JoeMcPhee (9519) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
2006 bottle 76 of 100. Very still appearance with a gorgeous burnished bronze colour. Aroma of honeyed fruit, dried plums/prune, cherry, and peach. Light pepper but not alcoholic smelling. Sweet malty aroma, very vineous with notes of orange peel, dried white grapes and icewine. Light noble hop spiciness comes through as well. Port like. Marzipan, pistachio, and baked Middle Eastern desserts. Easily one of the most gorgeous smelling beers I’ve ever had... that alone is worth the price of admission. It’s hard to believe that the flavour can match it, but it does. Unctuous, silky mouthfeel. Warming, but not overly hot. Honey and dried fruit, baked pastry, sweet nuts. Long and luxurious finish. After my first visit to Southampton, I was unimpressed, but a beer like this makes the memory of that visit disappear. The sexiest beer I’ve even tasted. Unbelievably good. beastiefan2k (4076) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 7oz bottle at the Publick house. 2006 # 82/100. Poured into a snifer. Color is a translucent copper. Smell is of course strong. Pierces my noise hairs. Here comes the taste, wow, sooooo smooth. Almost no alcohol present. Goes down with no bitterness. Coats the tongue and throat just a bit. As it warms the aroma grows stronger. The flavor is almost rye-like. A great beer!!! Ungstrup (38249) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2006
A hazy orange beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet alcoholic with strong fruity notes - peaches being most dominant, but also noticeable hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and alcohol, as well as light notes of wood. The alcohol is also felt, it burns the mouth and throat. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Much thanks to egajdzis for sharing this bottle.
Bottle # 27/100, 2004 vintage, 187 clear mL.
Appears a hazy light amber with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peat, toffee, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit.
Taste is of sweet vanilla cake flanked with caramel, molasses, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is sugary sweet, syrupy, with brown sugar running along the palate.
Drinkability - ABV is present but not the 18% as advertised. Papsoe (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2006
(Bottle 18,7 cl) Slightly hazy, dark amber with a creamy, off-white head. Extremely rich aromas - overripe fruits in particular. Very full-bodied with some heavy alcohol and vinous, sherryish notes. Hoppy finish. Delicate all right, but not overly sophisticated. 160206
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
Bottled: Amber coloured. Light hazy. Beige dense head. Sweetness, alcohol and fruit in the nose. Is quite decent. Flavour is fruity, spiced, sweet and has a shitload of alcohol. Is quite complex, but maybe a bit too much for me. Is quite warming on lips and palate in the end . Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2006
Bottled. Deep glowing amber coloured. Aroma of malts, alcohol, toffee, vanilla and various fruits. Sweet flavour with loads of maltiness, toffee and dark fruits. Warming alcohol notes. Some hops in the finish. Soft carbonation. Rather balanced and pleasant. Thanks Eric. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 12/7/05. Poured out of 7 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with Eyedrinkale some time around the middle of this year. Deep butter toffee caramel orange color with some very slight but still surprising carbonation. Lacing and head retention are mostly non-issues, although the bits of tiny carbonation ribbons that do surface leave silken trails through the liquid that remind us it is indeed beer. Aroma contains some McDonald’s honey, lightly tangy with nibbles of alcohol pepper, somewhat oxidized and reminiscent of cane sugar. Faint rubbing alcohol comes on in extremely deep inhalations-- maybe I shouldn’t do that anymore. Flavor rocks your face off. Burning alcohol with some spiced presence, like a cinnamon cookie where they forgot to add sugar to the batter. Softly, sweetly leathery with a freshly-shorn wet hay flavor (just like I used to eat all the time when I was a kid, right?) and an intensely concentrated, sophisticated cookie/biscuit/toast malt essence with a distinct German zeal to it. Malt essence so extreme it’s almost in the realm of a scotch, but it leans away from peat and more toward golden raisins. A seeming noble hop presence with the fresh hay mostly emerges toward the finish. Not much sweetness in the flavor-- certainly not as sweet as the aroma suggests it might be. The body and mouthfeel of this beer are just phenomenal-- dense and syrupy with a warming alcohol blanket that glides through the mouth and relaxes your throat and insides. Finish is surprisingly a bit dry and reinforces the leather and hay with a powdery raisin residue. Dryly sticky, rosiny on the lips. A very classy, very impressive beverage. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 2004 Vintage, bottle #10/100 big thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this.hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Good lord, the picture to the left is worth 1,000 words. Just the most spectacular glowing ruby-auburn with magenta and amber highlights. Small, off-white/beige colored head is not extremely well-retained, but then, this is an 18% abv beer, so I’m just impressed it pours a head at all. Sediment is left on the bottom, and the beer is well unfiltered. Aroma of dry tofee, walnut paste, sherry of course, sticky caramel, buttercream, plum brandy and rich barley. Light hints of alcohol grace the nose, but it’s more a refined liquor sort of thing, not a raw ethanol. Taking a sip, or should I say, sinking my teeth in to it, I am greeted with the most succulent of malts. Thick, rich, caramel and toffee as far as the eye can see, with light raisins, vinous sherry notes and plenty of honey. Finishes with a dry, musty yeast, like peanut or walnut skins. Thick, chewy body is of course sweet, but not overly so. There’s something so divine and well-done about the malt flavor that it makes drinking this a real treat. Very low carbonation with a strong drying and yet warming sensation on the end. Such a little, unpretentious bottle and such a magnificent king among beers. . .I can’t even imagine how good this will be a number of years from now.
2006 Vintage Cracked this open Summer 08 to certainly less pleasure than the 04 vintage. Really lacking in complexity and sheer maltiness that made the 2004 so delicious. Some premature oxidation has set in, giving a rather dry, nutty, lightly crackery nose and finish. Still not bad, despite some obvious alcoholic tendencies, but it wouldn’t stand out in a blind tasting, I’m sure of that. 7/4/7/3/15 Score is an average of the two I’ve had.
Big thanks to EDA for providing me this bottle (thrown in as an extra in a trade to boot!). 2004 vintage, bottle 58 of 100. Poured a darker and slightly hazy amber color with a very small sized head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, alcohol, and somewhat musty. Tastes of green apples, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Sweet with a green apple sourness to balance it out. Definite alcohol presence but not 18%. A definite sipping beer that I wish I had move of!