NightHawk91 (96) - POLAND - NOV 19, 2017 hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited 2005 Edition. Bottle #00732. 24oz. Beautiful bronze/copper brew kettle bottle. Easily the most stunning bottle I’ve ever seen..downright impressive just to look at. Sam Adams signature engraved on the front, and on the back, copper sliding doors that reveal a picture of Samuel Adams. Bottom of the bottle is individually numbered in gold lettering.
Strongest beer in the world? Sure, it’s somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at John’s Grocery in Iowa City and took the only two bottles they had.
Served right around 60 degrees..let it warm to room temp as we drank it.
Pours a clear bronze/amber color..looks very much like cognac or whiskey. No head, lace, or carbonation, but it holds to the glass like syrup..very sticky consistency. Aroma is surprisingly alcoholic..smells stronger than many 40-50% liquors I’ve had...wow. Sweet smells of brown sugar and almost has a tequila-like quality to it. Interesting..
Tastes are incredible..very sweet & rich..dark fruits, brown sugar, smoky malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup....with a slight burning alcohol finish. Hop character is subdued by the huge malty tastes and alcohol bite. Very warming and has a wonderful complexity to it.
Overall, I’d say the 24 ounces probably isn’t "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? What’s gold going for an ounce these days? Other great high-alcohol beers such as DFH World Wide Stout and DFH 120 Minute IPA are less than $10 per 12oz bottle, and are around 20%. You can’t get much more unique, though..and it was nice to get the chance to try it. Goes down remarkably smooth and is surprisingly drinkable as well..the tastes linger on the tongue, and as soon as they fade, you find yourself yearning for another sip.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and can find this great brew, I’d say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you won’t feel so guilty when you’re staring at the gorgeous empty bottle.
2015. Aromat piękny. Smak gorszy. Słodkie fajnie. Spodziewałem się większej gęstości. Alkohol nie wadzi absolutnie. Rodzynki, masa orzechów, nuty beczkowe, generalnie dużo się dzieje. 4.75/5 // 2012 czyli 10th Anniversary. Jak dla mnie alkohol ostrzejszy i mniej przyjemny niż w 2015 (jest mocniejsze teoretycznie o 1%, ale też 3 lata starsze), przez co gorzej się pije. Za to piwo bardziej likierowe i gęste, co na duży plus. 4/5. Chętnie sprawdzę w przyszłości jeszcze jakiś rocznik. Muggus69 (2723) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2017
(unsure of vintage - dark/black metal bottle) nip from previously opened bottle at "Tony's Taphouse"
Never in my wildest dreams was I ever expecting to try this nectar.
Pours like a port - deep tawny, near ruby, next to no head.
Deep complex aroma reminiscent of a Cognac & aged Port - vanilla, toast, caramels, sultana, nutty rancio, spicy peppery note probably derived from alcohol.
It's hard to describe the texture of it - pretty much no carbonation, yet the length in immense, closer to a Cognac than anything yet sweet like a Pedro Ximenez - booze is so very apparent but doesn't burn just blankets you as it unfurls layers of complex caramels, oaken toast, sultanas & fruit cake, pale fruits akin to a good Cognac once again - it evolves & morphs and never lets go.
Spectacular, amazing, a religious experience - so far from any other beer I've ever tried it's difficult to compare. Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Dec 2005
Poured from its container(less than 1/4 of a Chimay Goblet) like a brandy, with no foam and no carbonation.
The smell? Smells like a fine cognac to me and gives me the giggles because I *love* a good cognac. Swirling it in the glass, it looks so thick and syrupy, it's not a cognac, Bill, it is not!
As my mouth sips into the intial offering, I'm thinking, wow. Maple syrup sweetness mixed with the heat of 25% abv...where is the sub zero degree weather when you really would *not* mind it being there??? What a warming drink Sam Adams has cast upon us and for that experimentation, I salute them!
I'm going to let the rest of ths elixir sit right where it is until Christmas *next* year! nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Aroma cognac. Tastes super concentrated barley vanilla bourbon. Grapes.Very smooth for what it is. Is that a nosebleed? Intense. Klimaet (3020) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2017
Pour @ Fermentoren, Copenhagen. Vintage 2013. Pours still, syrupy brown. Aromas of walnuts, booze, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla. Taste has porty wine, walnuts, caramel, light acidity, booze, bitter tannins.
MikeBeermaster (1029) - that shaggy maggot, POLAND - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle @ Dobry Zbeer, Poland. Pleasant aroma of pistachio, just like fresh grinded nuts with notes of dried fruitiness, some noble caramel touch and cognac-like hints. Deep copper in the glass, almost none head. Taste is semi sweet with notes of dried fruits, caramel cake, noble alcohol which fills the palate very well and some nutty back. Beer is very complex, maybe alcohol is too aggressive, but 27% ABV doing its best. Not sure if it’s perfect, but that’s a unique brew. BRW (3073) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2017
Bottle, thanks to Fombe. Dark copper colour with no head. Dense. Smells like something between a sweet wine, sherry and brandy. Sweet, caramel, wood, raisins, vanilla taste. Full body. Amazing. dropi6 (601) - POLAND - JUL 29, 2017
[email protected]Lowenbrau (4727) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2017
Pours dark brown, hazy, no head. Rasins, green walnut, grapes, plums, dry fruits, cocoa, vanilla, wood, barrel. At first strong alcohol, immidately disappearing. Sweet, little sour. Great experience. Full body, no carbonation.
75cl bottle @Cimmeria. 20-07-2017.angel77 (3867) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2017
Courtesy of this crazy lad of fombe89.
2012, 10th anniversary edition. Botle 9443. Stated above 29% ABV. Buffalo Trace aged, also port and rum barrels.
Pours flat dark amber-light copper, dense, viscous, Lots of sherry and bourbon reminescences in nose and palate, lots of wood, raisins, ageieg notes, vanilla, cacao, mighty malt bill, extremely sweet, smooth and ewell balanced, everything well integrated. Uf this can be called a beer, this beer is the closest to liquor i´ve ever tried. Unforgettable.
Samuel Adam’s utopías 10 th anniversary Ed 2012 botella 9443.
Botella cerámica 75 cl cortesía locura Fombe!!! tomada en Cimmeria 20..07..2017.
Color cobrizo caoba oscuro sin nada de espuma. Aromas intensos penetrantes alcoholicos que recuerdan más bien a un cognac brandy o Jerez. Sabores también intensos con notas potentes dulces y maderas envejecidas en vinos anejos. Dulces tostados que recuerdan a rones y ligeros quemados de bourbon. Notas de especias, vainilla y algo de cacao amargo. Cuerpo intenso con gran sensación alcohólica desde el principio. Increíble cerveza que se asemeja más a un licor entre cognac y bourbon. Impresionante, para repetir sin duda alguna........