CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2008
2oz sample from a 375ml clear bottle: Pours a still, viscous, transparent dark copper amber mahogany with nice legs. Rich aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup and raisins along with a touch of toasted malt and slightly warming alcohol. Body starts very rich, full and dense with good caramel sweetness and complex peanut brittle flavors. Flavor has hints of tobacco and honey before a semi-dry slightly toasty finish with noticable, but not overpowering warmth and a touch of mint. I sampled this alongside a 2007 Sam Adams Utopias and this was earthier and much drier with some woody notes, but hid the alcohol much better than the Utopias. Overall, a very unique and complex beer that I was glad to have the chance to try. I hope Alan gets a chance to recreate this on a larger, less expensive scale. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
375mL bottle, courtesy of tertons. Can’t really thank you enough for sharing this, Nelson. A great weekend in CT. Pours a murky, oily brownish color with golden edges; gorgeous, thick legs; headless. Enormous, boozy, intense, nose-singing aroma; maple syrup, brown sugar, and sweet burnt sugar cookiess; very interesting, if a bit overtly alcoholic (but who’s surprised for 29%?); some raisins amidst loads of brown sugar. Unquestionably full mouthfeel: enormous brown sugar notes and maple syrup; sweet, chewy cordial-like character and warming, mouthcoating maltiness; intense, tasty stuff without suffering from anything overly sweet; alcohol is more resigned than the nose suggests. Memorable stuff. Very reminiscent of a more refined, clearly expressed Utopias. Lengthy, lasting finish: intense, chewy brown sugar, maple syrup, and very sweet intense maltiness without being sticky; well-restrained for the alcohol. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2008
A big time thanks to tertons for sharing this amazing beer with me. Pours black and still. Smells of caramel, toffee, hints of complimentary oak, hints of fruit, touches of pepper, bananas, some touches of cherries. Tastes boozy with some caramel, sweet malt, touches of toffee, chocolate, raisins, hints of cognac. Finish yields an earthy sting. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with no head, but check out the ooey, gooey legs.
Smell: Pure, top-dollar chocolate extract with a simmering pot of candied dark fruits, Grade-A maple syrup, brown sugar, and tawny port.
Taste: Luxurious blend of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and maple -- all very sweet. Tons of dark fruitiness crammed into every savored sip. A pinch of black Cavendish pipe ash. Some spice cake crumbs. Quite warming throughout, though never ever hot.
Mouthfeel: Thick-bodied. No carbonation.
Drinkability: Drinks rather well considering the purported ABV. It’s definitely the feel-good hit of my summer! A very delicious creation, it was hard not to include the "f" word in my review. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Ok, thanks to CaptainCougar for obtaining a bottle. The body was deep murky brown with no head, of course. The aroma was amazing, with rich toffee and cellar notes. There was also some sweet pancakes, pears and cinnamon. All of this was overlaid with pleasant oxidation and some alcohol sting. The taste was dry chocolate with some tobacco and wood. Only bare hints of any type of sweetness as this was mostly dry and woody. Too much on that woody character.
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Date: 06/03/2008fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
Appearance: clear dark brown, headless, thick viscous legs,
Aroma: rich rum soaked dark fruit aroma, alcohol shows as it breaths a while and then starts to disapate again, brown sugar sweetness,
Body: body appears big at first but the alcohol thins it out,
Flavor: hot caramel and brown sugar flavor, plenty of residual woody earthyness adds the balancing bitterness, lingering alcohol finish, touch of chocolate backed by a dark caramel character that offers a hint of sweetness, touch of licorice adds to the sweet backend,
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Holy ’mokes. This beer was amazing. And the age. I am floored. First for the fact that I got a chance to try this. Second by the beer overall. Amazing aromas. Wanted to sniff it all day, but then what? Dark Fruit, Molasses, cane sugar, wood, wood, and wood. Flavor didn’t disappoint either like some beers with an amazing nose. More sweet malts. Raisin, prune, chocolate. Alcohol was evident in the warming of the palate and throat, but not in the flavor. Purely awesome. Not to mentions pretty darn tasty. Thanks for making this happen. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Tried at Fordest’s tasting. Huge thanks to everyone involved in the process of getting a small bottle of this for tasting. Pours flat. Dark amber. I can’t believe I’m going to tast it. Wow, what an aroma. I smelled and smelled this for 10 minutes before tasting. I just can’t get over it. Tons and tons of woody notes and lots of oak. I’m afraid to taste it, because it may not live up to the aroma....Taste is awesome. Lots of malty caramel notes. Very mild oxidation of the very best kind...no cardboard. Figs, caramel, and brown sugars. Whew, taste completely lives up to the aroma. Lots of throat burn in a pleasant warming way. Sweet, brown sugar, figs. I sip away at it for 10-15 minutes. I don’t want the taste to end. Now, I can die happy. toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Sampled at the Fordest Tasting. Pours a tan brownish with no head and no carbonation. aroma of toffee, coffee, malt,.dark fruit and honey???? lacing like a brandy, somewhat boozy in that is was very warming, no way is this 29%. This is definately a high point in my craft beer experience. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Freaking fantastic brew shared by toncatcher at the fordest tasting. Awesome barley wine.