vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
09 Bottle. Orange pour with a lacing of white bubbles. Sweet caramel, sugar, sherry and dark fruit notes, along with a good amount of alcohol warming, well it is 18 percent.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Diego. Pours a beautiful ruby color. Nose is dark fruits, sweet sugars, cherries, cocoa, rich malts. Flavor is much the same, dark fruit, hints of earth, every once in a while you get hit with some of that 18% ABV, but damn, not often. Masterful beer.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (number 74 of 75... I still have bottle number 75, muah ha ha) that I took to Dark Lord Day and shared with Kan, Josh, Mike, and a few others. Pours the same sticky clear orange that you can see through the clear bottle, with a medium white head. Sweet caramel, and almost a candy corn note. Almost smoky, very smooth, with some rich slow vanilla notes. Obviously a little warming alcohol on the finish, but still has a lot of finesse for an 18% beer. So incredibly smooth and well balanced that I foresee myself not trading or sharing the other bottle of it I have, and just slowly enjoying it in front of the fireplace all by myself sometime next winter. Note to self, get a fireplace before next winter.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to maltzilla for sharing this one. Pours clear caramel color with no head. Nose is a ton of caramel with some syrup, dark fruit, and malt. Flavor is similar with a ton of sweet caramel, some dark fruit character, and NOT EVEN A HINT at the 18% ABV this thing packed. Very good Icebock with a great mouthfeel.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at DLD 2010. This is what I need when my day calls for a stiff drink. Plenty warm from alcohol and big time malt. Think by not cloy. Wish the sample had a bit of a chill. Really good though.
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Miami Fandango ’10 gathering.
Cheers to Diego for sharing this bottle # 44/75.
Pours light orange, light off-white head.
Aroma and flavors of caramel malts, enjoyable grainy palate with hint of pale malts quickly followed by grainy mouthfeel. Caramel palate remains the highlight of the profile with a touch of dark fruits and sugar sweetness. At 18%, this was light on the palate.
MeadMe (1304) - Riverview, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge Thanks to Diego for providing this one. Bottle 44.
A: Pours a nice golden amber hue with no real head at all. No lace noted.
S: Aromas of rich sweet caramel, brown sugar, and mild dark fruits. Rather subtle though to be honest for such a big beer.
T: Sweet candy malts. Loads of caramel, dark fruit, and sweet dark cherries. Simple but loaded with goodness. Not a hint of the ABV that this one packs.
M: On the fuller side of body, still carbonation, sweet, drinkable, deadly.
D: Good, I loved this one. Nice brew, one I am honored to get the chance at drinking.
beerbill (3377) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Vintage. 7 oz. bottle numbered #59 out of 75. This beer was the driving force behind the crazy number of people standing in line 2 1/2 hours before the opening in 12 degree cold with a brisk wind. First, a tip of the hat to the folks at SPH for coming up with the idea of numbering the sheets so we could all split and take off to warmer locales. As for this beer, I wonder if all of the anticipation and expectations influenced my reaction to this beer. While I enjoyed having it last night, it didn’t blow me away. Pours clear and is a combination of gold and rose, and is quite beautiful. There is a very thin and brief linen white head. Not as aromatic as I was expecting, despite the fact that I only slightly chilled the bottle. The aroma is predominantly malt and brandy, with alcohol vapors very noticeable, which is no surprise given the 18% abv. The flavor is malt with some fruitiness, not very sweet, with noticeable alcohol warmth towards the finish. The texture is not as vinous or full as I was expecting. There is a dryness that rises on the tongue after swallow, lingers for about ten seconds, and then recedes. This one is certainly a sipper and I enjoyed the hour and a half I spent with this beer.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Brewery in April of 2006. Consumed August of 2007. Pours a bright ruby color with a small off white head. Nose is lightly nutty with a heavy biscuity malt note and a light alcohol essence. Palate is syrupy with a flatness. Flavor is the light nuts and alcohol with a sticky sugary malt note.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle - thanks to Spence from Southampton! Pours a viscous caramel color with a barely-there head. Aroma is heavily vinous with characteristics like sherry, dark cherry, molasses, and detectable alcohol. Taste is roughly the same, with the beer very viscous and the alcohol surprisingly well-hidden for the monster that it is. This one was a quite pleasant surprise for me at yesterday’s Southampton event, and I can’t thank them enough.