masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Had a Pint of this last night. Just kidding, 1 oz pour for ten bucks. Normally I donít think thatís enough to get a good taste, but this stuff packs a lot of punch. Smell is familiar, rum?, cognac?, and real maple syrup. Smells quite alcoholic as well. Taste is much less alcoholic, reminds me of some fine liquer, except a lot more complex. Maple Syrup up front, vanilla, hints of wood, bourbon, spices, dark fruits, carmelized sugar. This was really interesting. I wonder if I will get another crack at it.
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 cl @ GlÝd,Oslo
March 20, 2014
Its like drinking a good madeira or portwine.
Dark brown in color and a bit thick,No head or carbonation.
Aroma is malt,dark sugar,a bit vanilla,alcohol and some dried dark fruits.
Tastes a bit sweet and warming due to high ABV.
A nice small taste as a dessert drink.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Fairly dark but clear copper color with a slight ruby hue. Obviously there isnít any head but it has a thick and slick look.
S - Alcohol heat comes out strong but it doesnít detract from other aromas. Strong caramel and brown sugar. Touches of dark fruit and vinous aroma along with some vanilla. Sweet, thick, syrupy aroma with a strong alcohol aroma.
T - Alcohol burn is surprisingly well hidden. Very complex with sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and syrup providing the background. Some dark fruit from the port also comes out with a slight vinous flavor but mostly plum and raisin. A nice vanilla kick shows up occasionally. Butterscotch and toffee are also pretty strong.
M - Medium to full body with no carbonation. Very sticky with a warming but not burning feel. Great to sip on.
D - Very nice sipping beer. Warming but not burning feel with increasingly complex flavors. Wonderful beer to sip on for awhile.
Notes: Had a 1 - 1.5 oz snifter at The Sanctuary in Iowa City. Very nice beer to sip on with amazing flavors and a nice warming feel. Alcohol was surprisingly well hidden. I loved how the barrels affected this beer; they really helped make this an excellent sipper.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
got a tiny pour for $20 from a random bar. it was amazing though. i hear complaints that it isnít beer, and thatís true, but who cares? aroma is a lot like a young brandy: bursting with dried fruit like raisins and prunes but balanced by an alcoholic sharpness. malt is obviously there, distinguishing it from a brandy and giving the sweet aroma another dimension. taste is not harsh at all, nicely sweet with a bittersweet and alcoholic finish. texture is smooth but a bit grainy, sticky and with a finish to last the rest of the evening. definitely something to try, and hopefully more than once....
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Pours thick, viscous honey-gold with no head (of course). Aroma is deeply fruity - fig, apple, orange, raisin, alcohol. Taste is also fruity with some notable hop bittering/bite up front. Long, lingering alcohol burn - quite pleasant. Going to savor this one a small glassful at a time.
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.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2010. Flat mahogany. This is all about raisins. Heavy raisin aroma, heavy raisin taste. Did I mention raisins? Think mashed raisins mixed with a splash of vodka and add some more dried fruits to that.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Itís hard to consider this beer. It tastes very much like sweet Armagnac or Amontillado. In has a deep copper color and no carbonation. The aroma is full of toasted nuts, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oak. Its sweetness balances its high alcohol very nicely giving it a very creamy mouth feel. In fact, itís very much like eating alcoholic creme brulee from a wooden spoon. One of the most unusual "beers" Iíve ever tasted.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
So this is rating #500, and I have to say itís one of the more challenging ratings to write. Very little I know about beer applies to this brew, so Iím going to fly by the seat of my pants. Clear amber colour with no head. Aroma is conac, scotch and alcohol. Flavour is like a finely blended spirit, sweet and syrupy yet balanced by the alcohol vapour and warmth. Lots of wood, alcohol and dates. Thanks Andy (Landseer) for this one-of-a-kind experience.
RussianDragon (568) - - MAY 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Vintage bottle. Shared with durwoodx and loinis. Pours a deep chocolate brown, translucent with light barely passing through the haze. Still, no lacing and major legs as the Utopias glass is swirled. Aroma is huge - maple syrup, oak, vanilla, bacon, cocoa. Flavor is nearly indescribable - smooth yet complex. Toffeee, port, peat, brandy, and oak with vanilla. Alcohol is barely present - masterfully hidden. Always an occasion to have this.