elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jcalabre for sharing some of this with me. Wow! Totally unique, more like a sweet cognac than a beer; a dessert pleasure. We appropriately finished a high-end tasting session with this wonderful creation. A specialty to savor live and in memory later.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. 2003 vintage. Hazy, strong dark brown amber ale having pronounced scotch whiskey aroma. No discernable carbonation. Full-bodied having creamy maple syrupy texture that starts with moderately sweet malt with pronounced whiskey, prune, raisin and maple syrup flavors, and trace of light bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness and no discernable bitterness. Pronounced alcoholic warmth. Very much like a liquor (a beer liquor?). A very delicious beer that is best served as a digestif.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Fantastic....that really sums this brew up. I let a few friends sample it the other day and just sat back and laughed. One felt (as I) that this stuff rocks. The others said "This ain’t beer...there’s no foam, no fizz." I told ’em that carbonation ain’t a requirement. All you need for beer is some fermented grain...add a little yeast and your’re there. You don’t even need to add hops----but that’s a very bad idea. It kinda reminds me of a cross between Grand Marnier, a fine port, and a nice sipping rum. I like the brandy-like aroma. The taste yields maple and vanilla flavors. Very alcoholic...seems more than 25%. I’ve got several bottles. If I compare the two I’ve opened the big difference was the color. One was definitely lighter copper-red. The body is very thick. This stuff is no joke expensive, but I think buying one isn’t the worst thing you could do. The bottle is too cool. Everyone who sees it comments on it. I really like sipping this while I relax before bed. Yum.
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours thick brown with essentially no head or carbonation. Aroma absolutely beautiful with bourbon, malts, spice. Powerful sweet taste of caramel, molasses, bourbon, brandy. Finish of liquor with minimal hops. Palate full and syrupy but not unpleasant. Glad I got to try it.
bigguns22 (767) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle from 2003 . This is a beer that truly made me smile . Some good friends brought for a new years party . Pours with no head and cognac in color . Aromas are medium in power but complex alcohol, butterscotch, raisin and a little caramel . A lot of people alway talk about how much of a alcohol flavor this beer has but it the good kind like a high end scotch or cognac . Smooth and full of dark fruit flavors raisins the most noted . This is a great and special kind of beer that may not be loved by all.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
hand bottle fromthe fermentor: pours dead with no head, deep brown colour with some light coming thru.aroma is alcohol , almost whiskey like, dark dark fruits, some whiskey soaked cherries and a faint thint at some vanilla. flavour wow, like taking a shot of bourbon lots of heat but still you can get some good flavours of the oak and vanilla, caramel and the cherries fromthe nose are present. finishes very smooth with an alchol kick.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep warm Armagnac color with warm orange glow. Looks shiney, thick, very dens and has no head at all. The aroma is sweet and reminds me to the Centenaire version of Grand-Marnier. It has also has hints of honey, nuts, almonds and peppercake with a flair old vintage Bual Madeira. The taste is round, sweet and sweet spicey with hints of agorn sirup, brezilliènne nuts, Marc de Bourgogne, triple sec liquor and some cofit of ginger. This is more liquor than beer but very interesting and complex. Thanks to Bierkônig who shared a glass with me in his most interesting beershop (Olbutikken) in Copenhagen. Thanks Jeppe for letting me taste this very rare and outstanding brew.
dreamflower (753) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample in snifter. A little pleasantly oily on the palate. Tastes of woodsy molasses. Strong alcohol, molasses, bit of citrus aroma, honey and vanilla aroma. Very nice to tibble.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is crazy stuff! I’ve only had it at festivals like the GABF or NHC so I’ve never been able to sit down and try it! Thanks to the customer who brought some of this in for me!
The pour is a clear copper color with no carbonation and thick streaming “legs” on the glass as you swirl it. The nose is very warm and nutty with a lot of maple. The flavor has hazelnuts, vanilla, caramel, figs, and maple that finishes pretty hot, but not as hot as you would think. It defiantly is more like a port wine than a beer. Worth a try if you can get it.
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 10th anniversary. 2 oz sample into a Glencairn, thanks Tom. Pours a deep clear burnt amber/red that looks like a port or sherry. Nose is massive and complex. Lots of oxidized notes; sherry/port tannins, booze, brown sugar, maple, vanilla, salted caramel and oak. Incredibly rich and concentrated. Runs the gambit of sweet to savory. Taste is much the same. Dark fruits, oak, caramel and toffee, maple, and oxidized sherry that just lingers and lingers. Very complex but still drinkable and inviting. Coating mouth feel with a pleasant alcohol burn on the finish. This reminds me a lot of aged Triple Bock (sans ’97) but with the bad qualities replaced with excellent ones. Such a pleasant and wonderful experience. Perhaps not worth the coin and it does stretch the definition of beer but it is something special for sure.