tectactoe (2512) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 Bottle (Bois): Thanks, Doug. Syrupy brown, murky pour with only translucency near the very top. Light-tan colored cap that fades quickly to a film & collar. Aroma of sticky caramel, molasses, brown sugar, & super heavy, robust booze. Smells BIG. And very SWEET. Touch of vanilla & deep, dark fruits. Taste coats the palate with warm booze, sticky toffee coated plums, caramelized dates, raisin preserves, bourbon pungency... Wow. Touch of nutty oak, some woody brown sugar, & burnt toffee lingers in the finish. Sticky body, heavy & thick. Coating. Gets a bit hot as it warms, but certainly a lovely sipper. [8-3-8-4-15; 3.8 overall]
Bottle (Sucre): Now dammit, I know this is basically the same beer as Bois (or any of the previous 100% bourbon anniversary ales from years before) but I did not enjoy my first experience with Sucre nearly as much. Very, VERY hot. Hotter than ever. Super sticky sweet, too, but the heat & the booze seem to clash & make a mild mess, rather than offset like you’d hope for. Toffee, raisin, plum, molasses, anise, hot wood, & strong booze. Burnt brown sugar, light vanilla. Flavorful, sure, but hard to drink more than a couple ounces. [7-3-5-3-12; 3.0 overall]
Bottle (100% BA Cuir): Bottle #2152. Deep, deep brown, black at the bottom with a creamy khaki foam that fades to a collar quickly. Lovely aroma of toffee, caramel, sweet brown sugar, light dates, prunes, vanilla, wood, faint raisin, & some very faint cocoa dust. Flavor is nice with a bit of vanilla, toffee candy, tart redcurrant, prune, raisin, mild vanilla, faint cocoa powder, woody caramel, even a touch of black cherry. Light booziness with a finish of some bourbon warmth, sticky residual caramel, & chunky toffee coated prunes. This is probably the best version of this beer I’ve had. Wow. Great. [8-4-8-4-16]
Overall score is an average of these variations.
blemansk (6) - - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Complex, interesting, full of flavor. Mellowed from multiple years of storage.
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finol (2270) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at SBWF.
Pours heavy oily brown.
Heavy sweet taste of plum and port wine.
SirLimpsalot (2399) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ SBWF 2014: mycket mycket het men med en härlig smak av malt, torkat frukt och med en ganska tjock eftersmak.
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Nische (922) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep burgundy with no head. Aroma is as advertised - sugar and molasses. Taste is complex with different sugars, molasses, and carmelized sugar and almonds.
umich03jm (2224) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Bois bottle. Murky reddish-brown with a small big-bubble head that collects to a messy ring. Huge, rich aroma of coconut, burnt caramel, oak, toffee, almonds, dark fruit, and chocolate syrup. Tastes moderately sweet and boozy. Not as much alcohol and booze as I expected for a 17% BA beer. Tons of caramel, coconut, dark fruit, and almonds. Full body. Thick and syrupy. Touch of alcohol heat in the finish. Great BA beer.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
Severely oxidized, and not harmoniously so, this strong ale struggles to plow beyond simple fruity sugars and powerful alcohol heat for a most disappointing sipping experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty copper.
-This strangely lacks malt flavors; it’s all alcohol, residual sugars and oxidation.
-The alcohol blast cannot be that of an all-malt brew.
-Drinkability is extremely low, but mostly because of this beer’s lack of flavor interest.
-The oxidation is voluntary here (it’s too intense not to be?), but it doesn’t work much with the grain bill or general flavors generated by the brew. One of the worst quality/price ratios I’ve seen in the world of beer.
Bottle; gros merci Martin et Michèle!
gyllenbock (5074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Hazy brownish with a minimal head. Vinous and very sweet with oak, a lot of alcohol, toffee, dried fruit and bourbon. The body was thick and the aftertaste long. A beer to sip.
Hermod (3511) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750ml bottle. Yellow wax. Deep brown, thin white head. Plummy, rye bready, some sticky sweetness. Alcohol coming through a little. Plums, raisins, bread. Long dark fruity finish. Good but not awesome. Alcohol coming through too much.
jookos (2751) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@sbwf14. Dark brown. Old vinous, porty nose. Overripe plums figs, just dark fruits galore. Full thick slight oily body. Herby intensive, soft vinous, really flavourful. This is great. Too stupified to describe all its glory, but real good.