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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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Three vintages to date:


2003 - 100 bottles

2006 - 100 bottles

2009 - 75 bottles

2014 - 110 bottles


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
[bottle] shared by dalzale. Thanks Greg! Bottle filled right to the top. Opens with a decent amount of carbonation that pretty much disappears when itís poured. Viscous honey colored liquid with aroma of honey, crackery malt, caramel, less alcohol than you would expect, maybe a little strawberry. Flavor carries the strawberry, light honey, almost biscotti flavor, warming alcohol, grainy, not much else. Finish is semisweet with plenty of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle, thanks a bunch Greg! Pour is a fairly clear dark honey gold, with a very spare white head and no lacing. Aroma is honey, light caramel, lots of grainy malts. Taste is honey, caramel, lots of worty notes, slight fruityness, quite a bit of booze though not what I would expect. Slightly chalky. Just OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle with big thanks to fredandboboflo! Clear amber pour, very little carbonation and a nutty/boozy aroma. Flavor is biscuity copper, medicinal nuts and suprisingly not as boozy as I expected on the aftertaste. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle pour big thanks to Greg! Bottle 54/75 from 09. Pour is clear reddish orange with thin white head, aroma brings notes of caramel, booze, toffee, some slight green raisin, slight oaky vanilla in there as well, hints of slight cherry oxidation. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, toffee, white fruit with raisin, hints of mixed oak and vanilla notes, slight booze but not overwhelming, warming on the way down, a bit oxidized but nice and dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3539) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle, 2009. Pours a clear orange brown with very little carbonation. Aroma of booze (Iím worried Iím gonna singe my nose!). Very hot. Also sugary with burnt caramel and burnt brown sugar, vegetables. Tasty is less sugary sweet, more sweet malt with booze and rotten vegetables. Quite potent. Iím not really a fan of eisbocks and despite this being one of the tops of the style, I still was not able to enjoy it. 6/4/6/3/11 [3.0/5]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13616) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
A: The pour is golden orange in color with a mild chill haze. Really no head or carbonation to it at all. Not that this should come as a surprise. S: Smells slightly oxidized with a bit of a stale brown sugar note up front. Certainly sweet and malty as I had anticipated, but very minimal booze presence. Some fruits such as golden plums and raisins, and a floral honey character is also there. T: Quite the fruity flavor here. Light peaches to go along with the golden plum and raisin thing. Caramel, brown sugar, and mild alcohol which actually is a good thing (I think) in this beer. Mild honey characteristics on the palate as well. M: Not quite as full in body as I had anticipated. And while there is essentially no carbonation, itís not syrupy, which is a plus. O: I was expecting this to just be disgustingly boozy, but it was actually nicely hidden (especially for 18%). A nice beer to try, but not amazing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to Azurelimits for opening this 187mL bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter. Pours an orange-honey color with a thin, bubbly white head. Much better looking than I would have expected given the alcohol volume on this. Seems to be pretty carbonated. White bubbly head does subside quite quickly, however, and only leaves behind a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose is quite striking with a very strong, sweet honey-like presence to start out along with quite a bit of alcohol. There is also some slight peach and melon characteristics. The taste isnít quite as fruity and is more toward sugar overkill. Itís balanced out by a good dose of booze, but Iím not sure these are really the two things Iíd like to have balancing one another out. Medium body with low levels of carbonation. Sugar and alcohol just end up making up too much of this beer and I wasnít terribly impressed, though I did quite enjoy the nose. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-16-2011

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bright copper orange, a nice light tan head... Interesting nose of apples and malt... Taste hides the alcohol well, sweet toffee and honey, ok

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8343) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Big thanks to Trevor for sharing this beauty at the post NotB tasting! Poured a hazy amber with thin tan head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma was full of intense sweet grains and caramel with a bit of a biscuit note with a hint of alcohol. Flavor started with thick sweet grains, caramel and a bit of toffee/biscuit with a hint of an alcohol burn in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2006 nip bottle, #74/100, generously shared by Beastiefan2k! Pours a caramel amber with a thin and spotty tan head. Aroma is very malty, with caramel, light toffee, a little honey sweetness, and surprisingly minimal but notable alcohol. As expected the alcohol is there on the flavor, but smooth and tame enough to keep things on track. More big malts, toffee and caramel. Interesting stuff and sure glad for the chance to try, thanks again Eugene.


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