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.
tmongoose (1865) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle to baby snifter. very unexpected treat that was shared with many. the pour was medium clear brown with no head. the aroma was maple syrup and booze underlying that which is tough was some dark fruit mix of raisin and fig maybe plum. the couple of sips was pure bliss of maple syrup and booze full flavored from tip of tongue to belly. truly an experience and thanks for the share whoever bought this one.
AndyW68 (1258) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Crystal clear brown with a yellow halo. Aroma is raisins, dark fruit and alchohol. Taste is a raisin liquor. Sweet start. Bitter on back of tongue, and light alcohol burn. Very good. Could not see drinking more than one.
mariuspoenari (42) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dark amber / golden brown liquid, thick, with no carbonation and no head. It looks a lot like a darker brandy, with the alcohol sticking to the sides of the glass when you move it around.
The smell is incredibly rich, something between a bourbon, a cherry and a brandy (as far away from beer as I have ever smelled), blended with caramel, vanilla, raisins and, of course, alcohol, especially right after the pour.
As was expected, the taste is quite complex. Rich caramel sweetness up front, together with vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, notes of bourbon, a bit of wood and much, much more. Figs and other dried fruit right after that - raisins and dried plums - as well as dark cherries. A very nutty aftertaste, with different flavours unfolding after every sip.
The body is viscous and thick, and the alcohol is at 29%, yet this is incredibly pleasant to drink, much more than any spirit that I have tried.
Christpuncher (2268) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
not sure how to describe this. had a 1.5 oz pour at binnys tasting room in lincoln park. aroma of cognac..more like a port wine than beer. pours cherry in color with no head. very boozy flavor and it is really syrupy. smooth taste with a cognac burn at the end.
Habanero (3429) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled as Utopias10th Anniversary. Pours clear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits and spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with an alcohol burn. Full bodied, syrupy texture and flat carbonation. An excellent Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Maarten1993 (625) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank @ Borefts 2015 (friday). Thanks Thijs for sharing. Really awesome. I like barley wines and this is a hell of a barley wine. The sweetness (also vanilla) was perfectly balanced. Very nice structure, soft, alcohol. Love it.
UncleKorm (1138) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
At GABF, poured a clear dark brown hue w/ no head. Big sweet boozy aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are maple syrup and malt. Syrupy mouthfeel.
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MarcoDL (3199) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Borefts 2015. This beer is somewhat of a legend, so I was worried it would be a let-down. Aroma of strong vanilla and raisin, nice. Taste is really rich, with lots of vanilla, boozy raisin, caramel and long warming finish. Very tasty and very awesome.
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
small sample shared by thijs at borefts 2015. poured a hazy amber colour. nose of caramel, maple syrup, dark fruits, alcohol, molasses, vanilla sweet buttery notes. butterscotch. figs. full bodied thick mouthfeel. finally had the chance to try this one!
beechner224 (977) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10th anniversary blend, shared by dan. Pours a dark Amber. Aroma is huge dark fruits, booze, sweetness. Aroma can knock you over. Taste is light, immediately evaporates as it hits your tongue. Iím afraid to take a larger sip, but this is super good stuff.