5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2001) pours burnt-orange with dishwater white head. Aroma is of alcohol, brown sugar, molasses, and raisins. Surprisingly, this one is very smooth for the ABV. Initially you get a cognac/cherry flavor and a warming finish. Mouthfeel is very velvety. Very sweet as well, fruity, perhaps some plum. I am amazed at how well the 14% is masked. This one I really enjoy. WOW, yeah... definately worth having again.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I love a good, strong beer, but this one was little much for me. Massive alcohol assault in the first sip, that sits at the back of the throat through out. I detected some spice, banana and clove. The burn was a little too dominant in this one.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Bottle: Copper/amber colour with no head. Malty, butterscotch, warming alcohol (cognac-like). Syrupy mouthfeel. I like it! - nice for sipping after dinner. Draught: chewy, warming, full-flavored. Nice
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a wonderful beer, that makes an excellent desert beer. A great way to round off the night. Pours a deep rich ruby coloring, with a light foamy head, but some great residual lacing. Lots of big flavors, dark chocolate, figs and raisins, plums, and then on the other side you have some nice yeasty doughy flavors to round out the fruity sweetness. Well masked alchohol, with some nice spiciness in the finish. A new favorite.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong beer tasting '04: 2001 bottling. clear deep amber, no head. sweet caramel and mild breadt aroma with a bit of spice. almost still. flavours of figs, raisins, dark malt and chocolate. better than I expected. quite smooth.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Bottle 2 years vintage (2006)
Appearance: Clear light copper with sparkly fizzy top.
Nose : Rich , big monster malty aroma , clean refined alcohol weaved with clean dried plum sauce , dark vino and caramel. Lovely.
Flavor/Palate : Oily tick body , smooth , sticky textures. Sweet but not over the top, syrupy mead like . Fruity with malt bottom. Aged 2 years removed any roughness. Mature solid appearance. Underappreciated classic.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle. Sweet fruity aroma, maybe some dates thrown in. Reddish color with minimal head. Once you get past the intoxicating aroma the first sip takes your breath away. Alcohol is very present almost overwhelming. Looking past this, the sweetness and malts take over the palate. In the aftertaste there is a little burning sensation. Overall a highly complex beer, still nicely made. For me better reserved for once a year.
Holdwine (1114) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another aging experiment. I just drank a bottle from 1997. Remided me of St. John Commandaria, A sweet wine from overripe grapes. pours a dark rootbeer/plum with a strong sweet aroma. While cold, the alcohol is apparent. Upon warming, (either the beer or me) tends to become less powerful and more full of the sweet spices you'd expect. This is a powerhouse that will knock you down if you aren't ready for it. Total full, oily mouthfeel. I could talk about this puppy all night!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2001 - Color is a dark coppery ruby red, somewhat clear but with a resonant glow, thin beige head puffs away like smoke but keeps a tight collar the whole glass and slow dripping lace in rings from off the collared edge. Aroma is nice and malty, a bit restrained, but befittingly sweet with dark fruityness that has a good load of raisin and plum and touches of molasses and dark cherry. Taste is big time malts, wow, pretty big malts here;darkly sweet, lightly dry, solid amounts of raisin and tinges of warming alcohol blend right in and quickly. Its pretty boozy right from the get go on this stuff, whew...not as complex as some but does have some subtlities once the alcoholic warmth lays off with vanilla and more dark fruits. Its got a very easy slippery start that keeps sliding towards a fuller feel, silky and creamy with some agreeable warmth of good Ol' alcohol. A pretty sneaky brew, nearly port-like with its big and darkly sweet malts with a smoothness thats quite comforting. The alcoholic warmth makes it presense felt. A very good warm sipper. Did I say its warm? Cuz it is...warm...and yummy.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003 had a sour apple smell and tasted like mead to an extent. Also tried the 2002 at the same time and got the same impression.