JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2017
Aged sample No head, reddish/orange tinted beer, faint haze. Soy sauce, ketjap manis, chocolate and whisky notes. Wood, oxydation, ketjap soy sauce, alcohol, fusels, and immensely complex. Very thick body, ultra-slick, even a tad buttery. Surprisingly complex still for a 23yr old beer. Strange, the nose doesn’t do it any right for what is following. Hip Hip Hoera for Mathieu, and many thanks for this superb celebration special! nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Review #4400. Were you wondering what I’d review for this epic milestone? Well I’m not going to disappoint you crazy tickers. It’s the Welshest of Wales, the crowning achievement of many a ticking career including mine, the one and only Hair of the Dog Dave. Does it live up to the hype? First of all, hell yes. Second of all, am I the one you really want to ask? Bottle, thanks to Alan. Shared with lots of other Bay Area tickers - I mean beer enthusiasts. Very dark brown color with minimal head. Aroma is smoky with roast, molasses, soy sauce, molasses, tobacco, and dark chocolate dark fruit, whiskey, port. Flavor is medium sweet, some spice, molasses, bitter coffee ground and cigar room finish. Palate is smooth, slick, with a carbonation level that would make Tomme Arthur blush (e.g., almost none). Not too hot for 29%, which is crazy. Full body, but not overly so. Very good beer, and the tick value is obviously astronomical. Life goal achieved. One of the best and most unique beer experiences I’ve had as well. rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
375 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar, thanks to kermis! Hazy dark brown almost black color with no head. Malty aroma, lots of alcohol, caramel, nutty, hazelnut, light dark dried fruits, soy sauce. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily sticky body with flat carbonation. 77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme & manifold thanks to kermis & fux for offering!!! Very few beers are more legendary & myth-like if any than this one. Black with no head. There is oxidation in the nose, very warming, very boozy, plenty of alcohol with thick sugar, molasses, dark fruit & soy sauce. Oxidation is low in taste body, likely due to ABV, seems to have kept quite well, what kept is very thick syrup, molasses & above all huge amounts of soy sauce of which I am not the biggest fan, very umami viscous, very monolithic taste, finish carries clear sharp plastic bitter, low burning plastic which further takes it down in my eyes. Viscous, molasses, marmite syrup body, not getting carbonation. It is decent, soy sauce & plastic bitterness are just not the most enticing flavours. Back when this came out there simply being a beer of this ABV must have blown people’s minds & there was nothing to compare it with. The legend is huge & massive will without a doubt remain. kraddel (8890) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours dark brown to black, no head. Smell is intense ! soy sauce, for sure. Taste is boozy, sweet, soy sauce. Very boozy aftertaste. Nice beer, on it’s own, but given the extreme fuzz it gets ( its like THE whale of whale’s ) i’d agree on it being a big dissapointement. We had far better ones in the tasting, but i’m extremely thankfull to Kermis to have made it possible for me to try this ( and so many other beers during the tasting he set up for it ) .
kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Dark brown with no head. Aroma of big booze, raisins, tobacco, soy, woody notes, caramel, overripe dark fruit, big alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and above moderate bitter. Full bodied with a thick texture, alcohol burn and very soft carbonation. Interesting but not worth the price tag. djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2016
8000th rating. Bottle split 9 ways with the RBSG crew at HOTD. Pours brown with no head. The aroma is strong booze, fig, raisin, wood, soy sauce. Thick mouth, boozy, raisin, caramel, gets better as it warms, very little oxidation, held up well, very nice.