Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, - MAR 10, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An over-the-edge shwartbeer. Cola and brown sugar with ridiculous alcohol added in, 12% listed but smells and delivers what appears a lot higher. A Trafalgar with some taste.Blackish colour.About right carbonation, this is a crazy beer to throw in for a tasting for two.
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dirty Brown. Little tan head. Booze and then some more. Kinda like spicey orange juice with carbonated Jaegermeister. A real treat.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared by cbk -- thanks, Craig (sort of). I was too sober to be drinking this beer. Pours a ruddy brown with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of pistachio juice, articficial sweetness, and booze. Yuck.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 17, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle-thanks.......? to Daknole for bringing this rare gem (?) to the Benson, AZ tasting. man, this beer sucks! deep clear brown with a very small brown head. nose is ungodly sweet-peanuts and candy sugar with a huge alcohol presence. man, this was hard to put down....fussel alcohol, but at 17% thats to be expected. when i was sampling this beer, i would cough everytime i smelled the beer.....thats not good! lots of sweet chocllate and peanut flavors here-a rare beer, but thats not always a good thing! avoid at all costs!
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Brownish pour. aroma is sweet. WAY TOO sweet. Sugar, honey, syrup, and some teriyaki sauce. Flavor is much the same. Just an overall sugar bomb. Man oh man. So sweet you don’t even notice the alcohol. Meh.,
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a flat looking mahogany color. The aroma is something like fermented corn and soy. Perhaps a hoisin sauce. Doesn’t really smell bad, but doesn’t smell like beer or anything remotely close. The flavor is like Chinese hoisin sauce, dried hard field corn, soy, and some strange other things. Weird. The palate is sweet. The booze is totally hidden. Not a drain pour because it totally sucks, but a drain pour because I don’t want to get drunk on such a silly beer.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to Nathan for the bottle. Poured clear medium brown with just a light ring of off-white head around. The aroma picked up warm toffee and other grainy dark sugars with a whole lot of weird stuff (a touch of garbage water, warm honey, soy, and smoke).. almost like a grain alcohol with Draino on the back. The flavor wasn’t really any better.. caramel, honey, and an odd biscuity sweetness at the core.. enough residual sugars around to mostly mask the huge dose of alcohol.. smoke, some grease, and unpleasant cleaner on top and through the finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. the warmth really came through in the finish, but it was held in check by the underattenuation on the middle.. sharp, tacky, and ugly.
Brigadier (2610) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Tied House
Unlike many people I found this to not be all that bad. Viewed in the light of a 17% ABV beer it lacks the flaws that some other ultra-high gravity beers possess. I would not drink more than a 200ml bottle but for something to warm the senses on a cold winter night it works quite well. I think this shows that hidden gems can exist among those love/hate beers of the world.
Aroma / Appearance - Very flat with no carbonation as you would expect this swirled around the glass like a fortified wine. The nose was smoky like bacon and warm motor oil. Cherry seeds provide another layer of texture. For 17% it was not nearly as heavy as I expected it to be.
Flavor / Palate - Heavy and cloying I did not detect many of the notes of soy as other people have. Warm through the palate it sits around a long time. Had I not eaten dinner a few minutes later it would probably have lasted for twenty minutes or more. This interesting beer is an experiment that seems to have gone mostly right.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle @ Muskoka Beer Festival 2009: Pours dark brown, no head. I know exactly what I’m getting into here but it’s a sample instead of a bottle and I need the rating. Aroma is.. wow.. booze, soy sauce, sugar. I’m going to wet my pants over the fact I have to try this. Flavour is strong, sweet, clings to the tongue like a leech. Thank God I tried the 15% version, I still dumped all but two sips of my 4oz sample. Horrific. The host told me most people today had ranked it a 1. He was half right.
IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
200 ml bottle from Garthicus. Nose is sweet toffee, dark fruitiness, candi sugar, and honey. Clear brown with almost no head. Flavor is sweet, with some caramel, and a hint of licorice. A Belgian Strong with honey added to boost the ABV to 17% maybe!
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2009 200mL from the X-Mas giftpack. Pours our a dark but still translucent brown with no head. The aroma is equally as horrifyingly awful as the Korruptor was, only with a bit more toffee malt to it. That same wet paper/pen ink booziness that haunts my nose for hours. Rotten bean spouts. The flavour is all cloying sweet terribleness with a lot of booze and maybe a hint of dark toffee malts. Absolutely awful. How Trafalgar can seriously present this as a consumable product is a question I’d like an answer to (if there is one).