jtclockwork (18972) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2018
Etched bottle thanks to Joe at his going away party - Pours caramel brown - nose and taste of caramel, vanilla, oak, caramelized brown sugar, dark fruit, sweet toffee. Full bodied. fletchfighters (1763) - WEST RYDE, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2017
750 ML bottle (I think)
Murky orange amber color, no head at all. Big thick AVB legs. Sticks to the glass well.
Nose is a lot of alcohol, big aroma of dark fruit, fig, and brown sugar. Warming nose and very full on for the age.
taste is pretty similar. Notes of dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, lots of fig. Yes lots of alcohol but very well balanced.
Feel is sticky sweet, low carbonation. Very much a sipper. Has held its age very well and then some. masterpiece. kermis (17568) - Amsterdam-ish, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Cloudy brown with no head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, vanilla, fudge, malt and then booze and alcohol coming out strongly. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with hot alcohol and very soft carbonation. Very boozy but done in a good way. Tried this along with Dave, and though they’re both way too strong ABV, this was the winner. [17-09-2016] rouhlas (4549) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
750 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Hazy copper-red brown color with no head. Malty aroma, caramel, dark dried fruits, raisins, light vinous, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter aloholic taste like aroma. Medium oily silky body with soft to flat carbonation. 77ships (13481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme & manifold thanks to kermis!!! Gorgeous bottle. Small sample. Pleasantly warming, not boozy at all with thick sweet malts, sugar, almond, sweet walnut, very thick & rich malt body, thick toffee malts,… Superbly rich malt base, oxidation that is here only adds, sweet vanilla & malty toffee sherry. Really amazing & so much better than Utopias which is heavy oxidation & boozy. Utopias is nice & fun to try ones but this is an infinitely better beer in my opinion. The hype is real.
kraddel (10429) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours dark brown, rather clear. No head. Smell is full, bit booze, grains. Taste is very silky, booze, grains. Sweet, full, grainy. very complex ! very nice, perhaps a bit boozey ( it IS 20 ABV , after all ) which made it the lesser one between MMM and M , but appart from that, this is indeed a great beer where I can understand the hype for djd07 (18302) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2016
9000th rating. Huge thanks to Brad for sharing this at the lobby share during RBWG. Number 686/3000 bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with no head. The oma is strong booze, dark fruit, oak. Thin mouth with strong booze and caramel, fig, vanilla, held up very well, really enjoyed this. CanIHave4Beers (4314) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2016
Shared nearly 2 years ago now by one Mr. BrokenSail early morning @ the Presidential Suite. knickskicks (1168) - - SEP 6, 2015
Entered as the benchmark for my 100th Massachusetts rating!
Pours a deem amber, perfectly still (of course)
The aroma is rich with some candied cherries, some vanilla and a good bit of toffee. It’s got a sort of oloroso sherry thing happening with the richness and the oxidation, but it’s also a little like PX with the raisiny things happening. It’s sherry like either way and it is also noticeably boozy, which is pretty par for the course with something as huge and rich smelling as this.
The flavor is again that sort of carefully oxidized sherry thing, a good bit of caramel & a lot of warming booziness. It’s got a good woody and vanilla thing happening. Again with the raisins cherry and toffee, yep it’s a sweet beer but there’s quite a bit going on.
Hazy copper pour. Nose is caramel, maple syrup, butterscotch. Taste is liquid butterscotch, maple syrup. Sticky full mouthfeel. Wow. Words cannot do this beer justice. phaleslu (11836) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Pour shared from a special bottle from brokensail at RBSG weekend - thanks again, Andrew! Wasn’t sure I’d ever get to try this. Anyway, it pours a clear, rich amber-copper color with no head. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, honey, caramel, vanilla, maraschino cherry, candy apple, whiskey, chocolate, and sherry. Warms the nostrils and palate. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, warm, coating mouthfeel. Has held up well for the most part, though more recent vintages of Utopias are definitely preferable to me. Thanks again for the special opportunity, brokensail! This is pretty legit.