MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
a light copper color w/ a nice off white head some nice carb bubbles and lacing. Big alcoholic scent in the front lots of carmel some plums and prunes and touches of raisens... still mostly alchol. Palate if full and creamy very warm. The taste is brown sugar, raisens, hints of carmel and a good amount of warmth in that swallow almost a syruppy flavor feel to it. This is w/ out a doubt a big beer. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day tasting, provided by jsquire. Bottled 19 December 2002. My writing is sloppy and quite large for this, my final rating from Friday evening. But I’ll try to transcribe my words anyway. Red-brown body, almost no head (but what was there was apparently light cream-colored). Strong alcohol aroma with caramels and a touch of something (prune? hard to say...). Strong caramely body, candy-like, with a powerful alcohol kick. Rich, dense palate balances the seemingly unreal ABV. I really liked this and will have to sample the bottle I have sitting in my "cellar" on a fresh palate. Maybe I’ll write a bit more legibly a second time. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. I’ve been trying to find this one for years now. The bottle was from 12/02, and I estimated the ABV at 15%. 20% seems more like it. It poured a turbid dark brown with small off-white head that didn’t last long. The aroma was malty, with some figs, brown sugar, raisins, and a strong cognac aroma. The flavor was hot, as the alcohol was not hidden, but I don’t think it was intended to be hidden. This style is pretty much a beer/liquor hybrid as far as I’m concerned, and the flavors were malty, with a strong fruity, fig, brown sugar, and slight chocolate hints. As it warmed, it gained some barleywine character. The palate was dense. I enjoyed this one a lot, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Poured a mostly clear amber color. This beer is very everything. Very sweet, very thick, very tasty, very warming. Sweet dark fruit aroma, with brown sugar and alcohol not far behind. Flavor matches for the most part except that you get some pepper/ alcohol bitterness on the thich full finish. Almost syrupy. 4 750ml bottles left. Yeah. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Jsquire. Dated December 19, 2002. Strong vinouts aroma with apple and honey. Aroma is very similar to the J.W. Lees Harvest Ales. Pours a transparent amber with an insignificant white head that quickly becomes a ring. Very sweet. Lots of apple and honey. Raison is not there nearly as much as the D’Etre. Lots of warmth in the finish in flavor and burn. The alcohol bite hits and then lingers for a little in the aftertaste. Alcohol bite could definitely afford to be subdued a tad.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle. Orange-amber in colour with a white quickly diminishing head, no lace. The alcohol in the aroma dominates everything else but the is some caramel malts and its very sweet. The flavour was once again dominated by alcohol, some raison and plums, caramel malt, bread, very sweet. Hot mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a long alcohol burn. Unbalanced and way to syrupy. delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2005
must have been a dead bottle for there was not much fiz....just like drinking a weak syrup..no alcohol kick that I could taste. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pours a deep copper color with a decent whote head. When smelling and tasting this, one item overshadowed everything else: raisins. This one’s almost raisin overload. It’s saving grace are the maple sypuppy elements that come in as reinforcements at the end of the tasting. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2005
From the bottle this pours a clear copper with a fast falling white head. From the start this pours like a slighly carbonated sherry. Very heavy sweet caramelized malts throughout, hints of dark fruit and lots of alcohol showing, but not what i expected for twenty percent. This was a very smooth sipping brew, probably should be served in a smaller bottle, cause having a couple ounces in a snifter might more managable then 750ml. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
A big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this to Noog! Bottle, Nice dark colored pour - examined that from someone elses glass since my pour was into a coffee mug. Huge raisiny rummy sweet aroma and flavor. Some peppery notes, tho I couldnt tell at this point if it was spices or alcohol or both. Fairly thick and syrupy, and very warming. But for 20%, I thought the alcohol was well hidden.