jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Holy Moses, what a beer. Great aroma, nice American/Belgian mix of flavors. Amazing how much the alcohol stands out compared to other high alcohol beers (DFH WWS?). I’m glad to hear this will be bottled in 12oz. soon. Dear Diary: It’s 1:30 in the morning and we’re cracking open a bottle of schnapps. odddodd (2) - Superior, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004 does not count
It truely is a beast. The alcohol is apparent at first but masked by a sweet prune like flavor. This is a beer I I would age. It calms down after a year or more in a cellar. Definitely buy to collect this bad boy! Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 I’ve had about four sips and I’m drunk. Initial sip was REALLY strong, but I’m starting to get used to it. It has a nice ruby-orange color with a slight bit of brown. No head at all. Aroma is alcahol, alcahol, alcahol, raisin, slight bit of dark red fruit and sweet malt, and alcahol. Taste has a lot of alcahol warmth with raisin and a slight roastiness. A little chocolate, caramel, molasses, and slightly acidic cherries also. Belgian yeastiness and spiciness in the aroma and flavor. I wish it was a little sweeter. Rerate: Much better at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2004 bottle. Reddish amber out of the bottle with a short lived tan bubbly head. Candi sugar nose with a note of sour. Lots of dark, dry fruit in this beer along with burnt caramel sugars and molassass. Syrupy mouthfeel with a strong alcohol burn. Very strong beer, but tastey none the less. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Strong belgian style yeast aroma, its like fruit punch thats been spiked to the point of being evil, tongue numbing pinapple feeling, the alcohol is obviously pretty noticeable, taking too big of a swig will make you think your taking a shot, beyond the insanity are delicate caramel notes and bold yeast flavors, an epic brew for sure.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours beautiful deep mahagony color with light tan head. Nose if big of caramel, alcohol, plummy and figgy. Biscuity. Body is rich and strong. Belgian candi sugar is quite revealing. Alcohol is very present. Finishes strong, dry with a sting. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle: Strong butter toffee and caramel aroma. Nice addition of banana bread to the nose. Pours a transparent reddish-brown with an off-white head with a yellow tint. Fair retention. Very sweet and malty. Has a little extra sweet barley wine flavor to it. Raisin, caramel, toffee, and banana bread. Light bitterness in the finish. Kind of a sweet, sticky, banana bread aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overbearing. Has a warming effect. A little sticy and syruppy. Really like this one. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
i can tell this is going to be a special brew one day. its aroma and taste are both delicious, but its so damn strong its close to the point of being considered undrinkable. very enticed by the thoughts of what wil happen to bottle #2 after it gets some time to age in the cellar. but until then the beast is a bit too hot for this drinker. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Light head diminishes quickly to it’s mahogany red color. Aroma is sweet malt, dates, raisins, dates, dark fruits. A full bodied ale, syrupy and thick. Malts are heavy and sweet. Hops are spicy and floral. Nicely balanced. Thick and syrupy like a sherry or a port. Very smooth despite the alcohol SLAM. Lots of sherry like qualities. Tastes of dark fruit, wood and smoke. Gives a very full mouthfeel. At 22 oz this is one that’s best shared ’cause if you take this guy one-on-one you’ll lose every time---ha. Finish is smooth and a touch dry with a slightly sweet aftertaste. An excellent ale.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2004
This beer is aptly named. It paws at you with it’s scruffy dirty claws, grunting and growling.
It pours ruby red and thick. Minimal head. Smell it and you know you are in for an experience to remember. Expect a beer with distinct alcohol characteristics. My mouth almost felt numb after tasting it. It’s got some fruity flavors - raisins and thick sweet flavors. Don’t you dare gulp this beer down. I highly recommend finding a place you plan to be for a long while. Sit down, open it up, pour a glass and sip it for an hour or two. This beer is meant to be enjoyed slowly. If you get a chance, take it. Don’t pass up the beast. It will chase you down and demand you try it.