valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated 2008 - pours murky brown color - this looks as though it came from the swamps of Louisiana. No head to speak of. Aroma is light, but had some caramel malts, booze, light fruits and a general sweetness - nothing great, but nothing offensive either. Flavor is actually quite smooth - some years have mellowed this one out greatly I have to assume - caramel, vanilla, malt, candy - very sweet overall. Palate is slightly slick, and very boozy still. I opened this one up expecting the worst, and came away greatly surprised. Quite easy to drink, smooth and far from being ’offensive’.
jmgreenuk (8679) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 21, 2017
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Deanso. Poured a clear medium amber with a thin whispy white head. The aroma is toffee caramel malt, light alcohol. The flavour is moderate to strong sweet with a rich, oily, alcoholic liqourice bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation. Where can I get a case of this? Only joking :-)
AnthonSpencer (21) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange color with quite high carbonation. Looks very good. Flavor is very sweet with a lot of honey and caramel. Not too bad.
AndySnow (7300) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Where: Carrefour, Torrevieja.
Appearance: Hazy dark golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Alcohol, sweet malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Alcohol, some sweet malt.
Cristobal37 (947) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floating shit inside my glass. Light boozy apples aroma. Sweet light body, not bad. A bit bland, but it is after its best before date by a few months. Warming cognac flavors. For the abv it’s drinkable. Simple beer, nothing out of this world, but cool nonetheless.
kapusil (1320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0 33l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Hazy orange body, thin white head, lots of floating yeast particles. Aroma of caramel, honey, raisins, orange zest and some booze. Taste of caramel, toast, brandy, orange zest and booze. Quite sweet and boozy, but not bad.
jice (348) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2016
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Son seul intérêt "commercial" est son taux d’alcool de 13° sur une bière. L’alcool trop prend le dessus.
zacgillbanks (4901) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Mam and Dad’s holiday France and Lloret de Mar. Bright golden coloured with a thin white head. It has a tart spicy pineapple and toffee flavour with a citrus and spicy finish. Hides the super strong alcohol very well.
rjplumer (1035) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild bread and citrus aroma. Burnt golden hazy body. Topped with a thin white head. Sweet smooth bread taste. Warms the palate just a little going down is the only hint of the strength of this brew. Clean sweet finish.
RLiddell (129) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle brought back from Oregon. Pours a clear straw color. Nose is bready, maybe a touch malty. The 13% alcohol is well hidden, but this is just an okay beer.
CanIHave4Beers (4171) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
This bottle is dated September 28 2009. I don’t know if that’s a best by or a bottled on date, don’t remember really when I got this, suffice to say I’ve had it for a while. I’m leaning towards this being six years old as opposed to 11.
Pours a deep orange color (despite the ’blond’ designation on the label). The beer has a small but well retained head that leaves a decent lacing on the glass.
Honestly, this doesn’t smell bad, or at least it’s exceeded any expectations I had for it. Yes, it has some light wet cardboard and sherry like oxidive notes, so we’ll get that out of the way straight off. Beyond that it has a reasonably enjoyable toffee and cherry liqueur character. It’s got some red apple & some mild honey notes. The alcohol is reasonably muted for a beer of this strength.
The flavor is pretty darn sweet and boozy. It’s got the classic toffee on cherry cordial thing happening, but it’s also got cotton candy, pear, and some light toasty malt. It’s hard to get over the bit alcohol presence here, it’s intruding well beyond a pleasant warming affect and it seems to be the primary flavor lingering in the finish.
Better than I expected it to be, age seems to have done this fairly well.