jgb9348 (10003) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2023
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2023 Finally - Beer #11 of my 10,00th Beer Milestone Celebration, and RATING #10,000 itself!!!!!
2017 Vintage Bottle (A Mounted Police Officer on the Horse)
Ridiculously dark brown coloured body, almost an oily black coloured body without much transparency at all (some at the edges when tilted) and a nice three centimetre tall rich light brown and deep tan head on top that stays afloat for a while and leaves a nice lace on the side as it fades. Aroma of very strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, molasses, alcohol and the strongest here - maple syrup (just as it should be) with a great finish of warm alcohol and sugars in the nose - very strong smelling, indeed. Full-bodied; Rich, super sweet and decadent maple syrup, woodsie, bourbon and roasted malt notes dominate up front with a lot of residual sugars from pitted fruits, molasses and toffee with a pungent malt backbone that really brings out the oats and grainy notes with some slight nutty and woodsie flavours, but the roasted oatmeal and rich coffee notes really penetrate the sugars here with a nice balance to bring out the strong sugars at the end and some alcohol warmth at the finale to make this FEEL nice as well. Aftertaste is super potent and rich a lot of alcohol, a ton of roasted malts and oatmeal here, but the pitted fruits, cream, coffee, molasses and especially maple syrup sweetness notes are the strongest on the end, which they should be for the style and for how long this has been aged. Overall, a great beer of course and one that should be sampled if you can get your hands on it (it seems much easier than when I bought this one originally [this is my original bottle, but I have many in my cellar right now] from the store) and especially to buy a couple and age some of them for a longer period of time (in optimal conditions, of course), as I have another bottle from this same purchase that I might have in another 5 or 10 years on a special occasion. Great to sample of course and as a Michigander and as someone who loves real Maple Syrup, this was only fitting to have as my BEER #10,000 and for such a special occasion after aging it for almost six years myself. Great to sample and while I like writing so much for each beer, this one finally ushers in a change for me to simplify my ratings entirely and post much less 'wordie' ratings and verbose typings as I have been doing for my FIRST 10,000! I sampled this 75 cL bottle as Beer #11 (BEER #10000 itself!) [of 21 - 10 (for 10,000) of Each side of the 10,000 Beer Milestone and the 10,000th itself!] of my 10,000th Beer Milestone, purchased from The Food Emporium (randomly was able to find this crazy hard-to-find (at the time) stash in New York, New York on 02-December-2017 for US$35,99 (I didn't care how much it was at the time - I was so happy that I found it in the first place!), bottled in 2017 and sampled at my house here in Washington on 17-May-2023. midovark (5725) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2023
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2023 2017 bottle at home. Pours black with a brownish hue and quickly dissipating head. Nose is chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Taste is chocolate with underlying coffee, bourbon and light maple notes, extremely smooth and drinkable, barely any oxidation is present, the coffee also holds up surprisingly good. The body is medium on it, the carbonation is low to average. I can see how this was an epic beer 10+ years ago. Milter (2282) - Nyborg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2023
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2023 Wow. Øl fra absolut øverste hylde. Masser af fylde og velsmag. Tilpas bitterhed, Indbydende aroma phfyysik (2667) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2023 Bottle, 2018 version. Pours almost black with brown head. Aroma is everything, caramel, smoke, coffee, chocolate, liquor. Taste is coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, caramel, some candies. Superb beer! Ascelja (6221) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2023 #5950
Many thanks to Camons!
Vintage 2017. Black, opaque, small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, maple syrup, roasted malts, coffee. Taste is really strongly sweet, moderately bitter, same as aroma, alcohol. Full body, average carbonation.
Maple syrup overwhelming everything.
Rotin (6340) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 5, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2023 Bottle 0.355l, trade with Camons, huge thanks, René! Vintage 2017. Black, opaque. AROMA- roasted malts, maple syrup, cocoa nibs, pleasant alcohol. FLAVOR- sweet, slightly bitter, chocolate, cocoa, touch of coffee, really lots of maple syrup. Full bodied.
Too much maple syrup, too sweet for me. carlom (429) - ITALY - AUG 14, 2022
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2022 Colore nero, leggero velo di schiuma poco persistente. Al naso cioccolato, botte, terra. Al palato cioccolato, vaniglia, amarena, sciroppo d'acero. Gusto decisamente dolce. Una birra in cui si fanno sentire le note barricate, gli aromi sono ben distinti e ben amalgamatoi, la bevibilitá è alta e l'slcol non si sente, alla lunga potrebbe stancare ma comunque ottima. ken1 (4855) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2022
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2022 Aroma: Roasted malt with manke syrup.
Flavour: Sweet roasted malt with syrup, chocolate and notes of coffee. Aftertaste is fairly sweet with some bitterness.
Colour: Black with a light brown head.
From: Bottle @ SuperVin webshop. BREWMUSKCLES (3180) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2022
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2022 slick, and smooth with strong and burnt Coffee sweet with dark chocolate and some Maple. Somewhat thick and lingers just a bit with flavor of bright dark fruit that wafts in. Alcohol in evidence. A bit of Bourbon. vinaugvic (242) - - MAY 17, 2022
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2022 Opaque dark brown almost black with a moderate/good and lasting tan head.
Aroma: Malt: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toast. Hops: Dark berries, orange.
Mouth: A lot of fruity sweetness and later a lot of lingering burnt bitterness. Full body. Smooth. Soft carbonation.