mcberko (17345) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
2 oz. pour from bottles courtesy of Dave and Gerry (thanks a lot guys). Pours a cloudy, dark orangey brown - zero head. Aroma is like a cognac or sherry, with lots of booze, stone fruits (plum, raisins) and roasted nuts - beautiful on the nose. First sip reveals a palate literally like syrup, with flavours of cognac and sherry, thick caramel / maple syrup, dried fruits (figs, dates, raisins), boozy and very high sweetness level. Incredibly rich and complex, even if cloyingly sweet. Miles better than other stupid-high ABV beers Iíve had. Quite the treat in small quantities. chrisv10 (17329) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Sample @ MikkellerBar. Hazy dark brown/orange with no head. Aroma is malt, fruit, toffee, caramel and notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, fruit, toffee, dark fruits, caramel, little oxidized, warming with notes of alcohol. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 fresh 2011: Bright fiery-amber brown and flat. The aroma is mapley and woody. Sweet with alcohol tingle, and the maple emerges later to make a contribution to the finish.yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 17, 2014
oxidized 2011: Muddy amber and flat. Mapley aroma with alcohol. Rich caramels. Soft and sticky. Rich malts and dates and maple with lots of alcohol tingling the tongue. Finishes sweet and with hints of wood and alcohol. 7-3-7-3-15
old 2002 rating: Fiery amber, still; Firm, alcoholic aroma w/ vanilla, bourbon, malt, nuts. Notably phenolic palate is sweet, very mapley, with a bracing slap of alcohol. Very smooth, oily palate; sweet, liqeurish finish. Big time dessert beer - tastes like it was brewed with maple sap instead of water.
Bottle, at Patricks. An unclear, reddish brown drink, flat as a pancake. Pretty awsome aroma, very vinous and boozy, in a nice way. Raisins, cellar, prunes, toffee, notes of coffee, chocolate and some dark berries. Itís full-bodied, non-carbonated and warming on the palate, not remotely as sticky sweet as one could imagine judging from the aroma. Thereís not much bitterness going on, itís the malts that run the show. Some hints of coffee, cellar and old barrels, with quite a lot of raisins, prunes and toffee. Dark berries chime in, just like in the aroma, present, but far from taking a leading role. Itís probably a bit too warming in the end, but itís in the same nice way like in a very fine cognac, aquavit or similar. A wonderful and complex beer. One day Iíll crack open the bottle I have in my cellar, almost canít wait. In the meantime, I can enjoy it at the local pub. 140412 jtclockwork (16470) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Kettle. Pours dark caramel. Nose and taste of maple, oak, burnt caramel, toffee and vanilla. Very smooth and sweet with a whiskey-like alcohol finish. Full body.
brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Review is from a 2007 bottle.
A: The pour is flat (as I expected), and a lovely caramel/copper color with a nice reddish hue to it.
S: The nose really has some wonderful things going on. Rich caramel, maple, vanilla, and a slight chocolate aroma that I really did not expect. The only knock on it is that the alcohol can burn the nostrils a bit.
T: While the alcohol is still of course very present on the palate, itís much more manageable. The maple, vanilla, caramel, brandy, brown sugar, and chocolate flavors are intense and absolutely wonderful.
M: While the flatness really doesnít work with most beers, I find it to be quite nice with this one. The body is absurdly full and rich.
D: I was honestly expecting to not like this beer. Once I gave it a sniff and a taste, however, I became a believer in it. And should I have a couple hundred bucks to spare, I would pick up one of these. Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle @ Odense September Tasting, 2012. Thanks Pundarquartis for providing. 2009 Vintage. Pours dark unclear with small bubbles on top. Nose is alcohol, dark fruit and caramel. Noticeable alcohol. Prickly alcohol. Vinous and smooth. Lots of vanilla and bourbon. Oily and sticky. One hellova sipper. FatPhil (15975) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2009
4cl portion from bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2009) - 2003 vintageBenzai (15486) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
Sweet woodiness, raisins, and a touch of nut in the aroma. Lovely smooth sweet vanilla-ey palate. Taste dominated by smooth raisin, vanilla, and gentle woodiness from the barrel ageing. Both the whisky and the port barrels are easy to spot. Delicious sipper, but not worth the price (15e/4cl).
Sampled from 2009 bottle @ Sorbon, Bromma. Huge thanks to Afram for letting me taste this! Clear dark red color, no head. Smell is very powerful: sweetness, alcohol, liquor. Taste sweetness, alcohol, burning warmth, pretty fruity actually and liquor. Sticky, lightly oily texture, full body, medium carbo. Pretty extreme! Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle at ōLbutikken - thanks to Yespr. Cloudy deep orange - no head. Raisins, high hoppy, bread, alcoholi, brown sugar, lots of dried dark fruits, portwine-like. Powerfull and light alcoholic afterburn. Very delicious, but not as fantastic as I hoped !!