ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark flat super thick brown with nice legs in the glass. No head, no fizz, nothing...if it did though it would be weird. Aroma is dark fruits raisins figs malt and TONS of alcohol. Smells like a cognac, looks like a cognac....even tastes a little like one. Only a little in taste though at first its a sweet wallop of malt, syrup like palate with a cigar middle flavor. The aftertaste is nothing but an alcohol burn. And I mean BURN. I sipped a bit with a bit of water to get a flavor of the aftertaste and man what a great idea. Really opens up and displays caramel and vanilla notes when you can taste it beyond the burn. This is fantastic...albeit way over the top. I would never have thought to make something like this, so mad props to the sick bastards that did!
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smallest of pours, aroma of grape, green apple, brown sugar, and very boozy alcohol. Extremely complex. Very hot in the mouth, very much brandy, oaky, prunes. Interesting, not sure if I would pay for it again. But very nice.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007. Cquiroga warned me to have this at my peril, as it ruins your tasting glass and taste buds for a while. He was right. After having a few samples, I couldn’t get the oily, vanilla smell out of the plastic tasting cup for about half an hour and a few pours of acidic beers. Pours a murky brown, no head. Smells like a shot of bourbon with fruity whiskey oak and imitation vanilla very strong in the aroma. Upon the first sip, I wrote "strong ass" in my notebook; I’m pretty sure I’m referring to the push of the body and alcohol, rather than any particular ass-like qualities in the beer. Port sweetness and syrupy feel with grapes and brown sugar. The finish is more syrupy than the middle as the beer leaves a film coating the mouth. This is definitely an after-dinner sipper. While you can tell it’s there, the alcohol isn’t obtrusive or detracting at all.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Degarth, Ibrew2or3 and I almost bought a bottle of this a while back but missed out on the chance. I feared I would never get to try it due to the rarity and price. Thankfully there are some ungodly generous people on this Earth. Sample from the extremely cool and generous owner of Oldsmar Tap House. All we did was comment on his bottles above, in passing, and next thing we know he was pouring us all a sample. The 3 of us have been pining after this beer for quite a while, so this was aa real treat. Looks like a fine liquor when poured out, no head at all, and a beautiful deep caramel color. Completely still in appearance, this one looks like it’s going to put a hurting on you. Nose is huge, sure there is tons of booze there, but that can’t be helped, but behind that there is a large amount of tropical fruitiness, sweet nutty notes, caramel and toffee malts, some peat and some pungent perfumey type hop notes. The nuttiness, while apparent in the aroma, becomes a standout in the flavor profile. It makes this dangerously close to being too sweet and cloying, but I think the super high ABV cuts things enough and distracts your palette so it’s not a huge bother. Very viscous and substantial, this one coats your mouth and stays there for a long, long time. A perfect mouthfeel, wish I could give it higher than a 5. Tremendous amounts of phenol heat show up in each stage of this beer, but thanks to the small sample size, it’s manageable. A little dab’ll do ya with this one. Finish is lengthy, hot, nutty, malty, rich and decadent. Thanks, Tony!
twindadplus2 (632) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Offered a sample as an apology at the Sam Adams brewery for having to cut the tour short (apology accepted :-).
Golden copper colored with no head. Sweet full aroma of honey malt, citrus, spices and alcohol, reminds me of a good cognac. Thick mouthfeel wth strong flavors of sweet malt and fruit and lots of alcohol. The finish is strong and fiery but still very smooth with just the slightest hint of bitterness.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is in a class all its own. Fire red color. Butterscotch dominates the aroma and flavor. Mix of cognac, burns like whiskey at times, but still has a malt backing pull it back to beer status. Very sweet as well. Tough drinking at times, even as a small sample. Glad I got to sample at extreme beer fest, and didn't drop $125 on the "bottle".
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Snifter at Tap Werks Rating NO 500. Syrup aroma, Light nutty almond aroma as well, No hops to speak of. Taste is very sweet,sweet like maple syrup, no hops in the taste just like Frangelico or Barenjager, ugh not that great, i could put it on my waffles, but wow this one is sweet., i really expected some alcohol but its really not prevalent. Just plenty of sweetness.
hamilton23 (618) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours a nice chestnut brown with no head at all.
S: Booze, booze and booze followed by candied sugar, some dried fruits, vanilla and a bit of candied nuts.
T: Sweet like a fine port or dessert wine. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla and candied fruit.
M: No carbonation, but who needs it with something like this. THis is a sipping beverage. Slightly oily.
O: Hard to even call this a beer. It really is like a sipping after dinner drink. Loads of complexity. It was amazing.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Every thing about this screams strong port. The aroma and flavor are both of honey, molasses, and alcohol. The alcohol is a bit harsh but the aftertaste is long and tasty. Thanks Aaron for being so generous as to share this with everyone at When Contients Collide 2.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to JPDIPSO for letting me take a nip out of his bottle from 2003. Super nutty aroma, tons of caramel nuttines and lots of alcohol. Medium brown in color with no head and nice legs. Flavors explode in your mouth like a scotch. I picked out butterscotch, smoke, caramel, toffee..it was very complex. Oily mouthfeel, nice and thick. This was an interesting "beer."