brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ adnielsen’s house, ticked with LeninCat, t0rin0, and StalinCat (he scrolled past). Mahogany pour with a khaki head. Whiskey, dark fruit, and vanilla on the nose. Sweet caramel, too. Flavor is somewhat hot and boozy. Whiskey, dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel. Brown sugar, raisin, and plums. LeninCat approved.
Beerhunter111 (14784) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kupferfarbenes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr alkoholisch, reife Früchte. Geschmack sehr süß malzig, alkoholisch.
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Orange. Malt, caramel, fruits. Sweet. Nice.
adnielsen (10424) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to LeninCat for sharing and BlackIPA for sending. Enjoyed with LeninCat, StalinCat, t0rin0, and womencantsail. Pours a clear dark reddish orange appearance with a decent cream colored head. A bit boozy, whiskey, oaky, rich caramel/toffee, dark fruity aroma. Pretty fucken smooth, candy, brown sugar, plum, fig, vanilla flavor that finishes pretty smooth. A goddamned fucken a bro chill malt liquor. I have no doubts that had Michael Jackson still been around when this legendary beer was released, it would have made the next edition of this World Guide to Beer. Since he’s passed, we are left with a video review by the world’s foremost feline beer judge, LeninCat. http://youtu.be/cDThF2pFYWk
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of big whiskey, grain, vanilla, hints of oak, earth, slight caramel, toffee, hints of molasses, finishing earthy. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, nice oak whiskey, earth and molasses, hints of vanilla, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky, dry. Pretty good actually.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Swing-top bottle sampled at the RB Best Awards. Not sure who brought this, but probably one of the Canadians like Ferris or JulienHuxley- thanks, bros! Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head that leaves spots in the glass while settling into a ring. Loads of caramel, brown sugar, cookie, and sweet dried fruits. Intensely sweet. Sugary, fruity, malty. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Whoa. Don’t open this beast alone.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Dried dates, cooked fruit, molasses and soy-like edges wade within this massively sweet fireside treat.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no foam atop the dark brown.
-This bottle needs to be shared with MANY people.
-The lack of carbonation increases the impression of heaviness.
-Alcohol warms up the finish, although surprisingly discreetly.
-This is not as complex as Xyauyu or other creations from Teo Musso in the same family, but it remains competently executed and deserves to be shared.
-This is NOT a malt liquor in the traditional, drink-under-a-bridge sense.
djd07 (8291) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a clear copper with no head. The aroma is strong toasted malt and booze. Medium mouth, toasted malt, caramel, boozy finish, decent.
drowland (7774) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/13/13. 750mL thanks to mathieuc! Drank from the included glass! Rich amber red pour with a small khaki head. Booze, bourbon, and loads of caramel. Super sweet bourbon caramel vanilla taste with a touch of burnt toast. Super strong and sweet... would fit into a BA barleywine tasting.
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample from bottle at bateau de nuit, thanks seb for that! clear dark golden-amber without a head. plenty of toffee, caramel and mostly vanilla bourbon. some nutty notes. cloying caramel malts. soft carbonation (or maybe was it because bottle had been opened earlier?), medium body - velvety and oily, short but present grassy finish - still not enough to cut through all that sugar. boozy but then again, for almost 12%, not that much. sweet ’’low’’ alcohol bourbon. still an interesting sipper after dinner.