Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2010
0.33 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere. Slightly hazy reddish brown color. Thick, sweet berryish aroma with cognac, dark sugar, licorice, vanilla, oak, red wine and toffee. Sweet oaky and berryish flavor with caramel, toffee and cognac. Thick smooth palate. Firm oakiness but not overboard. Nice complex aroma. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
33 cl bottle. Clear amber with some bubbles around the edge. Nose is honey, vanilla, plum brandy and grassy alcohol. Smooth medium body; sticky with a trace of carb. Taste is very sweet caramel, apple and honey; quite like a mead. Cognac adds some complexity but doesn’t dominate. Finishes with melon and citrus peel. Borresteijn (7489) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2009
33cl Bottle from Bert’s Bierhuis. Slightly hazy nutty amber colour, no head. Aroma of full on very sweet malts and lots of fruits like prunes, white raisins, alcohol. Flavour is very sweet, too sweet imo, very fruity and malty, light cognac feel in the finish, but I’d like that to be more pronounced. Fullbodied, but no carbonation at all, and I strongly dislike that, a beer should have at least some bubbles imo. It’s also way too sweet for my liking. It’s a well-crafted brew, but just not for me. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Poured hazy amber, sweet white grapes, caramel malts, wood, vanilla, little nutty, slight licorice. TBone (18212) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2009
Bottled 33cl 416/1134, bottled 10.4.2009
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Dark amber-brown color, tiny white head. Sticky sweet aroma: molasses, prune, fig, grapes. Full-bodied. Very sticky, very sweet, very liquerish. Vanilla, oak, sugar, fark fruits in the flavor. Sweetness is covering the alcohol totally. Dessert beer. 33cl is too much!
Shiny copper color with no head - just some disparate airy bubbles that quickly fades away.
Raisins, lots of cognac, rum-soaked fruits (plums) in the nose. Actually, here’s quite a lot of fruits. Malty aromas of caramel. Quite a lot of alcohol as well, but the alcohol is nicely integrated and is reminiscent of fine spirits. Although the smell seems slightly muted due to the obvious lack of carbonation, it’s still very impressive and powerful.
The taste is malty and very sweet. Lots of fruit here as well (grapes, plums, apples, raisins), but the fruity aromas are not as liqueur-like as in the smell. Notes of cognac, nuts, caramel and fudge. A hint of oak. Perhaps I pick up a hint of vanilla. The taste is not overly powerful, but very nice. The finish is mildly bitter with some leafy and spicy hop notes (more than expected), quite a lot of alcohol and lingering cognac flavors. The alcohol is impressively well hidden.
Full-bodied with a fat and chewy texture. No carbonation at all.
D: A very delightful and potent beer. Balanced. But some carbonation would have been nice. Definitely recommended.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) AmEricanbrew (6954) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2009 bottle#0733. Hazy amber with no head. Big pit fruit, toasted oak, brandy, spicy aromas. Medium body with little carbonation. Big candi sugar sweet flavors with vanilla, brown sugar, mild brandy and oak. Very little bitterness,booze is well hidden. Thanks Ken for this bottle. trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle. Rich aroma with plums, grapes. nuts. oak and portwine. Deep redbown colour with no head. Very sweet flavour which ends up like portwine and wood. Surprisingly low bitterness despite high IBU 62. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle #922/1134. Pours translucent copper, with no head. Intense, fairly sweet head, with notes of caramel, peat, brandy, dark fruit and wood. Flavor is sweet as well, with caramel, raisin, brown sugar, peat, wood, honey, and tobacco. Smooth with little carbonation. Finishes with brandy and some alcohol. This is a great sipper. anders37 (26987) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2009
Draught at Københavns Øldage 2009, Valby. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish fruity malty caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit and hints of brandy. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit and some woody hints. Has a long sweetish malty caramel finish with hints of brandy and dark fruit in the aftertaste.