wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Pours amber/copper with a large, but dissapating, head. Aroma is like sweet gasoline (which I enjoyed, strangly enough). A very sweet start with a heavy alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is weak and carbonated. Aftertaste is dry alcohol. Flavors are extreme and potent but overall very nice. Not very complex (the alcohol kills all subtlety). Not as harsh as many beers with 13% ABV. A good beer, but not for the faint of heart. Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2003
After 2 years the aroma's lost some of its alcoholic notes, mostly malty now. The malty flavor's still plenty hot though. Finish is malty and alcoholic, like a young barleywine. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
An extremely unbalanced ale. Flavor is reminsicent of a bock, but has a terrible alchohol burn in the aftertaste and is very hard to drink. Frank (4235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Scent is surprisingly mild but the taste is powerful and evil. Intense alcohol with a bit of spice and perfume. Imagine drinking Old Spice...
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2003
Still, I can't help but like it just a little. With each sip, I care less and less about things like flavor and palate and more about sucking down as much alcohol as possible.
15% version. Bright orange-copper w/ fine, streaming bubbles. Creamy, tan head. Sweet, brandy-ish aroma of dark dried fruit (raisins, dates), candied pears, some caramel, & alcohol. Soft, creamy feel. Very, very sweet brandy flavour w/ a light creaminess, some spiciness & fruitiness. Intense alcohol flavour in the finish, leaving the tongue slightly numb.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Bottle. A French B-wine? Uhhh? Amber, minimal head. Very thick mouthfeel that seems to neutralize the perfumey aroma. Malty texture/flavor, some neutral fruits (pears, apples). Andrew196 (1992) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Wow! 13%! The beer carried it really well too. Aroma of spicy vegetable, celery. Purely orange in color with sediment and little head. Flavor was interesting, very rich, citric. Finish was malty sweet. Pretty good. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 5, 2003
BBD: 28.02.04 13%ABV
App: Foams out of the bottle. Pours crystal clear(not bottle conditioned?!) copper w/just a ring of foam at edges of glass
Aro: not too complex: deep carmel malt. Just layer upon layer of sweetness twinged with a bit of raison. Alcohol.
Pal: medium body. Hot alcohol @ back of throat.
Flav: Maybe a bit oxidized...but this thing is sweet malt and hot alcohol. The only way I can drink this is like a martini(little sips), otherwise the alcohol fries me.
Over: Too sweet and too much alc. I like big strong beers, but this doesn't hold a candle to an Abt 12, Imperial Stout, or Barley wine. steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 strange, vanilla spice. a bloody stabbing dagger rather than an actual aroma. the alcohol probably murdered the head. actually tastes... alright. go ahead, finish yourself! CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 15% version: Pours a lifeless copper with a thin off-white head. All I can say is pure alcohol. Has some malty complexity but it is so quickly burned off my tounge that I’m not even sure it’s there. This could learn a lesson from Dogfish Head.