rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
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 (1120) - 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 (2200) - 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!!! Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A thick, tan creamy head that rapidly disapated. Jet black-opaque. Very strong flavor of roasted grain with coffee overtones. Strong but smooth, no bitterness. The aftertaste is masked by an alcohol burn. good? Yes! Expensive? Very. Get it again? Um Maybe. I’m a guy that enjoys my stout with a snifter of brandy on the side. No brandy needed for this one. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle. Holy grapes Batman! There is a whole cornicopia of flavors here. i will try to describe a few: there is a strong grape presence, raisin, alcohol, green apple, bourbon, malt, and toffee. I have had many big beers where the alcohol is masked. Not this one. The alcohol is very upfront and burns when going down. The body is very sticky, and the overall mouthfeel is like candy. Overall this is very nice, but the sweetness is a bit too much and detracts from the overall flavor. Still quite nice though. blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Awesome! After having once tried that SA Triple Bock, I’d almost swore off these extreme brews. Smooth, warm, malty, candy like -- split the bottle with a friend and savored sweet texture. Alcohol was not overbearing either. Great! SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Sweet succulent honey roasted barley with pancake molasses and chocolate notes slight hint of java. DARK!!! prolly have to use kryptonite to penetrate this one. LIght lacey tan head from a snifter.
November, 2001 release (18%) displays the unaltered words "Vim and Vigor" Please take note to the Commercial Description. And yes I had the good one ;) PLease leave us not forget the mention of the previous posting of Crosling’s rating. So don’t be fooled. Big up’s to you Crosling. For pointing this out. Flavor is impecable beyond belief. Stout is stout but this is stout in it’s finest. If you fine better please forward. OK so I gave you flavor now leave us to talk about savor.