igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Vintage '02...color is amber, no head. aroma is alcohol and raisins and pruney, maybe a little woody quality. wonder if this is aged in oak or anything? flavor is sweet with as much or more an alcohol bite as WWS 23%. this one is WAY too rough around the edges.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a strang 14% beer I've found it interesting. It was still easy to drink and the alcohol taste was not too present. This was a sweet and creamy beer. The taste was mostly raisin, witch gave it a little wine taste, sugar and cinnamon. Smooth finish. It was a really good one. Try it!
Frank (2862) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 edition sampled in October of 2003. I sampled this monster for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Crystal-clear golden color, very fine carbonation and a small ring of head. Aroma of brandy and candied fruit. Sweetness is well balanced by alcohol. Creamy palate. Lovely, delicate carbonation. Slightly astringent. Excellent malt profile with hints of just about everything you'd expect in a strong lager like this--raisin, molasses, brown sugar, cherry, port wine, even a hint of cloves and cinnamon. The slightest touch of bitterness lingers behind the finish. A perfect belly-warmer for a rainy November morning.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
-- 2002 vintage -- Aroma is purely alcohol. Appearance is a redish brown with little head. Flavor is sweet with a slight dark fruit presence. Wonderful warming effect. This hides the 14% quite well. I had the Hurlimann version (discontinued in 1997) a few months back and it had aged wonderfully. Once it ages the alcohol becomes less apparent and the complexity of flavor increases. Still even this young bottle is very nice.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Vintage, tasted October 2003. Wonderful dark red with remnants of a white head. The smell is crazy. It fills the nose. Very buttery and alcoholic smell. The taste is almost overwhelming & hits you immediately. Warms your whole body. Rich creamy flavor. Very sweet, almost like a syrup. I can't really pull out too much flavor, perhaps vanilla, sweet chocolate, very sweet. You really can taste the alcohol. This is one beer that you cannot rush simply because it wont let you. My throat is burning and I've still only had a couple of sips. Awesome but too much. After letting it breathe it mellows out a lot and isn't so hard to drink.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2003
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
gag me. smells like rubbing alcohol. has a small head, like our president. sickly sweet. syrupy. watered down maple syrup. the 14% ABV makes me care a bit less about the flavor, though. 'the most extraordinary beer in the world' it ain't. i can't wait to follow this up with something bitter.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 The outstanding aroma of white wine is the best quality of this beer. The other positive aspect is the great brandy like appearance. This beer gets a one for flavor because it is so sweet that it is undrinkable. Thick and heavy palate. Get rid of the sugar and it would be a quality beer.
Update Sept. 2007. Much better know. Sweet malt and some fruit as well as sugar in the flavor. Maybe I wasn’t ready for it the first time. Sweet and intense, it still has a great aroma.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002: Clear dark copper color with a smallish light tan head. Sweet malt and cotton candy aromas. Nearly get alcohol laddders on this one. Warming and fruity. Simple yet satisfing.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
"This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world." Sure. I for one would like it to stay that way. This tasted like a Sees caramel candy sucker dipped in soy sauce. i love the suckers but not the beer. This one was too much for me.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong roasted malt aroma. Deep, dark , rusty hue, quite attractive. Sickly sweet taste, highly malty, complex and difficult to drink, not a session beer. Despite this it is a good beer with strong cognac flavour and a sappy complex with mounds of toffee. Has a warm finish and a distinct kick of alcohol.