flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FWE beer#7. Matt, you rock. The bottle was sittting there all nite, just taunting us. The second leg of teh Sam Adams Triple Crown run. This is the one beer I was almost afraid to drink. $90 a bottle, and 25% abv was enough to rattle me a bit. Again, in a snifTer. Head was one after a second or two. The apperance was like apple cider, getting darker from top to bottom. Smelled this one for a looong time. The first and most lasting impression of the aroma was tequilla, and then add in some vanila. There was so much more I just could not pick out. I balked twice at taking the frist sip. Alcohol, yes. After that, brandy and coginac tastes. Almost not a beer. Great experience though.
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 Amber coloured with no head. Sherry aroma. Very sweet flavour with a late touch of raisins. Perhaps too strong for it’s own good.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 The Lure:
Alcohol bombardment attempts to blind the nostrils but some deeply caramelized cereals can be perceived during the onslaught. You have to blink to protect yourself though.
This isn’t beer, it’s hard liquor and pancake syrup. Alcohol is everywhere, lingers and coats the palate. Perchance, earthy caramel and fruitiness can be found, redolent of some of their Triple Bock attempts, but that burning splash of ethanol I endure every sip of it is not very pleasurable. I respect the craft, but DFH has proved to me that high abvs can be thoroughly hidden in beer. This is well made, but it is not for me.
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (3-ounce sample at Avery's Boulder Strong Ale Fest).
Body is dark orange-brown.
heavily malty (caramel),
with strong notes of whisky, alcohol, butterscotch, and cask wood.
heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Unusual and interesting, but thin/watery, alcoholic as hell, and sticky sweet. Not as bad as feared, but not as good as hoped.
larsniclas (5852) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber, no head.
Extremely malty; whiskey, cognac...
Very sweet and fruity. Vinous, apricots. Very present alcohol.
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderful aroma very reminiscent of a cream sherry. Not very balanced with a sweet and heavy malty mouthfeel. Where are these four noble hops? Flavors of vanilla and maple are predominant. Finish is a bit hot and harsh. Quite a strech to call this one a beer. May be an involved and expensive brew to make, but the result is little more than a nice sherry.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was too strong and sweet for my taste,i know the hype behind this and i had a chance to try but not my style of beer but it would be a great sipping beer,like drinking whiskey.CHEERS!
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Firstly not a big barleywine fan, so now that’s out of the way. Very Boozy, of course, while it might be made of the traditional 4 ingredients found it beer, the high ABV has transformed this from a beer to something similar to cognac. A sipper for sure and if you’re a hard alcohol drinker this might be the beer for you. While I can appreciate it for what it is, nice to see something unique, I’d never pay for this and I just feel it’s more a publicity thing for SA then a attempt at a amazing beer. In super high ABV beer I’ll take a DFH 120min. any day of the week.
Roonai (295) - - MAR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
At EBF. Extremely grateful to have the opportunity to try this (instead of $$$$$). Poured HAzy Ruby Brown. Smell was sweet whisky booze and raison fruitiness. Taste was sweet (almost tart) maple booze... heavy on the booze. my notes ask ’Beer or Whisky?’ as it is a drink you would sip on like a fine liqueur . I could definitely ’taste the rarity’ but that was the best note in there for me. I like beer, not whisky. But if you like Whisky you will enjoy it. ugh, but that burn...
DYCSoccer17 (3436) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
3 ounce sample. The aroma is initially boozy with some oxidized, cardboardy, and sherry notes present. There are also some sweet, fruity, and vinous notes as well. The ethanol is heavy on the nose, and burns the nostrils. I also detect a little brown sugar, as well as some maple character. Very complex aroma with many levels, but the ethanol detracts and distracts. Transparent dark amber body with no head. Viscous, with good legging. Starts almost astringent, fruity, and rather sweet. Some oxidation follows and sherry flavors come through in the middle. Finishes a bit acetic and heavily ethanolic. I’d prefer a nice single malt scotch over this.