thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mostly clear with a yellow/orange/brownish hue - nice sized layer of white foamy head on top.
Very sweet in the aroma and flavor wise (but not to the point of making it undrinkable by any means) - along with the ever-present sweetness, some banana & mild tropical fruit flavors lingering as well. A bit of burn from the high ABV make this one a sipper for sure. Well carbonated but with a slightly thick feel to it - very nice mouthfeel.
Very glad I was able to try this - still holding up well after all these years. Seek it out if you can... delicious brew.
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, yet again, to Eric. Golden but a little cloudy. Nose was alcohol, sweet malts, a touch of caramel. Tastes candy sweet, a little fruity, with a touch of alcohol. It finishes sweet, and even thought the bottle we shared was oxidized, it definitely wasn’t bad.
douglas88 (5800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a very cloudy orange color with a tiny rim of bubbles. A sweet hot aggressive nose, almost like a sweet barley wine. A sweet fruity flavor, dusty with age, hot, rich, bananas and lots of sugars. Very nice, unusual and tasty. Unknown vintage, but fairly old.
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a generous soul, thanks! Poured a near clear red amber with a light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Sweet cereal with dark fruits, caramel and a slight alcohol burn. Flavor was similar with sweet grain, booze and a bit of dark fruit.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of fiulijn - pours a slightly hazy dark amber beer with no foam left; a strong aroma of marzipan, prune and Speyside-whsky; a fair alcohol presence too; low carbonation and a robust malt body, very oily and thick, pretty bitter and with a long fruity, malty and almondy finish with a strong warming alcohol presence
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the cellar originally from Party Liquors (Steger, IL). I’ve been saving this for making the Top 5 @ FFF. Time to go for it. Pours a well hazed orange pour, darker, glowing and a bit murky, a frothy bright white head sits atop, moving towards eggshell yellow. Dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are very complex offering sugary malts, wheat bread, big bubblegum and estery banana, pear, apple, honey, vanilla, more bread, caramel and a touch of brown sugar get more intense. Warming booziness on the nose, light floral hopping is depleted. Initial is heavier bodied, maybe a touch thinned, but it does it good. Warm alcohol mixes with caramel, estery sweet banana, big bubblegum, bread, dough, apple, pear, vanilla, honey, lightly bitter florals aided by hot alcohol, big beer. A thicker body lends this beer a light spiciness. Intense, sweet and hot, the florals have died some but are still perceivable. Toffee, toast, bready malts take hold with lighter spice and huge esters overall. A big beer I feel may have been aided by age.. But still remains cloyingly sweet with a light warming booziness. This must’ve been hot fresh. Good, interesting, but just not my personal thing overall.
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a msall off-white head. Has a sweetish malty yeasty spicy aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish warming malty spicy caramel flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Three Floyds has long been a brewery I’ve had a fascination with. Probably because of the lack of distribution on the east coast and because they have a reputation of delivering a high quality line of products.
Alpha Kong should be called a Really Strong Pale Ale considering its 15% ABV!
Appearance: Quite orange to copper in appearance with a 2 finger foam head that dissipates rapidly leaving the tiniest swirl. My bottle was very carbonated and produced lush bubbles.
Smell: Lots going on in the nose including bubblegum, banana, candied sugar, and alcohol.
Taste: Same as smell. Alcohol tinge is a bit strong for my liking but still the flavor is impressive considering its 15% ABV. Candied Sugar and Banana upfront then alcohol warmth dominates.
Mouthfeel: Sticky and fuller in body than I expected. What is most surprising to me is how much carbonation the head showed during the pour vs. how little carbonation is in the brew while you drink it.
Drinkability: I only gave it a 4.0 because its very drinkable for a 15% ABV brew. Its still a sipper though and I’d say having more than one 22oz bomber in a night would spell out trouble for me. Next time I have this brew I will wait until I can share it amongst guests.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-26-2008
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from 2007 or 2008) Too sweet, too alcoholic - but for if you know this one is going to be slow and contemplative, pretty good. Honey caramel doughiness with a present but pleasant alcohol backing. Some banana and bubblegum - but really it hits you with a solid punch of intensity.
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber, thanks to jsquire. Dark caramel in color with small amount of off white head. Rich yeasty aroma. Very little carbonation Honey sweetness dominates this belgian strong ale almost to the point of being over the top, with some bready malts. The ABV is well hidden initially but as it warms the alcohol becomes very warming. This is a HUGE belgian, just not my favorite.