HildigŲltur (5104) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep glowing amber coloured. Aroma of malts, alcohol, toffee, vanilla and various fruits. Sweet flavour with loads of maltiness, toffee and dark fruits. Warming alcohol notes. Some hops in the finish. Soft carbonation. Rather balanced and pleasant. Thanks Eric.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 12/7/05. Poured out of 7 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with Eyedrinkale some time around the middle of this year. Deep butter toffee caramel orange color with some very slight but still surprising carbonation. Lacing and head retention are mostly non-issues, although the bits of tiny carbonation ribbons that do surface leave silken trails through the liquid that remind us it is indeed beer. Aroma contains some McDonaldís honey, lightly tangy with nibbles of alcohol pepper, somewhat oxidized and reminiscent of cane sugar. Faint rubbing alcohol comes on in extremely deep inhalations-- maybe I shouldnít do that anymore. Flavor rocks your face off. Burning alcohol with some spiced presence, like a cinnamon cookie where they forgot to add sugar to the batter. Softly, sweetly leathery with a freshly-shorn wet hay flavor (just like I used to eat all the time when I was a kid, right?) and an intensely concentrated, sophisticated cookie/biscuit/toast malt essence with a distinct German zeal to it. Malt essence so extreme itís almost in the realm of a scotch, but it leans away from peat and more toward golden raisins. A seeming noble hop presence with the fresh hay mostly emerges toward the finish. Not much sweetness in the flavor-- certainly not as sweet as the aroma suggests it might be. The body and mouthfeel of this beer are just phenomenal-- dense and syrupy with a warming alcohol blanket that glides through the mouth and relaxes your throat and insides. Finish is surprisingly a bit dry and reinforces the leather and hay with a powdery raisin residue. Dryly sticky, rosiny on the lips. A very classy, very impressive beverage.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 2004 Vintage, bottle #10/100 big thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this.
Good lord, the picture to the left is worth 1,000 words. Just the most spectacular glowing ruby-auburn with magenta and amber highlights. Small, off-white/beige colored head is not extremely well-retained, but then, this is an 18% abv beer, so Iím just impressed it pours a head at all. Sediment is left on the bottom, and the beer is well unfiltered. Aroma of dry tofee, walnut paste, sherry of course, sticky caramel, buttercream, plum brandy and rich barley. Light hints of alcohol grace the nose, but itís more a refined liquor sort of thing, not a raw ethanol. Taking a sip, or should I say, sinking my teeth in to it, I am greeted with the most succulent of malts. Thick, rich, caramel and toffee as far as the eye can see, with light raisins, vinous sherry notes and plenty of honey. Finishes with a dry, musty yeast, like peanut or walnut skins. Thick, chewy body is of course sweet, but not overly so. Thereís something so divine and well-done about the malt flavor that it makes drinking this a real treat. Very low carbonation with a strong drying and yet warming sensation on the end. Such a little, unpretentious bottle and such a magnificent king among beers. . .I canít even imagine how good this will be a number of years from now.
2006 Vintage Cracked this open Summer 08 to certainly less pleasure than the 04 vintage. Really lacking in complexity and sheer maltiness that made the 2004 so delicious. Some premature oxidation has set in, giving a rather dry, nutty, lightly crackery nose and finish. Still not bad, despite some obvious alcoholic tendencies, but it wouldnít stand out in a blind tasting, Iím sure of that. 7/4/7/3/15 Score is an average of the two Iíve had.
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to EDA for providing me this bottle (thrown in as an extra in a trade to boot!). 2004 vintage, bottle 58 of 100. Poured a darker and slightly hazy amber color with a very small sized head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, alcohol, and somewhat musty. Tastes of green apples, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Sweet with a green apple sourness to balance it out. Definite alcohol presence but not 18%. A definite sipping beer that I wish I had move of!
htsprint1 (51) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale is amazing. My two favorite beers tasted at the post-Dark Lord release were both Southhampton (this and the Imperial Stout.. Grand Cru was pretty good too).
First of all, this makes me think liquor more than beer. Unlike 120 min and WWS, the only other two beers of this ABV Iíve tried, this one barely resembles any particular style Iíve had. Glowing ruby with a little forced head from my straight pour. Strong aroma of honey, caramel, and toffee. Flavors of nuts and honey on a strong alcohol backbone. Factoís right on comparing this to a sherry. Definitely an experience to try.
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many, Many thanks goes to Eyedrinkale for opening not one but two of these little bottles of heavenly nectar, woohoo! Glowing ruby hue with no head or lace, but a fine oily film on the glassware. Huge sweet malt and honeycomb aroma with additions of english toffee, over ripened apple, and dates. Moderate phenolic and salty snap as well to tickle the nose hairs. What a wonderful tasting brew with lots of fruit, honey, wildflower and woody notes on top of a major vinous and sherry quality. The feel is biting and sharp with a heavy oily feel upon the finish, for 18% is is still quite drinkable. A rare treat with lots of life left for many years of aging. A masterpiece of the brewers art. BRAVO!
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 Poured a dark golden color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, toffee, peat, light dried fruits, and faint alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, wood, nuts, sweet caramel and honey. Alcohol was present, but balanced well, a really nice eisbock, thanks EDA!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color, no head. Aroma is musty, with notes of plum and cherries, a little musty odor as well. Flavor is wonderfully complex. Simply incredible. Words can no descive this. Almost like a fine scotch. Simply amazing.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #64/100. Thanks for the microscopically small sample of this beer. The beer is red/golden amber color with no head, but the color Iíve never seen before. Given the rarity, I feel that I owe whomever brought this in a huge way. Aroma is caramel, apples, oak, honey, brown sugar. Flavor is about the same but has some alcohol to it. Palate is medium full bodied, smooth, warming. Overall, I don;t understand why they only bottled 7 litres of this stuff. Itís pretty good.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma had light fermented fruit, flowers, and a caramel sweetness. The flavor had caramel, light fruit, and a slight flower note. THe beer poured a golden brownish orange color w/ no head or lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy.