Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 My fire is lit and this is my fuel. How does this walk amongst mor-tal men?! tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
I’ve been waiting so long. Delicious. Hides the alcohol very well. Unlike the similarly strong Triple Bock, this is drinkable and delicious. This is something to share, but it was a wonderfully dark and delicious beer. Very chocolatey and coffee. Delicious. A little too expensive, so that hurts it a bit. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 I have had this one sitting in the fridge for a while waiting for the right moment for my wife and I to share it. The moment came last night - and it was glorious. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick black and oily with almost no head. The aroma was spicy, sweet and malty - almost wine like. The flavor was quite reminiscent of fine port wine and had chocolate, caramel and vanilla elements. The flavor virtually explodes upon the tongue. Nice hop bitterness rounds out the finish and leaves the tongue calling out for more. A truly excellent beer. Not my absolute favorite - but I can see why it has a solid spot on the top 50.
Additional note 12/18/05 - just managed to have this one on draft today at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA. The draft is even better than the bottle. The draft fo this beer is truely a classic! JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 2001, sampled 11/5/2004. Dark oily looking beer. Pretty clear body that stains the glass as it rolls over it. Thin creamy head and excellent lacing. Nice full aroma of sweet cherry bourbony coffee, cask wood, port, and alcohol. Flavor... a sweet casky bourbon, cherry, port, and a light bitter roasty finish. Palate is surprisingly a little thin, but soft, slightly oily, and full of flavor. (9 / 5 / 9 / 4 / 18). rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
2004, sampled 2/11/05 (fresh). You can tell this is fresh. It has a bunch more hops in the aroma and taste... a bit of perfumey / piney stuff. Kind of reminds me of an Olde School with more dark malt presence and some cherry. Speaking of dark malt, some recent raters of the 2004 say they got some coffee and various related things out of it. I mainly noticed the hops (not that they’re uber-present). Maybe its just because I’ve had older vintages. Like the fresh Olde School I recently had, I’d call this a "raw complexity"... (7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 15).
Split a bottle with qwak. Port and whiskey nose at first that isn’t too powerful. This turns into cherries and vanilla, then dark fruits. Pitch black, no head. I can’t begin to describe the flavor. Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, cherry, plum, whiskey, red grapes, hops. This is insanely complex.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle: Opaque black with almost no head. Aroma: twizzlers, liquorice, cough syrup, alcohol, toast, cereal, grapes, blueberries, steak, bourbon, toffee, smoke. Taste: Syrupy, smooth, thick and acidic. Sweet pear, apple, alcohol, raisin, chocolate, banana, yeast, candy sugar, grape, port, bourbon, carrot. Finishes with a syrup coating over your mouth and then a little hop bite towards the end. The alcohol is not masked in this one, but its taste simply fits this beer (much like a scotch or port). This is a difficult beer to describe in one sitting. I would suggest throwing it in your fridge and opening it when it’s too cold. Enjoy it as it rises up to room temperature to really enjoy how much this beer changes with the temperature. Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours jet black with some ruby hues around the bottom. Short brown frothy head. Heavy nose of booze, grapes, cherry cough syrup, blueberries, hint of smoke. Sticky, thick and crazy with alcohol. Very vineous and port-like. Whiskey malts. Chocolate and fat as it warms. Beef, blood and iron. To say that it’s warming in the finish is an understatement. Gorgeous Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Poured black with a big rich head at first, that faded into a thin layer...smelled all of burnt toast (but in the good way, like when you have a hangover and your wife or girlfriend that are inept in the kitchen are trying to cook something to make you feel better [on second thought, that hasn’t happened...I usually only get yelled at, which makes me feel worse]) and alcohol...taste was actually much more palatable than I’d anticipated...very sweet alcohol flavor, but not presence (if that makes sense)...fruity sweetness all the way...started drinking this one at 55 deg, and alcohol was most mild...at 65 deg, it is so Jim Beam-like it isn’t funny... Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 pours black like a chain smokers lungs. an orange head makes a brief appearance then settles into a ring around the glass. very sweet fruity aroma of grapes and the like. other toffee notes are discernible also, and oh yeah ALCOHOL. rich and syrupy sweetness hits me first then a roasted hint of chocolate with a lingering alcohol kick that leaves a dry finish. I have a bad feeling i shouldn’t have drank this on an empty stomach. very warming. I think i just got a buzz from a 12oz, that might be a first for me. original rating 7-4-6-3-15
RERATE 03 borttle
black with a tan head. aroma is sweet chocolate chips and alcohol. taste is rich alcohol notes with an abundance of sweetness. cocoa throughout with an everpresent alcohol bite. finish is sweet caramel and chocolate and a drying alcohol. 7-4-8-3-17 HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Too many versions of this beer. Mine had a white label on it saying it was 20% by volume. Anyhow at 20% I expected a real alcohol bomb. Oh there is definately alcohol there but not to the extent I anticipated. This has got the flavor and body to stand up to it. $8.00 for a 12 oz bottle, I probably won’t buy many. I did find it to be totally enjoyable however. This is one everybody should try given the chance. YUMMY!!!