deyholla (10686) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled the 2008 version at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a yellow brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had lots of roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of underlying sweet spice. Flavor was sweet with a bit of caramel then growing roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of chocolate and spice.
KimJohansen (10434) - Frederiksberg C, Dšnemark, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unclear brown with medium beige head. Sweet and spicy aroma with caramel and roasted malt. Spicy flavour with roasted malt, caramel and hoppy notes.
mR_fr0g (10360) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this one, 2008. Dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a small tan head. Aroma is black pepper, brown malts, cinnamon and Worcester sauce. Flavour is sweet, cinammon, spicy little black pepper, brown bread, some jammy fruits in the finish. Palate is thick and sticky, sugar, moderate to low carbonation. Decent.
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. First of all, I cannot believe this was 11% alcohol? The pour was turbid deep brown, with a minimal off-white head. The aroma created a multitude of olfactory perceptions....malt, hops, spices, fruit, including melon and prune, cabernet, cognac, and even scotch (definitely some peaty aroma). The taste was malty, hoppy, nice mouthfeel, with a spicy, fruity, hard-spirit element at the finish. Very nice complexity. I noticed many flavors and aromas in this one.
jercraigs (10061) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Coleís Christmas Tasting 2007. 2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Bill Metzger. Very very dark brown, mostly headless body. Vegetal aroma like dry vegetable soup mix, some pine needles and spruce. (7+) Sweet flavour at first but with an omnipresent bitterness that smacks you to attention, More bizarre vegetal fruit melange, sugars, tangy fruit, tiny brief honey and licorice, blink and youíll miss it hint of marmite, very slight hint at possible oxidation? Coats the tongue and lingers a long time. Smooth full palate is heavenly at times, very lightly carbonated. It is both fabulous and awful, it has some great cameos but ultimately it is just right friggin weird! Makes you want to try it again, but mostly so you can figure it all out rather than the flavour itself. Many thanks to Bill for sharing!
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL 2008 ed courtesy of FlandersNed. Pours a super deep brown looking black in the glass with a healthy, one-finger tan head that has okay retneion and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma at first reminds me a lot of Gouden Carolus Easter beer (not one of my favorites); but here the nose is not overly medicinal and loaded with rotting fruits. Here the nose is dominated by prunes, raisins, licorice, cherry Twizzlers, spicy alcohol, nice complexity. I canít really name all the flavors going on here. Taste is not too medicinal, cough syrup, cloying sweetness you get with some of these types. Instead the body is wickedly rich maple, honey, maple candies. The hops here have either faded or do nothing but mask the 11% incredibly well. Numbing, coating mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Dry and bit bitter, dark chocolate in the finish reminiscent of a stout or something similar. But the body here is almost like a Christmas or Easter Belgian dark.
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from alexdad in the mystery swap. Bottle is from batch 8877. Pours a rich brown with a medium sized creamy mocha head that. Light hints of smoke, maple, toast and toffee, root beer. Medium bodied and super sweet. Tons of syrup, sweet fruit, root beer, dark roasty flavors. A big pile of flavors going on here. Really interesting. Finishes with more sweet toast and dark fruit, root beer, roast, and a big warming alcohol note that hits quickly but then vanishes into subtle chocolate and vanilla.
DuffMan (9746) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks! Hearty dark brown pour with a low dense creamy tan cap. Aroma is full of burnt sugar sweetness with hints of spices. Rich with sweet malts, with flavours of birch syrup, molasses, raisins, dried figs. Sweet but not cloying, complexity becomes more apparent as time passes. Intriguing and richly malty-- loved it.
phaleslu (9708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with footbalm- thanks again, Eric! 2008 vintage. I live in Ohio and havenít seen this on shelves, but go figure I get hooked up from Utah. Pours a dark, opaque brown, but not with the blackness of an impy stout, and a small tan head. Notes of maple syrup, honey, herbs, flowers, berry fruits (prunes, cherries, blackberries), licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, and toast. Very, very sweet, and I like it. Iím not sure what elderflowers, birch syrup, or juniper berries taste like, but I guess theyíre all in here- many brands of sweetness present. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. 10.1% alcohol is entirely hidden. Awesome beer if you can handle something this sweet.
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle from hoppymeal. Pours a very dark brown color with a small fizzy disappearing beige head. The nose has a syrupy sweetness, dark caramelized malts, licorice, somewhat boozy, ripe fruits with a slight earthiness. In many ways, this reminds me of candies that combine alcohol and sugar. The flavor, like the nose, is very complex and has dark ripe fruits, raisin, sweet caramelized malts, licorice, and various spices. The beer is obviously strong, but the alcohol is not present other than to provide warmth. The sweetness this has is bold, but not cloying and demands to be sipped. There is just a sign of bitterness and perhaps tobacco in the finish. Full bodied, rich, syrupy and flavorful. This has more than met my expectations.