brownaler (508) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not beer, it is liquor. It has a way too thick maple texture with bourbon notes.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby red with an orange tinge, and not surprisingly, no head. The aroma is massive. There is definitely a lot of alcohol there, but loads of raisin, prunes and other dried fruits, rum, and slightly burnt caramelized sugar. Smells like a liqour, drinks like a liquor. Hot, oily, yet sort of dry in the finish. I enjoyed it, but probably not enough to pay that sort of money for one small glass again. Too hot, too sweet.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a deep amber/ruby with no head or lace. The nose was bourbon-esque with massive dark fruits, tons of alcohol, malt and caramel. A touch of maple syrup like character is also noticed. The flavor is vinous and ripe. Full of raisin, plum, butterscotch, sweet carmel and brown sugar. The finish is full bodied, bitter and all alcohol. This burnt like hell going down. Every sip steals your breath (not in a good way). Fortunatly I was able to sample it for free at the 2005 Great American Beer festival. At $100 a bottle you should try it; if anything to say, you’ve had the strongest beer in the world.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Love it. 2012 vintage. Caramel aroma with alcohol burn. Figs dark fruits. No carbonation. Very sticky to the glass. Rating 500. Would buy all bottles I could but wallet doesn’t allow that.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
03 copper bottle thanks to Hophead22. Pours a slightly hazy amber with no carbonation and no head. Aroma is a huge brandy blast, maple, vanilla, and a ton of alcohol. Flavor was surprisingly smooth and easy to digest, impressive. Very fruity with dates, figs and pear. Vanilla is strong and it’s quite sweet. alcohol is intense, but not over the top like expected. Mouthfeel is syrupy and flat. This is almost like a good dessert sherry or port.
Bawelt (487) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 25, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
J’ai bu la version 10ème anniversaire;
Une vraie belle expérience. Je crève l’abcès : oui, bien trop chère pour ce que c’est. Bouteille à acheter et déguster à plusieurs, entre connaisseurs (pas forcément de bière, les amateurs de cognac ou porto auront leur compte).
De manière générale, ce produit offre une incroyable complexité. Il y a de quoi se faire plaisir.
Nez : beaucoup d’alcool, ça fera pas de mal de la laisser respirer un quart d’heure. Beaucoup de rhum, de notes de vanille/chocolat, de fruits jaunes, un bourbon qui part franchement sur le biscuit, des notes plus douces et rondes de caramel, des légers airs de vieux porto et de très belles notes de Grand Marnier !
La bouche est très alcoolisée mais très buvable. Plus que l’agressivité, on ressentira surtout la chaleur dans la gorge. Le tout est incroyablement rond, liquoreux, très agréable et bien fait. La grande dominante est le couple vanille/caramel qui pète littéralement et en fait quasiment un dessert de premier choix ! Un peu de pomme. Moins de longueur qu’on aurait pu l’espérer. Mais celle-ci portera plutôt sur le bourbon/biscuit.
Très chouette, un vrai plaisir. A partager absolument.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Night of the Barrels: Had a wonderful cocoa aroma from the aging that complimented really well the abundant vanilla, caramel and slight dried fruit notes. Flavor was amazingly well balanced. I was expecting to feel as though I was drinking a liquor, but the flavor hid the alcohol extremely well. The cocoa seemed to mellow out the sweet malts and turn this into the most surpisingly good beer at the festival.
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was gifted a very small sample at the Brewers Day Piss-up at the Grand Central Hotel in Brisbane. A rich amber to red colour with a rich sugary alcoholic nose. Very complex flavours dominated by maple syrup, vanilla and port/sherry notes. Quite sticky mouthfeel with a brandyesque finish. Very nice indeed. If anyone feels the need to donate more to me, feel free!
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2007. The bottle was opened for the first time about a year before I sampled it.
Shiny amber color, clear liquid. Obviously no head.
Lots of sweet fruit aromas (apples, plums, cherries), raisins, brandy. Notes of wood and a hint of dusty cellar. Big alcohol fumes, but they are well integrated and the smell is actually quite balanced. Very rich.
The flavor is intensely sweet with notes of fudge and toffee, chocolate, nuts and rich aromas of ripe fruit. Boozy raisins, brandy and barrel notes. The taste is richer than the smell and more complex. A faint cellar character is detectable, but not as clearly as in the smell. The finish is really hot with lots of spicy and sweet alcohol and lingering liqueur-like sweetness.
Great mouthfeel. Big body with a very sticky and chewy texture. Completely flat.
I liked this one. Of course, it’s more reminiscent of a fortified wine or liqueur than a regular beer, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. A great sipper with a sophisticated yet cocky character.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok - just the facts: 24% ABV - $100 / bottle. Huge doesn't begin to describe this beer. Insane in it's strong flavor. Rasins, candy, vanilla, coconut, alcohol and malt - all at a Spinal Tap shaming volume level of 15 on a scale of 1-10. I'll take a second try in 25-50 years after this beer has settled down a bit! Very difficult to review since NOTHING is even close to it and it's in a category by itself. Well, almost - Dogfish Raison d'Extra is 22% - and both are pretty similar. If I had a choice between the two right now, I'd probably go Sam Adams (not sure if it's a machismo thing because of that extra 2% or whether it tastes better). Who cars - after 1/2 a wine glass you're buzzed and they both taste like some NASA creation.