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.
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear rusty brown with no head. Aroma is alcohol, brown sugar, wood, toffee, raisins. Boozy on the palate, sweet with an alcohol burn on the finish. Taste is raisins, brown sugar, maple, sherry, fig. Boozy but great.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating number 1200!!!!!!! Been wanting to try this beer since 2005. Aroma has tons of burnt sugars, caramel, licorice, toffee, booze and herbal hops. Dark amber hue with no head. Flavor is very sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with no carbonation. Overall an insane beer that is completely over the top. Loved the complex malts and beautiful amber hue. Just insane and a perfect 1200th rating.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winner of a sample at Taps 25 in East Lansing, MI. Ruddy brown with no head. Big, bold, boozy with massive Caramelized sugar and butterscotch. About as bold as it comes. The richest beer dessert there is, and quite a surprising treat!
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle at Mikkeller Viktoriagade, cost about £10, 02/03/14.
Murky dark mahogony brown with no head.
Nose is big booze, rich fruit, herbal tones, light smoke, dark fruit rinds, tobacco, leafy, earthy.
Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sherry tones, sweet demerera sugar, booze, dark fruit peel, dates, leather.
Full full bodiment, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Solid stuff for the ABV which doesnít come across anything like 27%!
anthony850 (206) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at EBF high alc. A little fiery going down with a hint of fruit.
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sudomorph (375) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bottle. Pours a clear caramel/ruby colour with huge legs and no head. Aroma is massive and complex. Slightly tart with notes of chocolate covered cherries, dark fruits, maple, alcohol, vanilla, and bourbon. So much going on. One of the best smelling things Iíve ever had. Taste is sweet and complex with dark fruits, maple, and chocolate covered cherries.
Full body with no carbonation. Syrupy texture paired with a sensation that attacks the tip of the tongue. Alcohol warmth but not a harsh alcohol flavour. Very mild and rounded. Overall the most complex beer Iíve had. An experience for sure. Lots of dark fruits, and dark cherries with a huge aroma and aggressive mouth feel. Awesome!
glennmastrange (2143) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of caramel,light cooked orange and perfume for the hops, moderate beef broth for the yeast, with raisin, dried fig, toffee, tawny port and lots of alcohol. There is no head, no lacing, but it does have good legs. Color is clear mahogany. Flavor startes heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is heavily sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, ether-like with no carbonation and a harsh alcoholic finish. Iíve seen the good and the bad reviews of this beer, and after one try, I love it.
Aaron68 (486) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 cl @ GlÝd,Oslo
March 20, 2014
Its like drinking a good madeira or portwine.
Dark brown in color and a bit thick,No head or carbonation.
Aroma is malt,dark sugar,a bit vanilla,alcohol and some dried dark fruits.
Tastes a bit sweet and warming due to high ABV.
A nice small taste as a dessert drink.
Jrwhitney6 (239) - - MAR 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours honey amber color with no had and no carbonation. Wonderful nose - sherry, raisins and fig. Taste is very sherry like, sugary with raisins. I do not get "beer" at all. Still, this was excellent.
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Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At common table with Taylor. Pours flat ruby read bronze cloudy. Aroma is huge musky earthy sherry, molasses. Taste is pungent molasses fig. Itís a slow sipper obviously, but a beautiful fig sugar plumb flavor that is savory and very nice. The burn is really soft and warming in a great way. I just need a fire, and a cigar.