hirigalzkar (3155) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
2007 Bottle. Dark orange colour. Alcohol and syrup in aroma. Taste of vegtables, creme brûlée, orange, and roasted malt. DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 On tap at Prime 16: Pours rusty chestnut brown/orange/amber w/pillowy head (fair retention). The strong alcohol feel in the aroma is a little off putting, but let it sit or get used to it and you can smell a bouquet of berries and ripened fruit (notably apple), as well as plum, pipe tobacco and must. Flavors of aged leather, sappy malt, figs, pine, brandy, and a hint of coffee. Drinkability: Full bodied, bittersweet, alcoholic burn. Rebuy: Yes. #204 on 21112009, DG. dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
’08 vintage, sampled in a snifter. Was hoping for more based on the reviews as well as my affinity for Old Rasputin. Very aromatic with a nice balance between hops notes (grapefruit/citrus) and malts as well as an aroma I wasn’t able to put my finger on. Flavor was well balanced and leaned a little more hoppy than malty. There was a peculiar dryness to it and what another reviewer referred to as woody...I think I could agree to use that term as I’ve not thought of one more suitable. Certainly not a bad brew, but not my favorite example of the style either. Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear, deep, brownish ruby with a thin beige head. Aroma: honey, sweet fruits, malt and bourbon. Taste: honey, fruit, malts, hops, bourbon, notes of spice. Long, warm alcohol finish. Soft carbonation. Overall a very good beer: smooth taste, nice body with depth. I plan on letting my other bottles age in the cellar a few years. berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle at Øl & Mat 2010, Oslo. Aroma is heavy on the malt, but nicely balanced by a fruity (fig-like) acidity. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. Low bitterness. Incredibly drinkakble considering the ABV, due to a top notch balance between maltiness and acidity.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 2010 batch. Hazy dark reddish almost brown. Smells like sweet dark fruit. Taste is hugely malty and quite sweet with the alcohol burn at the end. Would be interesting to see what age would do to this. Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2010 vintage: Pours a very nice cloudy mahogany. Aroma is nice, with dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol-the flavor doesn’t quite meet my expectations set forth by my nose, yet as it warms, the flavor ever so slightly more-but not much. Initially it tasted a bit bitter with herbs such as lavender and dark coffee. I was surprised at the lack of sweetness, since most of the aroma contained some kind of sweet scent. As it warmed it strengthened in its robust coffee flavor and alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer. Quite palatable and would not mind having another. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2010 vintage. Ruby brown with a bit of head. Aroma is booze, dark fruit, brown sugar, candy, some hops. Full bodied, alcohol heat, a bit intense, some butterscotch. Definitely could benefit from some aging, but still pretty solid young. gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish. SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish.