Kleptoctopus (16) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Let me begin with a comment on the ratings of this beer. As the sagacious Jiddu Krishnamurti has said it best, "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." This, my friends, is a salubrious offering of the highest degree. Ever wonder how mountain monks live to be 100+ years old? They import.
Cybercat (6017) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
Strong aroma is fruity with a malty undertone and hints of yeast and caramel. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, off-white head. Crisp, malty and fruity flavor has hints of caramel and butterscotch, as well as a strong if not fierce alcohol nip. Lively, fizzy texture has quite a sharp edge and leaves behind a fairly persistent and pleasant fizz. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
The color is crisp, clear, and orange. The taste was totally unexpected. Like red hot candies, a little bit of caramel, and oak. The finish even has some chile heat to it. It’s incredibly complex, but I was a big fan. Even with that high of an ABV, I didn’t think the alcohol was overpowering. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle shared with peter before an all night mario session. What a kick! Crystal clear amber pour with disappearing white head. Sweet caramel graininess and clean. Alcohol, while very perceptable, is also well hidden for 12%. Tastes more like 9 or 10 at most. Syrupy, but just about better than any other beer I’ve had from these guys. And probably one of the best labels I’ve seen in a while. Don’t know where all the hate is coming from, this is actually pretty tasty. I’ll pick it up again. PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Well, I can’t believe the incredibly harsh ratings this beer has garnered. The beer is gold, maybe deep gold, with a thin head that does fade, oh well ... Aroma is a delicious malt sweetness with floral notes and a touch of earth. Flavor is a balance of yummy malt/candy and a light, zesty hoppiness. Clean. Body is on the heavy, syrupy side, but the whole thing is delicious and tasty, especially with the weather cooling down as it is here. Much better than I was expecting, much better that what it could have been. My two companions, who are not beer snobs but are still prone to offer critical analysis of a beer, thought it was tasty as well.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Can’t say why I enjoyed this so much, but I did. I even liked the crazy label. Sometimes things just hit a nerve. It had a nose of alcohol, pretty much the only noticeable trait. There were some hints of caramel, brown sugar, tar and leather. Poured light with minimal head. Sat rather syrupy in the glass. Tasted of strong alcohol with biscuit and handbag. It does proclaim it’s 12% proudly on a little tag. The alcohol was quite overpowering, but I like that from time to time. It came off as being whiskey like but not rubbing alcohol. Also, it was rather light and had a medium finish. Plus, I think it was only $3, which is a good deal. I will actually probably get this soon. jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Pours a one, three-finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied (thinner than I expected). Light alcohol and caramel nose, flavor has hints of alcohol, caramel, hops are in background, not cloying. Not as bad as the ratings suggest. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Chudwick (3317) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2013
500ml bottle - pours a beautiful gold to deep gold with offwhite head and next to no head. Nose is grainy and floral. Flavor adds caramel, booze, candy sugar, and toast. Sweet as can be. dry finish. Borders on harsh. Becoming a sipper. Burns on the way down the tubes after a few sips.Honey aftertaste. Obviously, neat label. nearbeer (5559) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2010
500 ml. Clear orange with a small, lasting ring of bubbles. Aroma of toffee and hard butterscotch candy. Flavor is sweet toffee, corn, some wooden notes and slight alcohol. Light-medium body is sweetish, watery,and soft. Not bad, but the well-hidden 12% abv is the best thing about this beer. Extra overall point for that. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
(500 ml bottle from Lou’s Beverage Barn) Pours light golden-amber, bright and clear. Two fingers of off-white head. Aroma of butter and honey with some hops. Mouthfeel a little sticky, lightly dryish. A few dabs of lacing here and there. Flavor of butter, honey, caramel and alchohol. Sweet and hot, along the lines of Samichlaus but ABV slightly more covered.