Bill Becker (2007) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017 TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to CanIHave4Beers for this one!
Cracked open this 1997 bottle for a small pour, I couldn’t wait to try this crazy stuff!
Pours a sludgy blackish brown with ruby tints around the edges. The aroma is great and layered, I get chocolate, port, sherry, dark fruit, and yes, soy sauce, but that’s not a bad thing. The flavor is very sweet, notes of port, molasses, roasted malt bitterness, chocolate, raisins, and a great toasted nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, rather like Utopias.
Overall - this is way more maligned that it should be. This is great stuff! Yeah, it’s nothing like normal beer, but it’s very good none the less.
From May 2008
his just showed up again in Casper after many years.
Pours a thick black with no head and no lacing.
The smell has notes of dark fruit, maple syrup, caramel malt, and a strong presence of alcohol. Overall, very sweet.
The taste reminds me of a Port. Sweet caramel and dark fruit followed by some wood notes and maple syrup. Also a bit of chocolate. Very sweet to my palate. I liked it when it first came out and what do you know...I still like it. It's definitely not something I'd want to drink every day and the alcohol is there in abundance but it's a good sipper and it's tasty. I give it a moderate thumbs up. gripweed57 (2974) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2017
From old tasting notes. Cobalt blue bottle. Translucent deep brown color.mno head. Interesting aromatic complex malt aroma. Hints of molasses, plums and port wine. Intensely sweet, complex malty flavor has notes of burnt caramel, plum wine and licorice. Big bold mouthfeel. Areal Jeckyl and Hyde here. This is a subtle brew that knocks you on your ass when you’re not paying attention. andrewje41 (4523) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2017
Small blue bottle, poured, and filtered to remove the cork. Vintage 1995, courtesy of Scrizzz. Damn! Thanks Clint! Thick pour. Sauce thick. Jet black. Huge, intense sweet raisin aroma, and booze, noticed from halfway across the table. Raisin theme continues in the flavor, with an intense licorice and bran rounds up to the boozy finish. Huge beer here. First experience with this beer, so I have no comparison notes. What an experience this one was. Fun for sure, but about a 3 oz sample was more than enough. AndySnow (8305) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2017
How: Bottle, 1994 vintage.77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2016
Where: Tasting at Björn, 2017-03-04.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Alcohol, dried fruit, plum, caramel.
Body: Full body, flat carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, alcohol, a bit vinous, raisin, plum, caramel.
Thank you Mathieu87 & PriorL! 250 ml. bottle sampled @ “Epic beer Tasting 2016”. 1997 Vintage. Pours black with zero head. Nose is very thick soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce & even more sauce, alcoholic going to varnish & model glue,… Crazily heavy on the soy sauce. Taste is very heavy soy sauce leading into really extreme sweetness, similar to Sirop de Liège but even sweeter, sweetness on this is beyond all bounds, I didn’t realize that anything can even be this sweet, cloying beyond all possibilities, dark prune syrup, alcohol is largely obscured. Taste is not necessary bad but it is cloying to the point of being completely & utterly undrinkable for me. Low umami notes, insanely thick syrup. I cannot stomach this. It exceeds all known sweetness for me & goes even futher.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown color. Aroma smells like I opened an old steamer trunk, yeasty, musty, moldy. Flavors of soy sauce, yeast, peppery spice, and alcohol. Didn’t like this one at all. shigadeyo (3819) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
1997 Vintage... Aroma is super concentrated maltiness, honey, soy/fish/oyster sauce; pours like soy sauce, opaque, glassy, no carbonation, no head; super, super, super sweet (sweeter than sack mead and definitely the sweetest beer I’ve ever had), lots of rich complex flavors, umami, really intense black licorice, prune, raisin, tobacco juice, concentrated semi-sweet chocolate, warming but alcohol isn’t overly obvious; medium, really syrupy body (coats the glass), sticky; really interesting beer and unlike anything I’ve ever had and I like it... It’s really more like beer concentrate! bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
’97(?) drinken in 2016 APPEARANCE- pure black, no carbonation apparent, no head (see prior phrase), and has a tremendous
NOSE- black licorice and balance of sweetness. alcohol is pungent.
FLAVOR- black licorice x 10^3. I cannot deny the rumors of soy.
NOTES- this may be the first beer I’ve drinken that has noticeable legs. GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
1995 bottle at the DC March Tasting, thanks radagast83! Dark brownish, no head. Aromas of caramel, soy sauce, toffee, roast, tobbaco. Tastes of dark fruit, smoke, oak, tobacco, soy sauce. Medium-light body with a dry finish. solidfunk (9734) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Actually not that bad after 20 years. Like a chocolately barley wine. Thick and oily consistency. Sweet and remarkably free of booze. Light soy. Bottle, big thanks to Travlr.