walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2007
had this September 22nd, my birthday present from Brett. another wow beer. poured a dark amber to ruby with no head. aroma besides the hint of alcohol I got black currant followed by some red currant and the secret ingredient green tea with a nice blend of malt and vanilla and caramel. flavor, the currants take a front seat here with the caramel and vanilla coming in a close 2nd, I was excepting the alcohol to be right up front on this beer but it just poked it head out. IMO this would give the raspberry eisbock a run for its money wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle at Sea of Floyster tasting. Huge thanks to WeeHeavySD for bringing this super rarity. I think he mentioned one time this was his rarist bottle, which is saying something for someone who has everything including Dave. Crazy great aroma. Deep rich brown amber color. Fruity, sweet and mellow. Tastes like pure unfermented cassis, more than any other beer I’ve tried. High residual accentuates fruitiness. Excellent! punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Pours a deep dark ruby brown color with a small tan head that dissipates almost immediately. Thick black currant smell evident as soon as you open the bottle with notes of honey, some citrus, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. Lots of vinous black currant flavor with a strong dose of vanilla. Hints of caramel,brown sugar, and some woodiness.r popping out with loads of alcohol in the finish. The intense alcohol is about the only thing that takes away from a perfect 10 for flavor. Body is full and oily with, obviously, plenty of alcohol warming. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2009
10th rating, nice to make this beer finally official. via trade a ways back with ryan, pretty sure he changed his name. Bottle @ Post Belgian Fest killer tasting dubbed Sea O’Floydster, with a load of cool people including Cquiroga, floydster, seaoflament and many others. Pour reddish brown without much of a head. Nose is super sweet and incredible really quite amazing. Taste is super fruity some what tart, very nice and super well balanced without much heat for how big this beer is. Awesome!!! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle shared by Brett. Flavor is maple and tea along with some caramel. Gigantic amount of sweetness without being cloying, actually balancing out nicely. I really question the 17% as this is way too drinkable for that. An amazing beer.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle shared by Bret at Kuhnhenn WInter Solstice, he broke it out when I brought out a Westy 12. Very dark with no head. Aroma of candi sugar, malt, caramel, currant, and tea. Very sweet, fruity flavor similar to Tenacious Cassis. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. Very nice! ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Sample provided by the Kuhnhenn brothers. This was a keg of Extraneous Ale that had black currant juice added to it by mistake. rallison (116) - USA - APR 1, 2009
Dark amber body with no head. The aroma is currant juice, caramel, cherry and raisins. The flavor is currant, toffee, prunes and rum. Full body with a soft and smooth texture that borders on sticky at times. ABV seems better hidden than in the regular version.
Huge thanks to WeeHeavySD for bringing this rarity to the Sea Of Floydster tasting (like we were lacking in the rare beer department..).
Hugely sweet caramel-tinged cassis in the aroma. Enjoyable, but definitely bordering on the too sweet side - that said, as a sweet nightcap with some cheesecake, this would definitely work.
Sweet, smooth, rich, decadent cassis against a powerful caramel-ish body. Overly sweet, once again, but quite interesting. More caramel and brown sugar and less cassis than in Tenacious Cassis.
Virtually no alcohol heat. Not a bad beer, but not totally digging it either. Unique, indeed. Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
187 ml of unique thick fruit wine . A barleywine style? sure. 2007 edition. Pours dark black. Full mouthfeel, particularly fun after back-to-backing the hansenns cassis. Full flavour of cassis, fruit sugars residual. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle at Kuhnhenn on 11/25/06
Greyish-beige head sits atop a deep magenta-violet tinged black cherry body that shows a medium to medium-high clarity. Only light carbonation perceptible and the head recedes quickly to partial cover, leaving little/no lacing behind.
Soft, waxy/plastery currants are noted first, in the nose, followed by a burst of some piquant acids and skin tannins. It seems to build on and draw strength from the dark malts that lie in ambush behind it. Warmth allows heavily caramelized, thickly sweet chocolate and toffee notes to emerge, while a decided note of vanilla gives a little lightness and evolves in to almost a dry black cherry character. Grainy barley, a touch of char and wood are found at the back, but the cassis is very good about covering the rough edges seen in the normal version (which is barrel-aged). Very strong aroma, with little no alcohol perceptible.
Tight, engaging carbonation provides a frothy, juicy currant-cherry richness that softens somewhat, allowing more waxiness, light vanilla and bland wood notes to soften the fruit acids. They perk up again, more acetic-like, on the finish, which is also alive with medium dry chocolate, light hints of coffee and bits of light char. I didnt find much rawness in the normal version, and certainly don’t find it here. There’s no doubt plenty of warming on the finish, but I dont see obnoxious fusels and sharp, disruptive fumes rising from the glass. Despite the carbonation’s best effort, the body is still rather oily/waxy. I’ve mentioned it before, but dark malts and dark fruits don’t seem to come off nearly as bright as say medium malts (their eisbock) and raspberries, so it’s not quite in that ballpark for me, but every bit as good as something like Kulmbacher eisbock. Very unique and surprisingly drinkable. Still have one bottle left. Will see how it ages.