Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Aromatic, deep woody notes with alcoholic character. Soft, silky smooth. Very clean. Age help this beer a lot. Polished the rough alcohol, made it deeper, more mature. Do not get me wrong, still dangerously potent but in much better edition. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Thanks to radiomgb for sharing this rarity. Pours very dark with an average sized tan head. Pleasant molasses and licorice aroma, faint alcohol, some dark fruit. Very flavorful. Abundant malt, slightly roasty, along with some sweet, dark fruit. A little plummy. Velvety texture, very slight alcohol prescence. Body was remarkably restrained for how big the beer could be. Thoroughly enjoyable. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours pitch black with a small tan head that just hangs around, lacing that drapes down the sides of my glass. Chocolatey nose, cocoa and dark fruits plus a shot of alcohol. Full bodied, oily texture, slick. Lotsa dark roasty malts that help balance out the sweetness. Notes of berries, chocolate, light smoke and some vinous flavors as well. Alcohol starts to appear as this brew warms. Finish is medium wet. Nice beer! Thanks herbjones! elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Thanks to JohnC for sharing. We had this as part of an Imperial Stout tasting, along with a WWS 23%, which was very different but along with this one stands in a class of their own. The dark fruit, cherry, coffee/cocoa, and whatever else is in there, are blended to perfection, the high abv does not attack and the overall result is spectactular.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Of all the beer brought to the "Captain Cougar Comes Home" gathering, this was the one I most looked forward to trying. I had given up hope of ever trying this rare brew. THANKS TOM for this did not disappoint!!! On to the rating... Opaque with a initial small tan head but very oily body and some lace. The aroma was a wonderful combination of burnt and chocoate malts, aromatic and piney hops, prune and raisin, with just a moderate level of phenols. The palate was attacked by an a extreme malty sweetness at first but became quickly balanced out by the perfect levels of alcohol and heavy handed bitters. A lot of fruity notes run throughout, both twangy citrus and deep ripened varieties. A touch of something like molasses added to the depth of palate. OUTSTANDING! The feel is so lush and oily, rich tasting with just a bit of twang and salt for good measure. The alcohol is well hidden it is unnatural. For something this big, it is so drinkable. This was so much better an experiance than the 23% WWS. Why oh why wouldn’t they release this instead? If you have the chance, you MUST taste some!
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2004
100th Rating. Thought I’d mark it with something special. At £8.05 a bottle it damn well better be special. Year old version from Safeway Citystore in Glasgow (must be selling off old stock). Deep Black. No head. Aroma of chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla, dried fruit. Full bodied mouthfeel. Tastes surprisingly sweet. No discernible hop flavour (surprising - because of age?). Not an obviously high alcohol beer (e.g. Rochefort 10 at half the strength tasted far more alcoholic!), but I would have preferred less sweetness and more hop character and vinousness. I’ve got another bottle - I’ll age it for a few years. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pours a jet black, small light-brown head. Aroma of barley, choclate, alcohol. Flavor is similar with molasses, cherries, and a few other things i’m just cant put a name on, Incredibly complexity to it. Palate is BIG, alcohol is hidden just amazingly well. Thanks to CaptainCoughar for sharing this one! heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Big time thanks to CaptainCougar for this hard to find beer. This pours a black body with no head at all. Just a few bubbles hanging out at the edges of the glass. The aromas are caramel, coffee, dark rum and toffee. The taste then hit me with toffee, coffee, green beans and vanilla. The mouthfeel silky smooth. This is much smoother going down than I would have thought a beer with this alcohol could be. Also, I am certain this is my highest ABV to date. A little bit goes a long ways. Maybe they should try releasing these in Foghorn sized bottles. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 black as night with no head at all.aroma of cherries,citurs,and barley.the flavor is cherries,smoke,and beef jerkey.this is a meal in itself.thick and hardcore for sure. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Pitch black opaque body with a small, fast dying light brown head. Aroma of pure alcohol, sherry, pit fruit, caramel, toffee and a small amount of roasted malt. FULLEST-bodied; Super thick sweetness-chewy almost! Cherries, raisins, brown & caster sugar and caramel in the taste. Strong as hell, but as imperial as anyone could wish for! Aftertaste is just as long-lasting, sugars dominate with a strong alcoholic burn. Overall, a GREAT treat, many thanks to Phil (haddon90) for picking this one up! This is just as good as the 18% (both 2001 & 2003) and the 23% in my book-sweet and alcoholic, but still enough complexity! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at BottleWorks in Seattle, Washington (by Phil-haddon90) on 05-September-2004.