poisoneddwarf (1993) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Initial rating, as íFruet,í 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; itís sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8
7/24/13 rating, as íBoisí: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. Iím really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0
3rd rating, from 7/25/15, as Sucre, 2014 vintage: at least a year old here. 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice. Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head that falls after a couple minutes into a ring and skiff of foam. Taste is sweet, boozy, coconut, dark fruits imparting some tartness, tannins. Full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Great beer, but itís just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I donít know if the quality has gone down, if my tastes have changed, or if I was just more in the mood for this behemoth of a beer back then when I rated it for the first time. 8,4,8,5,18=4.3
simont1 (461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is for Sucre, 17%. Aroma of caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, heavy bourbon with a big coconut and caramel presence. Taste of toffee, figs, raisins, creme brulee, vanilla with strong woody aftertaste, very sweet, but still nice.
NoYouDidnt (9) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great. The smell is different than you were expecting, just based on what you read from others. Really smelled more of dark fruits, even a wine taste, rather than the chocolate/ caramel you were thinking. Taste- well this beer changed a lot as you drank it. Straight out of the fridge it tasted as it smelled. As it warmed up however, it developed those real nice chocolate and bourbon favors you read abou from other reviews. Next time around. Open the bottle at a warmer temp bro. Do yourself a favor. Overall- drink it again. Buy the release next year. Very enjoyable to drink this and talk with a friend. A+ experience.
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome complex brew. Very malty with earth leathery hops. Caramel and some sherried like wine character. Nice mouthfeel bus was not sweet just nice and malty with complex sherry like finish.
Vells (1089) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - SEP 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge brew. Feels very smooth dried dark fruits toasted caramel malty cocktail, vanilla, oak. Superbly balanced with nice fancy figs, toffee, burnt sugar finish. Oily. Moderate to intense sweetness, light bitterness. Quite a treat
jdjuice (472) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cola brown with nice tight head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas are extremely powerful, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sherry, dried plums, vanilla, raisins. Flavors are equally impressive, not as strong with the soy sauce, not as overly sweet as I was expecting, a bit stronger notes of coffee and chocolate, slight sourness that then fades into a somewhat roasty, malty, slightly hoppy finish that is really enjoyable.
Also, tastes nowhere near 16.2%, you could tell me itís 10% and Iíd believe it.
All in all, really deep, well balanced, and Iím looking forward to next yearís release.
TimE (4212) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big but not too big tons of bourbon. For 16% itís amazingly not too sweet. Lots of brown sugar. Great stuff. Wish I had better notes, but drank at a party.
DSG (8664) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Leviís place. Thanks Levi. Dark brown. Hue chocolate aroma with vanilla, cookies, caramel. Sweet flavor with lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nuts, cookies, some fruity note and some alcohol. Full-bodied. Great stuff.
ciocanelu (231) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, not quite black with a decent head for the high ABV. Aroma hits hard with a lot of barrel character and dark dried fruit. Taste starts with sweet malts but gets quickly replaced by a quite intense astringent tartness. It finishes with dried dark fruit notes like figs, prunes and dates. Body doesnít feel very heavy but the alcohol is quite present and makes it a bit hard to drink. Overall itís a very complex and interesting beer but the weird tartness in the middle taste and the intense alcohol heat keeps it away from being really great.
Alusmamuts (1116) - LATVIA - AUG 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brow with small yellow head. Intense viney aroma. Strong fruity vine taste, sweetsour with some bitterness later.
jc1762 (312) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shaker showing copper rust and sparse foam.
The nose shows intense bourbon, smoke, and vanilla.
The palate is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Strong alcohol burn on palate, bourbon and vanilla in the background. Slight Barley wine sweetness and alcohol burn on finish.