thornecb (5815) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light amber into a scaldi’s snifter. Very little head recedes to rim -- looks like a golden ale. Alcohol and pine resin notes. Sweet alcohol upfront with a long bitter alcohol finish. Thin. Tastes like a spirit - but if you’re looking for a digestive, it’s quite nice.
hopscotch (11005) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of dark fruit, honey and a whisper of butterscotch. The flavor is malty-sweet, but not cloyingly so. Boozy, but not obnoxiously so. Lots of caramel. Full-bodied and quite oily with lively carbonation. Fruity, warm finish.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001
Golden amber coloured and strong in alcohol. Full hop finish.
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden brown in color with a cream bubbly foam head. Deep hoppy smell very bitter. Rich malt full flavor with a lasting malt finish.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown-orange with a great lasting, lacing head. Big chunk of foam floating dead center all the way down. Aroma isvery bready. Flavor is alcohol and sweet malt, and a sharp biting finish. Good stuff, can’t wait to try it on tap.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at a Belgian tasting at Bevmo.
For a brew clocking in at 12% ABV, this is smooth and the alcohol is well-hidden. It was a bit fruity and sweet, but overall it was a nice brew.
Quevillon (3024) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bu au Bières et Compagnies. Molson on deux bière (si on appèle ça de la bière), qui eu appèle ça une bière forte dans une petite canette (250 ml.) HA HA HA! Molson Canadian Cold Shot (6%) et Molson Dry Cold Shot (6.5%), je vous présant Bush ambrée, à 12%. Bière vraiment forte et délicieuse, dans une petite bouteille.
Stew41 (1967) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Update
Just had a look at a 2005 bottling. Very easy drinking for a 12% given the sweet and soft malt profile. Flavours are starting to mellow with age and I suspect the alcohol impact has settled as well. I thought it looked quite good and would be interesting to see how a 5yr is travelling. Scores relate to original sampling but I’d given this one 3.1 or 3.2.
Claims to be Belgium’s strongest beer at 12%. Pours a big ‘rocky’ head early but fades surprisingly quickly. Dead clear amber / caramel in the glass. Nose is more restrained than expected, almost elegant, but the power of this beer is nevertheless evident with sweet malts, raisened / dry grapes, some underlying heat. Sweet powerful palate, medium weight malts early, but picks up the pace quickly to finish with a big lick and malt and alcohol sweetness. Finishes a little hard (almost feels ‘extracted’ in wine parlance) and hot. ABV notwithstanding this beer is a little disjointed and perhaps not an easy drink to sip at.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber color with a big beige head, that never quite leaves. Aroma of alcohol, and a little caramel and dark fruit. Flavor of nuts, sour fruit and caramel.
Panzerfaust (845) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - FEB 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy red brown ale with a huge white frothy head that shows good retention. Complex and strong aroma of malt with notes of molasses, caramel and fruity touches of cherries, raspberries and red wine. There’s some alcohol presence too. Very strong flavor with a heavy sweet start. Feels like gun powder with the attacking alcohol in the mouth and ends with a bittersweet finish. The aftertaste remains for a long time being very alcoholic. Oily texture, clean and soft carbonated. It’s so heavy that sometimes it feels more like a liquour than a beer but it’s a very good Belgian Strong Ale.