat (as I expected), and a lovely caramel/copper color with a nice reddish hue to it.
S: The nose really has some wonderful things going on. Rich caramel, maple, vanilla, and a slight chocolate aroma that I really did not expect. The only knock on it is that the alcohol can burn the nostrils a bit.
T: While the alcohol is still of course very present on the palate, it’s much more manageable. The maple, vanilla, caramel, brandy, brown sugar, and chocolate flavors are intense and absolutely wonderful.
M: While the flatness really doesn’t work with most beers, I find it to be quite nice with this one. The body is absurdly full and rich.
D: I was honestly expecting to not like this beer. Once I gave it a sniff and a taste, however, I became a believer in it. And should I have a couple hundred bucks to spare, I would pick up one of these.
Oakes (15472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 fresh 2011: Bright fiery-amber brown and flat. The aroma is mapley and woody. Sweet with alcohol tingle, and the maple emerges later to make a contribution to the finish.
oxidized 2011: Muddy amber and flat. Mapley aroma with alcohol. Rich caramels. Soft and sticky. Rich malts and dates and maple with lots of alcohol tingling the tongue. Finishes sweet and with hints of wood and alcohol. 7-3-7-3-15
old 2002 rating: Fiery amber, still; Firm, alcoholic aroma w/ vanilla, bourbon, malt, nuts. Notably phenolic palate is sweet, very mapley, with a bracing slap of alcohol. Very smooth, oily palate; sweet, liqeurish finish. Big time dessert beer - tastes like it was brewed with maple sap instead of water.
Dedollewaitor (15469) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Odense September Tasting, 2012. Thanks Pundarquartis for providing. 2009 Vintage. Pours dark unclear with small bubbles on top. Nose is alcohol, dark fruit and caramel. Noticeable alcohol. Prickly alcohol. Vinous and smooth. Lots of vanilla and bourbon. Oily and sticky. One hellova sipper.
chrisv10 (15165) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ MikkellerBar. Hazy dark brown/orange with no head. Aroma is malt, fruit, toffee, caramel and notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, fruit, toffee, dark fruits, caramel, little oxidized, warming with notes of alcohol.
Theis (15116) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ØLbutikken - thanks to Yespr. Cloudy deep orange - no head. Raisins, high hoppy, bread, alcoholi, brown sugar, lots of dried dark fruits, portwine-like. Powerfull and light alcoholic afterburn. Very delicious, but not as fantastic as I hoped !!
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kettle. Pours dark caramel. Nose and taste of maple, oak, burnt caramel, toffee and vanilla. Very smooth and sweet with a whiskey-like alcohol finish. Full body.
gunnfryd (14043) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Patricks, Kristiansand. Amber colour no head. Flavour is alcohol, plum, madeira, port wine, dried fruits, malt. Nice beer to drink slowly.
bhensonb (13978) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. This beer has legs. The aroma is cognac. A hint of maple when it comes close to the nose. Very thick body with hardly any carbonation. There is heat. It burns down the throat. It’s a bit maple-like, and rather woody. Some brown sugar in the finish. Much more impressive than the Triple Bock.
mcberko (13883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 oz. pour from bottles courtesy of Dave and Gerry (thanks a lot guys). Pours a cloudy, dark orangey brown - zero head. Aroma is like a cognac or sherry, with lots of booze, stone fruits (plum, raisins) and roasted nuts - beautiful on the nose. First sip reveals a palate literally like syrup, with flavours of cognac and sherry, thick caramel / maple syrup, dried fruits (figs, dates, raisins), boozy and very high sweetness level. Incredibly rich and complex, even if cloyingly sweet. Miles better than other stupid-high ABV beers I’ve had. Quite the treat in small quantities.
Benzai (13591) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 2009 bottle @ Sorbon, Bromma. Huge thanks to Afram for letting me taste this! Clear dark red color, no head. Smell is very powerful: sweetness, alcohol, liquor. Taste sweetness, alcohol, burning warmth, pretty fruity actually and liquor. Sticky, lightly oily texture, full body, medium carbo. Pretty extreme!