arminjewell (6104) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
brokensail (10653) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright copper orange, a nice light tan head... Interesting nose of apples and malt... Taste hides the alcohol well, sweet toffee and honey, ok
deyholla (6520) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 nip bottle graciously shared by beastiefan2k. Bottle number 74 of 100. Pour is mostly clear brown amber, with a thin film of a tan head. Aroma is big, chewy malt, along with a bright floral sweetness. Taste is like an apertif, boozy, but refined with the bright caramel maltiness. The floral sweetness is present, balanced along with a nice integrated alcohol heat. Palate is medium to heavy, coats the mouth, as mentioned has the mouthfeel of a liquer. This was a really interesting beer, thanks for opening it up for us Eugene.
daknole (8950) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
JW with a gem. Dude hooks me up with the rarest shit ever. Unreal. Amber pour. Lot of sweet booze in this one and some light fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet, a bit hot, boozy, caramel. Cool "beer" for sure.
malrubius (1659) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BCTC 2010. Ok, I was loaded by the time I tried this. But someone was nice enough and generous enough to share this, and I wrote down that I liked it a lot, even though I can barely read the rest of my notes. But Iím gonna try. Yellowlyhyl. Candy sugar gytzther. Rich arrseen. Ol col. Very good.