MeadMe (1206) - 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 (3248) - 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by EDA. Bottle #42. Pours a caramel brune body with a thin lacing. Vinous sherry notes, grain, cherry and a big etoh warming. Nice brew at 18%
dalekliz (823) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at WeeHeavySDs 2000th rating party, thanks to wetherel! Pours a clear amber-brown. Huge sweet aroma, of malt, dark fruits, citrus, and caramel. Big sweet taste, of malt, brown sugar, dates, a hint of herbs and pine. Alcohol is there but pretty well hidden. Lingering sweet sharpness. Intense and very tasty.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet unlabeled nip bottle from who else than the man EDA. Thanks Mike! Filled to the rim. 18% wow. Certainly doesn’t taste it. Alcohol is very well hidden. Amber color. No carbonation (how you would carbonate an 18% beer with forcing i have no idea, but WWS seems to do it), but to be exected from an icing, which drives off all the CO2. Hint of pleasant oxidation.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nip bottle shared at WeeHeavySD’s 2000th rate tasting. Lots of sweet dark matly flavors. Flavor was still sweet with lots of molasses and caramel. Very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and cane sugar flavors. I love sweet. Very good.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny little nip botlte Wetherel got from EDA and shared at my 2000th rating tasting with Kmweaver and his wife, my girlfriend Cyn, dalekliz, fordest, toncatcher, and wetherel. Pours reddish orange with tan bubbles. Nose is muted but sweet. Taste is sweet, with a lot brown sugar. Quite sweet, quite nice.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6oz bottle, #56/100. Thanks to Clark for sharing this one. Poured a still copper amber in color with no head. Aroma of is malty, raisons and dark fruits. Tastes of raisons, dark fruits, nuts, and a bit warming with alcohol present. I understand why this was in such a small bottle now. It’s very different, but very good for what it is.