VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Pours dark brown with a huge light brown head. Strong sweet aroma of fruit(plums), alcohol, caramel malt. The flavor begins sweet and smokey includes a taste of plums and faint caramel malt. This is followed by a taste of alcohol and roasted malt. Long lasting aftertaste - including mild acidic bitterness, and light smokiness. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Dark brown with big, bubbly tan head that stayed throughout. Caramel and malty nose. Very nicely masked 10% that also had some smokiness and tastes of prune. Another killer beer from HOTD. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 This one awoke me from my dogmatic slumber...or something of that sort. Garnet/brown with impressive initial head as well as retention. Aroma is admittedly strange: sort of barleywine meets lambic meets lemonade. Some smoke detectable in the aroma as well, and lots of nondescript earthy goodness. The flavor trounces the aroma though (unusual for me). Very rauchbier-ish at first, with a salty/meaty savor. A little bit of sour, and then some coniferous resins. Finish is a warming blend of delicate dark/amber malts, and a warmth that exudes through the nostrils. Amazing, but not one I’d have often. Re-rate, 10/13/07: Well, I’m actually going to leave the score the same, and most of my comments were on, though there was some stupidity there as in many of my old ratings. What keeps this from greatness, in my opinion, is too great of a phenolics presence. Still really good, and unique. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
This brew pours with a very dark reddish-brown body topped by a thick tan, lasting head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is like no other beer I've had. It's slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a note of pums, smoked meat and spices. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with a slight alcohol note. Full bodied, slightly tingly from the carbonation and warming. frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Murky dark brown body with a very small head. Malty,plum, and raisin aroma. Dry,malt, raisin flavors. a slight cocoa flavor in the background. Lingering bitterness.
Re-Rate: Batch #60- Nearly black color with a large tan head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, licorice and smoke. Roasty flavors up front with notes of chocolate, dark fruits and smoke in the finish. Great stuff.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Batch 57. Pours a dark brown with puffy off- white head. Smells like a belgian strong, with lots of fruit and hint of smoke. Has a flavor all its own. Begins a with a blast of sweetness, but very quickly smoked chocolate pummels the palate. Finish is long, mostly dry with lots of tobacco notes, almost burns going down, but touches of sweetness keep this beer enjoyable. Body is enormous. An incredibly potent and unique beer. Celebrating the end of classes, and my 200th posted rating. psychoanalyst (16) - USA - DEC 8, 2003
Very unique beer. One of my favorites and a great one to spring on your friends. Big head, nice dark color. This beer has LOTS of flavor. I first notice how sweet it is and the transitions along the long finish are great. run20six2 (123) - USA - DEC 4, 2003
Very dark beer. Nice taste, but noticable taste of alcohol. I've had better ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 3, 2003
I have been wanting to try this forever. Had a bottle after work last night. Pours a dark mahogany with blonde highlights. The colossal head forms without much cascading, and just sits there on top of the brew staring at me. The tan head is the color and consistancy of a Coke Icee. The nose is very complete with alcohol predominating, figs, anise, coffee, berries, plums, and raisins. This brew is literally bursting with flavor. The brew starts very sweet and warm in the front, transitioning to a moderately acidic middle. The finish is long and roasted. The full body is creamy, fizzy, and feels a bit cloying at the finish. A bit sweet for my liking, but a solid brew nonetheless. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
I’m indebted to both Jazz88 & Sham for hooking me up with this beer, within days of one another, Fantastic RateBeeriens!
Batch # 56 – A fresh one, courtesy of Sham.
Ok, Ron I had a little different experience. This particular Adam poured an exceptionally dark crimson brown body and a dense respectable two-finger toffee colored head. The aroma is intense, winter spiced apple cider, prune juice, caramel, overly ripened bananas, carrot cake, Amazing! A thick creamy palate, prickly on the tongue…. The flavor is full and toasty, Big chocolaty malt likeness. I also pick up on raisins, figs, plums, a dark herbal tea rendering, notes of chewing tobacco …. This is an intense and amazing creation!
I can’t wait to let my other bottle age for several months and then rerate this brew.