CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2006
Pours nearly flat from the 750ml bottle. Smell is yeasty fruit and fig (is that a fruit too?). Looks nice, with little specks of brewer’s yeast floatin’ ’round. Taste is surprisingly mellow (2006 bottling). Palate is sticky. For my first Alesmith offering (finally available around me), I was unfortunately not terribly impressed. Guess that’s what happens with huge expectations. Next up, Speedway Stout, but not tonight. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
at first this was just massive alcohol up front, both in aroma and flavor. but once my palate adapted i found quite a bit more.... unfortunately, i did not put what more that was down in my notes. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
750. Pours toffee-amber, headless and still. Still body as well. Rich, thich, syrupy sweet. Apple-y. Complex and delicious but definitely on the syrupy side. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in SD. Pours amber brown with a fleeting white thin head. This beer defines chewy. It damn near numbs the mouth when you drink it. I get percimmons as a dominant flavor. Ground ripened percimmons after an October frost. Prunes, plums, and raisins. Sweet, not tart. Drying bitterness. UPDATE 3/2008: In the bottle from John’s Market in Portland. Looks gorgeous in the tulip. Smooth to drink and rich with all the same complexities indicated above. Still a solid classic. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
The Alesmith Grand Cru was a very nice treat indeed. The dark belgian strong ale poured a very nice caramel color with a head that left rather quickly. There was a decent amount of "fizzle" in the pour from the carbonation. The aroma was nice--plenty of whiskey like aromas with some dark fruits mixed in--complex to be sure. The taste is the same. Plenty of big flavors that you need to take your time to work through. The main tastes are of caramel malt, dark fruit, bourbon, and molasses I would say. I really enjoyed the interesting taste. This was very easy to drink as it warmed--and would make a great sipper in the evening."
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Bottle. Pours a ruddy, cloudy orange color with a fine yellowish head. Aroma is strong toffee and candied orange peel with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is super smooth and has a strong alcohol bite. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and sugary. Very well balanced with a great velvety mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. (On tap, at the brewery, this beer is much more complex... more dark fruit and cider/pear flavors. Much better than on tap. Probably a 4.2+ on tap). Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 In short: A huge boozy fruity spicy sweet dark ale of some kind. Different and very good.drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
How: Bottle 750ml. Many times. This re-rate for a 2 year old bottle
The look: Cloudy red-brown body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: Nose of dark fruits and spices. Taste brings together fresh dark fruits, dried dark fruits, cinnamon and other spices, liquorice, caramel, raisins, chocolate, more. The type of beer that where I could list 5 new flavour elements with every sip. Halfway between complex and all over the place. Very drinkable despite being very sweet because your taste buds are distracted by so much stuff going on that you don’t really notice the sweetness. Alcohol is not very well hidden though, it hide its 10.6% like I hide my genitals after I had 4 of these.
The initial reaction my sinuses had to this was to the large alchohol profile. Secondly, the grains are nice and sweet with a sharp flavor and surprisingly nice palate. This beer certainly doesn’t lack in flavor, unusully buttery and palatable. Surprisingly, the yeast takes backseat to the grains. This beer is felt most overtly in the sinuses...whew. anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Cool bomber with chapagne style bottle although big money. Very very caramelly and nice phenolic not too overpowering spice. Way too many senses to list try it you’ll like it. winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
I first had this on tap at the brewery and was not impressed. Maybe it was the cold temperatures or high carbonation. My second attempt at the beer was from a 2003 bottle, and it was completely different. The most notable difference was the presence of what seemed to be a nutty sherry-like quality. Now this very well could have been an infection, but it blended with the beer very well. The depth of flavor and character was quite exceptional. Caramelized honey topped over light summer fruits, with vanilla and malt and a complex spiciness, and of course that wonderful nuttiness of pecans. I am interested in trying another bottle just to see if this was in fact an infection. Which I hope it was not.