stevoj (5635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2017 IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I was thinking about saving this for my 1000th rating, but who cares; I’ll find another nice brew. This was was nice and deep copper in color with an aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak, sherry, and sweet caramel malt. Flavors were very well blended with a lot of vanilla, roasted oak, bourbon, toasty bread characters, and alcohol. Though this was a 27% brew, it only tasted like it was in the low to mid teens for ABV. Real nice brew and worth the hype in my book. Nice job Sam Adams. Make more!
Taster courtesy of Toby. Muddy brown color, pours flat. Aroma is very boozy, turpentine. Taste for a brief second, chocolate, raisins, prunes, then obliterated by the alcohol burn. Sip very, very slowly. Bricktop86 (912) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 3, 2017
2017 vintage. Pours ruby and brown with no head. Aroma of nuts, wood, berries, malt vinegar, dark grains and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, light sour, light bitter and medium salt. NightHawk91 (96) - POLAND - NOV 19, 2017
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 (2748) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2017
2700th rating Bill Becker (1905) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 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.
From Dec 2005
nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2017
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!
Aroma cognac. Tastes super concentrated barley vanilla bourbon. Grapes.Very smooth for what it is. Is that a nosebleed? Intense. Klimaet (3039) - 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 (1077) - 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 (652) - POLAND - JUL 29, 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.