jonno (3040) - JAPAN - FEB 22, 2018 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!
2012 bottle. Thanks John.Utopian ideals often place emphasis on egalitarian principles of equality in economics, government and justice, though by no means exclusively, with the method and structure of proposed implementation varying based on ideology. According to Lyman Tower Sargent "there are socialist, capitalist, monarchical, democratic, anarchist, ecological, feminist, patriarchal, egalitarian, hierarchical, racist, left-wing, right-wing, reformist, Naturists/Nude Christians, free love, nuclear family, extended family, gay, lesbian, and many more utopias".
Lowe1983 (1664) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2018
Pours a chipper color with no head. Aroma is very malty with dark fruits and plenty of alcohol. Flavor is very strong of the malts and dark fruits. Very dry as well like a red wine. josanguapo (2105) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2018
From Tercertiempocervezas. Tenth anniversary edition (2012) In Teku glass. Watching Black Mirror 4x02, then playing Life is Strange. With almonds, the aceitunas. Sweet port wine/ cognac notes. Really hot because of the great abv, but with alcohol well hidden in flavor. No foam. Superb in aroma Holmen2 (4393) - NORWAY - DEC 11, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 11.12.17. 2011-vintage. Dark brown. No head or lacing. Superb aroma of old tawny port. Similar and excellent taste, with dates, calvados, dried berries, rasins and a hint of fine alcohol. Superb!!! tandembrauer (1686) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 Shared bottle (2011 ed.) at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy copper without any head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, raisins, calvados. cognac, marsipan, alcohol. Taste sweet, but balanced by fruitiness. Extremely complex, one of the best beers ever!
stevoj (5958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2017
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 (956) - 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 (2831) - 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 (2051) - 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!