ryanfolty (2606) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
December 27, 2014 - bottle purchased at Discount a long time ago. Very black pour with almost no head and just stained the glass. Aroma still had quite a bit of maple, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste was sweet as expected, had some heat and also was fruity. Much more like a port wine than a beer. 1997 vintage. Christos (5889) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
(Samuel Adams Triple Bock) Bottle 250 ml at home, corked, vintage 1997, bought at the Delirium Cafe, Belgium. No mention of the ABV on the bottle. Served into a snifter.
The corked cut in half, no other solution than throw the other half into the beer.
Totally black in colour, pours thick like motor oil. No head or even a bubble formed on the surface.
Aroma mostly of alcohol, some wood, molasses.
Sweet soy sauce on the taste, very boozy, faint old wood, glue. I don’t find it that bad though.
Thick boy, almost totally flat. Very sticky on the palate.
I’ll struggle to finish this small glass, basically more because of its alcohol burn, other than that is quite drinkable. Theydon_Bois (20646) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, here’s a glass raised to Reluctant Scoops for getting this one to me, 24/10/14. 1994 Vintage.
Extremely dark mahogany brown/light black with tan edgework.
Nose is rich dark fruits, sherry, chocolate, plums, light smoke, woody rinse, booze tunes.
Taste comprises soy sauce, sherry, rich chocolate streak, more plums, dates, prunes, figs, brown sugar.
Full bodied, fine carbonation - slightly viscous, warming alcohol and sweet licks in the close.
Solid stuff, looks like we found a bottle that has aged gracefully when you compare our ratings to most others in recent times.
Cheers Scoops! mR_fr0g (13521) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to a Mr Boris. Oily viscous caramel brown coloured pour with a short lived light tan head. Aroma is big tangy fruit! Dried berry raisin, caramel . alcohol is noticeable on the nose with vinous dried fruits, booze and earthy choc. Vanilla. Flavour is big smooth! Tart berry, caramel, malty and some liquorice. Has held up to the age very well. Sweet, full bodied and smooth. Bit of Turkish delight. An absolute treat. Very lucky to try this. Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Colin for this whale. Vintage 1994 - the original. Pours flat black, oily, with pretty much no head. The nose has some tangy dark fruits, cocoa, tar, figs. Hugely sweet flavor with lots of dark fruits, prunes, figs, dark cherries. Full bodied, oily and chewy with soft carbonation. Warming finish with lots of syrupy fruits, raisins, more figs and dates, some tangy berries. Great stuff. Quite dynamic. Has held up quite well.
Scopey (15753) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle, 1994 thanks to Colin. It pours murky dark brown with minimal head. The nose is rich, umami, treacle, toffee, soy, oily, fruit cake, dark fruit, vanilla and honey. The taste is smooth, syrupy, oily, treacle, umami, light soy, touch of acidify, cocoa, plum and Chinese duck and plum sauce with a smooth, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Great depth and long finish. Great fun to try. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"weird...like the most complex, sweet soy sauce you’ll ever have. i enjoyed it as a treat, but it’s too much. not something i’ll go back for often. worth trying if you’ve never had. re-tasted 1/09 - aroma nearly unbearable, nice appearance, but the flavor is just a bit much. english barleywine it is not!" Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Vintage- 1997. Pours a thick oily black with no head. Smells of alcohol, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses. Tastes of syrup and alcohol. Unique, but just too much. Had a hard time finishing a 3 ounce pour. Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2016 The archetypical ’extreme beer’ from the nineties, tasted at seventeen years of age (the beer, that is, not me). No head as expected (and intended), only a couple of beige, small bubbles of air instantly dissappearing entirely; colour a very dark burgundy, like an old port wine, almost black, no fizz. Extremely strong aroma - and by ’extremely’, I mean it was not only noticeable, but even overpowering from a yard away. Smells of soy sauce, fish sauce, old port wine, balsamic vinegar, dried mushrooms, chocolate ’jenever’, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, banana liqueur, peat, liquorice and Worcestershire sauce, as well as something ’animalistic’ not unlike barnyard or - excusez le mot - menure. Complex and dense taste, candied fruit sweetness, very thick and oily mouthfeel (almost chewy), chocolatey malts, candi syrup, lots of soy sauce with a weird - and actually rather unpleasant - saltiness, a taste fortunately rarely encountered in beer; liquorice too, figs, port wine, some wood, finish very long and lasting, sticky, alcoholic but not really astringent, as a very old sherry or madera, lots of retronasal spiciness (thyme, ginger, cloves), citrussy hops, residual sweetness and again that disturbing saltiness. I was a bit horrified to find some solid chunks of protein in the bottom of the bottle which I ingested by accident. Glad I finally tasted this classic, I cannot honestly say I really liked it in all respects, but I can imagine it tasted a lot better in the nineties and I admit I was quite fascinated by it. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle: 1995 vintage. Bought this at Charles Street Liquors in Boston about 5 or 6 years ago. Surprised to find it on the shelf! Decided to crack it open for my birthday. Super dark chocolate in color, major alcoholic prune aroma. Similar on the tongue, almost like a prune soy sauce with hints of black cherry. Not as bad as I was expecting, but certainly not exceptional. Warming, a bit alcoholic, but for 18% it seemed perhaps a little less alcoholic than others in the same range. Viscous on the tongue, thick, a bit syrupy. Very happy to at least have tried this one. Lingering prune soy sauce notes. Shuddering just a bit....