bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
From notes: bottle pour into snifter. This beer is not pretty. Looks like a cross between a quad and an oud bruin. Dirty brown-red hue. Smells like a bag of malted barley that has soaked in ethyl alcohol. The flavor is just what I want. Strong, sweet caramel malt body with still present, yet somewhat thinning hops. Butterscotch and navel orange begin coming through as it warms. Tastes beautiful and has held up well. chrisv10 (17942) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
Bottle, 9.5%. Hazy very dark amber with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, pine, little citrus, medium sweet and bitter. Rasmus40 (21476) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
2009 vintage. Hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - old hops. Flavor is quite sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish. 100412 saxo (18961) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are bitter hops, burnt caramel, fruits and malt. BeerSkull (1373) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Sweet hop-aromatic scent with a floral tone, a bit stale (the hops?). Taste is big with plenty of hops, very flowery with a distinct bitterness. Very nice beer... But! Unfortunately, the alcohol is too prominent, and the flavor also has a sweet, vaguely stale and slightly buttery flavor that I do not really like!
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
vintage 2009 bottle opened in march, 2012. Pours a very dark mahogany, with a one finger foamy head. Sourish aroma, likely from the Cellaring that the bottle says not to do. Taste is extremely malty. To the point where every malty beer I’ve had before is blown out of the water. Slight sour finish, but very slight.
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Notes from 8/2009
on tap at la Cave du Vin, poured into a tulip glass
a: deep amber color, 1/2" off white head with good retention, lacing rings the glass on the way down
s: clean piney aroma, hint of carmalized malt
t: caramel malt quickly overtaken by sharp bitterness and piney hop flavor. slight alchohol as it warms. Very nice.
m&d: medium to full bodied with light carbonation. slightly slick mouth feel, finishs slightly dry. Very drinkable beer for such a monster. Awesome!!!
Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
Bomber from WInooski.IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Appearance : Deep dark amber with medium foamy brown head.
Aroma : Big sweet rich malt with big caramel. Resinous hops. Piny with some raisins. Very rich.
Taste : Big resinous and piny hops with sweet and rich caramel. Finish is a bit warm. Light oxidation but nothing to worry about.
Overall : Very big bold and rich yet fairly well balanced. An American Strong like Stones does them well. Big hops, big malts. Nice stuff.
[Rated 09/30/2009] Bottle. Pours dark red with a small head. Aroma is very pleasant, as if it is a just-opened bag of hops. I am giving it the highest rating here, just because I spent 5 minutes smelling it without even having the urge to take a sip -- I just can’t get enough of it. Very nice flavor, too. Surprisingly mild for the 9.5% ABV that it packs. I don’t quite like the hop balance, though. It is much bitter than I expected -- a sharp contrast to the sweet, pleasant aroma -- and leaves a long finish that is just a little too bitter for my taste. The overall impression is still very good. Vignale (3940) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2012
Stored cold so even if it’s way past it’s best before date it hasn’t aged a lot. Still a big nose of pine and grapefruits and bitterness. Sweet and oily mouthfeel. Lots of pine and grapefruits and bitterness which makes the finish rather dry. A massiv beer that survived the long cellar existence very well.