Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle poured a cloudyreddish brown with a large rocky amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar and a hint of bubblegum. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, raisins, brown sugar and spices with a sweet lingering finish.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Map Room. Pours dark brown with amber hues and an off-white head. Dark fruits such as plums, dates, raisins, etc. Some traces of banana also. Everything just seems to be dialed down. The high ABV shows itself a bit more as it warms.
mckstud2 (3) - USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brew and I’m generally not one for darker beers. I would reccomend letting it warm after having it both chilled and room temp.
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this at Monk’s in Philly in the 11.2 bottle. Monks advertised this as being on draft but didn’t have it other than in the bottle.
It was as good as advertised. The waitress advised that I let it sit for 15min and her advice paid off. Very complex beer and no harshness from the high alcohol. One of the best beers I ever had. I wish I could try it from the tap!
Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 11.2 oz bottle, best before 7/23/10. Pours a reddish brown with a big fizzy head that quickly dissipates.
The aroma is sweet dark fruits, fusel alcohol and some bitterness. It becomes a bit more pleasant as it warms.
The flavor is some sweet and sugary dark fruit with a lot of belly-warming strong alcohol. As it warms, more fruitiness and a slightly bitter, bready yeastiness comes out to balance the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with some harsh carbonation.
Overall, a bit of a disappointment. I let this sit for about 15-20 minutes before starting, but it was still a bit harsh at the beginning. As it warmed, it became much better. You can definitely tell all of this breweries’ beers are related. Decent stuff, but not all that in my book.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 I don’t know about fruity but this brew is spectacular! Rich head and body, extremely subtle alcohol flavor. Gorgeous brew. I’d marry it.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 More malt and fruit aromas and flavors than you will know what to do with. This beer is superb. Go out and buy it. Now. Go. Leave your shoes. Just go.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of those beers that does live up to the hype. Extraordinary beer here (I know, not really a news flash). Nothing to be said that hasn’t already been stated. Very complex, hides the alcohol very well. It’s simply one of the best made beers out there and if you are lucky enough to land some then you should.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of fruit with hints of spice. Super smooth, the ABV is not noticed at all but still leaves a nice warmth in the belly. I can see why this is one of the top beers, excellent.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. at L’estaminet. Served too cold. Dark brown color and nice head and particules. Dark fruits aroma. Taste of dark fruits, nice mouthfell and nice caramel touch, alcohol is not overwhelming, very nice.
Bière de couleur brun foncé avec un bon collet et des particules dans sa robe. Odeur de fruits sauvages. Gout de fruits sauvages, ronde en bouche avec un bon gout de caramel. Malheureusement, elle était beaucoup trop froides et je n’ai pu l’apprécier pleinement