Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2005. Clear, dark amber with a small, beige head. Vinous and very alcoholic nose. The body is extremely full and potent with an overwhelming sweetness and alcohol. Complex character but I simply cannot abstract from my immediate impression of this tasting like coughing syrup. There’s definitely some herbal, medicinal notes in there. Very hard to finish, but probably would be interesting to age. As it it right now it’s simply too much of many good things. 170106 fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Dark amber color; small creamy head. Nice aroma, malt, very sweet, Barley Wine-like. Medium thickness, oily; malty taste, sweet in the beginning, balanced by a quite strong bitterness later. Too warming alcohol, light metallic aftertaste and not much complex. Good anyway. And powerful, of course. Theydon_Bois (21425) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 04/11/12. Batch 10 - 2012 @ 16% ABV.
Clear chestnut brown with reddish hues, good sized off white head that retains well.
Malt forward nose, dark toffee, caramelised dark sugars, raisens, prunes and booze.
Taste follows from nose, Xmas pudding meets malt loaf in taste, fairly complex and whilst booze is more than evident it is well disguised for 16% !
Full bodied with very soft carbonation leading to a sweet boozy finish. mcberko (19805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 12 oz. bottle, pours dark ruby red with a small beige head. Aroma of strong alcohol, sherry/brandy, sweet caramel, dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Flavour of brandy, sweet caramel, dried fruits (figs, dates, prunes) and a massive alcohol kick, even more than expected from the 16.21% tag on this bottle. Extreme sweetness, certainly in the cloying realm, along with the harsh booziness detracts this from being one of the more enjoyable really high ABV beers. saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is ruby amber. Aroma is rich with fruits and slcohol. Taste is extremely powerful with lots of fruits, molasses and alcohol.
Oakes (19370) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Vanilla aroma accents. Big alcohol and lots of caramel, with some molasses. Big chewy body...but way too boozy. Fairly strong vanilla throughout. Dry, alcholic finish is about right - it’s a rough beer. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Amber/reddish, offwhite head. Vinous okay aroma, sourish, some vinegars. Oily sweet flavor, some cognac notes. Finish is both sweet and bitter. Alcohol was surprisingly well hidden. Oily body. TBone (18551) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled, alc. 14.9% = vintage 2005jtclockwork (17631) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Ruby, copper brown, small mocha head. Aroma of glue, brandy and whiskey. Bourbon whiskey, sweet sugary flavor. Very similar to Samael’s Oak Aged Ale. Too sugary and too much glue in the aroma.
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 2005 vintage. Pours black. Nose is molasses, strong brown sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, tar and burnt caramelized apples. Taste is velvety chocolate, intensely sweet caramel and dark fruits and a very long alcohol burn in the finish. FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 26, 2008
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) - 2007 bottle
Very sweet bready aroma. Deep red, tiny head. Biting alcohol, but otherwise soft and sweet palate. Finish has alcohol burn. First taste is sticky sweet malts, burnt, and almost tarry in part. However, on the whole it’s very hard to describe. Big like a barley wine, but made superconcentrated. Tons of malt - some marmite. I got a gluey aroma after a while. There’s a guilty pleasure to this - I kind of like it but think I shouldn’t.