JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled in 2003. Clear, dark amber coloured, with small short lived head. Rich, roasted, sweet, malty, alcoholic aroma, with some intense fruit in there as well. Flavour is initially extremely sweet, settling down to just very sweet as the alcohol kicks in. Complex, full bodied with a great mouthfeel, but the alcohol is too much in your face, for me, masking I suspect what lies beneath. I’ll have to try an older vintage.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
001 bottling, 2003 drinking. The last time I had this was the 2000 edition, with label proclaiming "Das Starkste Bier Der Welt", Guinness Book of World Records. This one says "The World’s Most Extraordinary Beer". Utopia and World Wide Stout have robbed them of the former claim, and as for the latter boast...
Color is clear and dark red, with a small, dunnish, and vanishing head. Aroma is enormous: on first cracking the crown, it leaps out of the bottleneck and pervades the room. So let’s get a closer sniff...
Deep, heady, woody, burnt, huge with alcohol, brimming with brandy, cognac, rum characteristics, along with cherries, licorice...but overpowering the flavor is the heat, searing and fierce. Powerful impact on the palate, the tongue feels burnt on first taste! Is this something I want in a beverage? This bier does travel smoothly down the throat, to say the least! Not nearly finished with the bottle, I can feel my senses dying off, utterly destroyed by this bier’s impact!
I love a barleywine, and hold strong stouts dear to me, but in this one, there was too much sauce and no meat! I can’t comment on the flavor, for all I could taste was the booze!
Perhaps it was too early to drink, and I’d have better luck with a properly vintage bottling.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2002
Pours a copper color with lots of effervescence and an off white head. The head diminished quickly and left a fine sticky lace. The aroma is malty and astringent with some fruity ester background. The flavor is sweet with an astringent middle and a slight peppery bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, medium bodied, smooth and slightly effervescent.
Because of this beer?s high abv, it is important to taste it at a cellar temperature
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. Sampled at 60 degrees F. Lots of muscle here. Pours deep amber with a thin white head as expected. 14% alcohol makes its immediate presence on first sniff. Somewhat dominates the dark fruit, port, molasses aromas which could be a bit more upfront. Lots of malty dopplebock characteristics. VERY sweet initially. Like a spoonful of molassses and liquid malt extract. However, the 14% cuts in quickly to tame the sugar rush down a tad. I’ve got 2 more buried in the back of my beer fridge that I hope to vintage for a few years. Got a feeling this improves even more with age. Very unique and well worth the $15/sixer.
pineypower (2549) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boasting the 14% ABV I may have expected a little more from this beer. It pours out the color of Jack Daniel’s with signs of a very slight head. It has a somewhat malty/fruity aroma. The taste to me is somewhere in between and double bock and a Belgian dubbel with sweet notes and a little bite going down....not a bad brew, but not my favorite
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of a fat azz BBQ. orange color. mouthfeel is thick. instantly stings the tongue.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head. Nose had hints of dried fruit, soy sauce, maltiness. Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth. Flavor was sweet, alcohol. Essence of sherry or port or some fortified wine. Anyway, it was quite good.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with a very thin head that disappeared very quickly. Sweet (very), a little vanilla, fruity and well masked alcohol aroma. The aroma brings Trois Pistoles to mind. Plums, table sugar, and molasses are super prevalant here in this malty concotion. This stuff is super sweet but also complex. More flavors may arise if you let it warm a little. At 14% you’d think this stuff would be like cough syrup. Much better flavor than World Wide Stout. Alcohol well masked but noticeable. Not good for social affairs but good for the last call of the night.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hum, smells like Alcohol. Go fig, it’s 14% (and thus my last beer of the evening...probably). Wow, very complexed flavor that is quite tasty. You really don’t taste the alcohol until the aftertaste. By far the beer highlight of my evening.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong alcohol tones. More noticeable to me than other higher abv beers such as World Wide Stout. Very sweet. An aquired taste.