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 I’ve 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, it’s somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at John’s 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 I’ve 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, I’d say the 24 ounces probably isn’t "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? What’s 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 can’t 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, I’d say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you won’t feel so guilty when you’re staring at the gorgeous empty bottle.
Gorm (94) - sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
En smaksbombe! Lukt av bek og tjære. Smak av sherry, rødvin og andre fruktige smaker. Melkebaren.
nilsas (73) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
En utrolig herlig lukt rødvin og kanel og kirsebær. En skarp nesten sherry lignende smak. En utrolig god øl som desert øl. Et øl man bør drikke vann mellom hver munnfull for å få frem den fulle smaken. Minus er pris.
isleofman (6) - oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
72 cl flaske, 225 kr for 4 cl. Purpur rød farge. Minner om fatlagret sherry mer enn portvin eller cognac. Tørket frukt og karamell i smak. Tørr finish. 4 cl virker lite for en øl men den drikkes som en typisk avec, og smaken eksploderer i munnen. Varer lenge.
Beerathon (590) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the 10th Anniversary- 29.3% ABV.
Deep dark levels of fruit and malt.
Small sips, small sips.
snzcujo (274) - RUSSIA - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from the bottle, @Mikkeller bar, Copenhagen, 04/05/2013.
Pours ultra muddy, ditty dark brown, with some particles floating in it.
Aroma is phenomenal, no alcohol at all! Raisins, dried fruits, some port notes, slightly woody.
Taste is immediately warming, but with signs of booze again. A lot of sweetness, dark fruits, cherries, plums, slight tart cherry notes in the end.
Aftertaste is alcohol tickling, with lovely sweet prunes character.
A beer to drink on very special occasions, for sure -
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
lushawn (2645) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. big sweet boozy cognac caramel. raisins, okay in small doses. low on the budlight drinability index. not really my kind of "beer". tricky to drink. okay in danish pours.
magdalar (498) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at Mikkeller&Friends from the 10th anniversary. Smells intense, of sweet brown sugar, alcohol. Tastes sweet, intense dark fruits, and tons of alcohol. Palate is harsh alcohol. Finishes sweet and strong.
jmikolich (1112) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, at Hank is Wiser, priced per oz. danish style ( lol) 2011? bottle I believe.
Rich caramel elixir, smells super rich decadent even and taste is no surprise. big strong flavors of caramel and vanilla come through no real burn though which I expected at 27% thats the most shocking thing, how smooth this is. great sipping stuff. glad to try this.
Patrickctenchi (1682) - columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Line share at DLD: 10th Anniversary 29%
copper/brown....no discernible head.
Boozy bourbon,caramel, wine aroma.
Flavour of dark wine, fruits, caramel...
Almost a chocolate/sugary, molasses feel...
Amazingly smooth for the ABV...though it does sting and kick a bit.
Many thanks to the generous folks who wanted to share a taste!
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (shared by a great guy at DLD13). Orange, cherry alcohol aroma. Dark amber color. Very sweet vinous plum malt flavor. Cinnamon in the finish. Very pleasant sipper (obviously) - surprisingly smooth.