Cavie (4654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Way to come through pal. Heavy orange pour. Aroma stings the nostrils. Heavy, heavy sweet. Taste is richly sweet. Sweet bready notes. Very well done. The ABV is hidden so well! Sweet sweet finish as well. chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bought this a year ago and let it aged. Served in the glassware that comes with Sam Adams Utopia. As an added plus, the bottle was had been previously opened and resealed with the special plug that’s attached to the bottle. Carbonation keeps well even after several weeks.
Beer poured a deep Amber & brown color. Still had a nice little head and even some lacing after the bottle had been opened for several weeks.
Aroma is of bready, malty characteristics with a pleasant rum smell.
Wonderful sweet malty taste with notes of dark fruits -- plums, raisins, dates, currants and even an orange taste. Very complex and constantly changing in the mouth. Very thick and syrupy -- practically chewable.
What would you expect with a 20%+ beer? This is a sipping beer, to be savored and enjoyed at the end of the evening -- much like a fine port or sherry.
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Aged this bottle for 6 months. Pours a dark amber and looks magnificent. Aroma consisted of fruits and hops. When first tasting it I experienced vanilla, honey, fruits, and maybe some caramel. The alcohol is hidden extremely well but I could not have more then a glass or two for it is very sweet. Great beer for taste, not for drinking. Arayaga2 (2193) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is sweet and grapey with a bit of cinnamon. Taste is the same with pronounced cinnamon; fruity, vinous grapey,and finishing in honey. It’s *almost* cloyingly sweet, and powerfully alcoholic, but not nearly as bad as it could or should be at this level. I prefer this to DFH 120 $22/22oz DocLock (10660) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Pours turbid deep copper with minimal off-white head. Nose is prune, pear, apple, yeasty spice, malt, honey, fermented fruit. Tastes very rich, huge, with spices, cinnamon,and a gigantic honey dipped fruit flavor that reminds me a lot of the Jagwiga and Canadian eis-ciders I’ve had in the past. Very smooth, well hidden -OH, a bit cloying late, but delicious and very smooth and tasty.
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Hazy brown/dark orange pour with thin, tan head. Aroma of raisins and champagne. Taste of raisins, honey, and fruit cider (minus the sour) as well as a nice caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Bottle, big thanks to Ericandersnavy. Poured a dark amber w/ white top. Aroma was of apple and cinnamon. Flavor was of a sweet caramel apple. Good sweet beer! neepsntatties (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Had this at a tasting at the home of "hannont" a few weeks ago. Colour... clear, orange-amber with no head. Nose... loads of candied orange, pekoe tea and spice. Palate... holy cats! What a colossus!! Aside from the gentle CO2, there’s nothing else low key about this ale! Majorly cloying with booze out the wazoo, followed by toffee, orange spice cake, honey, sherry, candied orange chunks and marzipan. This is like a robust Grand Marnier! fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Aroma:Hot alcohol, raisins, dark fruits.
Appearance:Amber in color, with nearly no head.
Taste:Really sweet, apples, brown sugar, apple strudel, honey.
Palate:Medium to thick body.
Overall:This is an amazingly drinkable, well balanced, high ABV beer.
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Courtesy of Hopscotch. At the Otakuden Throwdown. Served hot. Creamy head with a burnt copper color. Nose is wood and port. Lots of caramel and dark fruit with hints of aroma hops. Flavor is super rich and a massive massive mouthfeel. I can taste alot of residual sugar but even so tons of caramel comes through with suprising amounts of bitterness. Sweet portlike notes of caramel, cranberries, figs and raisins. I actually thought this was pretty badass but its a crazy beer for sure.