DocLock (10973) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
A gigantic thanks to footbalm for hand-bottling this for me. I applaud Eric’s zest for exposing great beers to each coast like my zeal for spreading Stoudt’s and Weyerbacher and Victory stuff! This one pours heavy magenta with small off-white head (and at 28%, no head is required!). Aroma of malt, huge cherries, oak, bourbon, and raspberries. Tastes very fruity (tons of cherries, bourbon, oak, raspberries, even blueberries!). An all time great aroma that you have to experience as a beer freak! Extremely smooth, bourbon, berry-filled palate. In fact, this is the "berryest" beer I’ve ever had. Better than all Flemish sours, better than Rodenbach Alexander, better than 99.99% of any beer I’ve ever had, in fact, this one would bury most top ten beers!! I don’t know who Rosie is, but she must be a beer Goddess or something! You must try this beer. I had no idea it was 28% until now, and that shows you how well hidden the alcohol is. I’m on a 5.0 streak, and I love every minute of it!!! NO DEDUCTIONS!!!! I think I’ve gone to heaven and am being served (and traded with) all 4.2 or above beers! Awesome!! Get this, and do whatever you have to in order to get it now!!!!! You will NEVER, ever, taste anything like this, as a beer or a wine drinker! Just beyond belief!! hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Bottled from a growler... Crystal clear, ruby ale with burnt orange highlights. No head, no lacing. Complex, wonderful aroma with notes of vanilla, black cherries, bourbon, brown sugar, wood, dark raisins and alchohol. Seared my nose hairs. The extremely high ABV is well-masked. A huge beer with tons of malt, but almost perfectly balanced by a very liberal hop addition. A bit tangy with plenty of bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. Ultra full-bodied with a mouthfeel of thick mineral oil. Feather-soft carbonation. Lengthy, "red hot", dry finish. Sip this one slowly and please return your seat back and tray table to their upright and locked positions. Thanks go out to footbalm for the 12 oz. bottle! badgerben (5286) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Damn glad it’s here! From one of the more knowledgeable servers, this one will likely clock in at around 21% ABV. While it most closely resembles a Barley Wine, it is not quite dead on since it uses a fair amount of sugar adjuncts. Served in a snifter, thank god. Dark mahogany color with no head. Aroma is an impressive array of cinnamon and mulling spices with a slight alcohol tint that is not nearly as noticeable as one might think for a 21% brew. There are also some plum and dark cherry notes. The taste... sweet, merciful Buddha... The amount of Bourbon that comes rolling on to the tongue is absolutely ridiculous. Obviously then, quite a strong alcohol flavor rides along with it. There are considerable barley and plum notes, perhaps with some of the aforementioned cherries, as well. The overriding feel is that this borders on a distilled spirit instead of behaving like a beer. Oh mercy is this tasty. I’ll grant that it did not seem as complex as a world renowned beer would be, but what it did show up front... damn was it beautiful. ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
fruity alcoholic aroma. similar to the DFH WWS . Sweet, cidery start, smooth and heavy palate, with a nice alcohol burn and a tad bit of dryness in the end. a bit like a port. a complex brew. expensive, but a nice treat. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle from footbalm. Pours a very deep and dark red/brown with a light, thin cream-colored head. Nose is a complex mixture of toffee and caramel malts, raisins, and dark fruitiness with a tinge of oak barrel, bourbon, and light bitter hops. The flavor is whiskey..no doubt about that one, plus some caramel maltiness and bourbon burn in the finish. More balanced than anticipated....very tasty. Thanks Eric!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Dark Red/Brown/Mahogany Coloring With White Ring. Served in Small Snifter. Respected it Before I Even Saw it ;) On The Nose....Fruity..Plum..Alcohol Notes... On The Tongue...Bless the Brewmaker When He Said He Was Using Knob Creek Barrels.... VERY noticeable alcohol content....Completely Agree With Badgerben in that This Brew Resides Somewhere Between Beer and Spirit...and Very Much a Whiskey Taste to It. Basically a Whiskey in a Beer’s Body If You Had to Describe It. Now I Prefer the Dark Lord as an Overall Brew, But This One Definitly Stands Alone By Itself JUST Fine in Character and Loveability......Go Get Some of This... ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
I wanted very much to be underwhelmed by this brew, but it didn’t happen. This is a hot little number. Seamless foam caps the honey and cedar-addled body. Sherry alcohol nose finish, but at least ten of the abv points are masked. A pocket rocket with vast depths. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Where do you start with something this different. Really almost an after dinner drink. Sherry/Port notes on the palate. Just an onslaught of richness and decadence. Unique brew. Definitely tasted some vanilla and the bourbon really mellows the alcohol well. Worth the travel. Great job. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Clear.Dark brownish/reddish/cherry brew with a bit of foam around the edge of the glass.Not much of a Barleywine nose,no maltiness but pretty heavy on the bourbon and also getting something like Tawny Port.Nowhere near the complexity of the Dark Knight,which I had sitting next to it.Some vanilla and oaken aromas coming off this.It was brought to the table way to cold and this sumbitch changed like crazy as it warmed.This was close to the SA Utopias but more complex as there were more definition to the flavors.Bourbon,oak,port, vanilla.The problem is this seems a little thin on the palate.Re-Rate:had this again tonight and it seems to have evolved into a more comlex brew,sorry I used the Utopias word. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Deep coppery red. Ordered two beers earlier in order to let it warm up completely, before coming anywhere near it. Big sticky sweet aroma. Certainly some serious alcohol, but comes across more as rum than as whiskey to me. Somehow despite this and its age, there are still some hops in the aroma. Hugely malty, super thick. Alcohol dries the sweet thickness off the tongue. This is quite complex compared to many of the super high alcohol beers I’ve had (DFH!), which just sort of come across as sterile to me. There’s a big figgy caramelly maltiness that I find really enjoyable. I’m going to sit and sip and enjoy this now, no more notes.