jb (3253) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
I’ve always wanted to try this. A friend still has a few bottles, 1995 vintage, he says the taste has changed very little over the years. Fast forward to now. Wow a malt and booze bomb. Smooth, with burn at the end. Way too sweet though with no balancing issue but for the booze. Very dark and flat, intriguing looking. Nose is decent and interesting. Brandy, plums, booze, tea. Actually, this was a bit better than I thought it would be. Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Smells like raisin juice. It’s not thick but muddy. Lots of sediment. Taste is malty raisin. No complexity left, flat. Not bad but a taste is enough. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 Bottle shared by Brad - thanks! Yes, big boozy soy sauce. But very rich and interesting too. I dig it. TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 Dark brown cloudy color. Tons of dark chocolate, caramel, prunes, dark cherries, maples in the nose. Very intense and wonderful. Virtually no carbonation, like flat. Intense, maple syrup, cacao, oak, dark fruit notes. Rounded and deceptively drinkable for 17%. This was aged 18 years and finally it is peaking hauxe (771) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
Rated from rating notes made over 10 years ago. Pours very dark, no noticeable head. Smells like prunes, sherry, an a bad red wine. Very unlike beer, at least in the traditional sense. More like a sweet port. Thick, sweet and warm with all sorts of flavors coming through: wood, prunes, maple syrup, cognac. It does grow on you, but this one is hard to rate. Felt very much like a liquor.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Pours thick unclear brownish muddy, but no carbonation at all. Aroma is huge, woody malty resin and some smoke as well. Cognac in aroma and flavor! Body and flavor are gigantic, especially flavor bringing sweet grapey malts, and some smoke and chocolate as well. samsmith33 (772) - - DEC 11, 2015
Thank you Dave for sharing this rare keeper. 1995 bottle to glass. Cheers to 20 years. Look is purplish brown, no head, no fizz at all. Aroma is salt, soy sauce, dark fruit; alcohol is prevalent. Taste is plum, syrup, leather, raisin, dark rum. Very complex, this has held up very well. Read lots of mixed reviews and I’m sure some is due to taste, but the aging probably has a lot to do with the quality. Feel is un-beer like, syrupy, like a rum or brandy. This has been an interesting experience. X (172) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2015
1997 bottle. This one has been aging in my wine cellar since 2008. I drank another bottle back around then and according to notes rated it a 3.9. I just cant for the life of me see rating it that high again. The nose is black licorice and soy sauce. The taste is pretty much the same as the nose. Still a sipper that can only be taken in small doses. Luckily I am a fan of sweetened soy sauce. Palate is thick and sticky sweet, this could be used as syrup. Alcohol was well hidden. The occasion for opening this bottle is my moving to Colorado and I just did not want to take it with me. This paired beautifully with some cave aged cheddar cheese. vyvvy (6478) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Thankfully I didn’t have high expectations here. Certainly didn’t age like a champ. It pours dark brown with no head. It smells like oxidized soy sauce, alcohol, glue and that sticky ant killer stuff. It has a thick cloying body with no carbonation. It starts brutal with soy sauce that’s super sweet and on steroids. It also has dark berries, brown sugar and syrup. The finish has alcohol and sweetness. Its certainly interesting, but never want to touch this again. rouhlas (3616) - GREECE - SEP 5, 2015
250ml bottle, v1997. Black color with No head. Malty aroma, dark dried fruits, figs, plums, some chocolate, caramel, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with soy sauce. Medium to full sticky body with flat carbonation.