hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited 2005 Edition. Bottle #00732. 24oz. Beautiful bronze/copper brew kettle bottle. Easily the most stunning bottle Iíve ever seen..downright impressive just to look at. Sam Adams signature engraved on the front, and on the back, copper sliding doors that reveal a picture of Samuel Adams. Bottom of the bottle is individually numbered in gold lettering.
Strongest beer in the world? Sure, itís somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City and took the only two bottles they had.
Served right around 60 degrees..let it warm to room temp as we drank it.
Pours a clear bronze/amber color..looks very much like cognac or whiskey. No head, lace, or carbonation, but it holds to the glass like syrup..very sticky consistency. Aroma is surprisingly alcoholic..smells stronger than many 40-50% liquors Iíve had...wow. Sweet smells of brown sugar and almost has a tequila-like quality to it. Interesting..
Tastes are incredible..very sweet & rich..dark fruits, brown sugar, smoky malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup....with a slight burning alcohol finish. Hop character is subdued by the huge malty tastes and alcohol bite. Very warming and has a wonderful complexity to it.
Overall, Iíd say the 24 ounces probably isnít "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? Whatís gold going for an ounce these days? Other great high-alcohol beers such as DFH World Wide Stout and DFH 120 Minute IPA are less than $10 per 12oz bottle, and are around 20%. You canít get much more unique, though..and it was nice to get the chance to try it. Goes down remarkably smooth and is surprisingly drinkable as well..the tastes linger on the tongue, and as soon as they fade, you find yourself yearning for another sip.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and can find this great brew, Iíd say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you wonít feel so guilty when youíre staring at the gorgeous empty bottle.
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby colored pour with no head. Aroma of port, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar. Flavor follows suit...very warming but not boozy or hot...beautiful marriage of barrel flavors and sweet brown sugar/fruit notes. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with a very warm bourbony/vanilla finish.
boFNjackson (4175) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured deep amber/crimson with no head. Aroma of brown sugar, maple syrup, and Port-like fortified wine qualities. Super sweet, mildly cloying. Maple syrup and Sherry/Port-like notes. No carbonation with full mouthfeel. Insanely boozy and potent. Lingers with alcohol.
boisebeerguy (86) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thank you Toby for this. Bottle from 2011. Poured thick and smelled of honey and booze. Was very sweet which helped cover up the high abv. Everything blended well and was very smooth.
BuckeyeBoy (2872) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage thanks to Toby. I have hid it fresh and with a few years much better. Pours out burnt orange amber no head. Nose is great it remind me of apis jadwiga. Sweet honey spice and lots of heat. Taste is sweet caramel spice peat smoke and lots of burn.
mike5326 (1020) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear light brown color. Medium sweet alcohol and malt nose. Full body with a sweet alcohol malt flavor and a full finish.
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Earlier Rating: 12/21/2013 Total Score: 5
Poured from a room temperature bottle. Medium brown color, no head. Smells of rich malt alcohol. Sweet thick body of nectar with a holy alcohol flavor. Yummy.
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Clownoisseur (267) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage, 2 oz. pour into tasting snifter. Amber/copper in color. Still, no carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, char, leather, overripe fruit and a wafting alcohol. Nothing subtle here. Taste is very sharp. Again, bold flavors of caramel, toffee, vanilla, leather, earth...a slight tang...and loaded with booze. Mouthfeel is syrupy and oily. Drinks like a liquor. Good stuff, appreciate it for pushing boundaries.
adasko (525) - Poznan, POLAND - OCT 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Niesamowite piwo. Najbardziej gładkie, aksamitne i miękkie piwo jakie kiedykolwiek průbowałem. Niesamowite bogactwo w aromacie i smaku. Wspaniałe alkoholowe grzanie w ustach i w przełyku. Cudowne piwo, niezapomniane przeżycie.
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Awesome complex flavor, but this is a beer in ingredients only. if you expect anything even similar to a strong barleywine, you;ll be surprised and/or disappointed. But the aroma of spices, vanilla, maple, and frikkin alcohol are great. Nothing comparable, except really good cognac, maybe..."
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark amber, no head or lacing. Aroma is woody, toasted malts and spices. Taste is woody, brown sugar, caramel and hot alcohols
Iíve had this a few times. Glad I was able to get it again. Awesome.
TXBadger (1552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at a tasting at Dallas Specís. Pours a clear copper color with no head. Caramel, spice, and some citrus and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. You can taste the alcohol on it, but the majority is still hidden. Not quite what I expected, different but good.