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Samuel Adams MillenniumSamuel Adams Millennium

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 21.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerBuyerBill
3.46/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was in my cellar for 14 years. The cork was 100% saturated, basically just mush held together by the wax dip. The beer was the ugliest I've ever poured. Dirty, muddy, cloudy grey/brown with no head. However, it still had very soft maple, honey, caramel, molasses flavors and aromas. Totally hid the 20+% Abv. Drank like a very old Tawny Port. Very delicate, not heavy at all. Good, not great, but didn't live up to the hype in my head or the cost of the bottle. I think it's well past its prime. When I tasted it in 2000 at GABF, it was all power, a boozebully of a beer. Now it feels tired and worn out.

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3.84/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let it be said, and as thedm is my witness, on October 19, 2003, I rated bottle #2421/3000 from the Fort Wayne Pubcrawl. The first observation that I made was the sediment that was floating around on top. I agree with aofoxxy that "sediments are distracting". The second observation was that after I took my taste of this beer I could easily surmise that this is definitely a sipping beer and not one to be guzzled. There was no head with only a few fine sized white bubbles that completely diminished. The nose was strong alcohol, sweet, and some fruitiness. The taste was sweet, fruity and also of alcohol from start to finish. The hue was copperish and the palate was smooth, alcohol, and it had a slightly burning sensation as it was being swallowed and there also was a dry texture to it. I did finish the snifter of this beer as I was not so sure I was going to be able to after sniffing this before I tried it. All in all, I am glad and proud that I have now rated this beer that I have heard so much about since I joined this site this past March. Thanks to my significant other, thedm, for giving me the opportunity to rate this beer!!

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Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing the infamous Millennium (MMM) from the Boston Beer Company out of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Score: 88

1999 vintage bottle. Forgot to write down the bottle number (out of 3,000). Served in a snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The cork fell apart while opening the bottle and had to be pushed into the bottle to be opened. Bits of the cork were strained as poured. The beer pours a murky brown color with lots of fade and sediment floating. Not quite sure what mix of the sediment is old/dead yeast or cork residuals. No head off the pour. No legs or lacing. 3/5

Smell: Fiery, fusel alcohol followed by dark fruit, caramel, leather and wood. Kiss of vanilla too. Super boozy and alcohol forward, but behind that is a nice and big strong ale with some positive/fruity oxidation and sherry. 4/5

Taste: Fruity oxidation, leather, and a little green pepper towards the finish. Lots of caramel flavor, with a touch of vanilla that is extraordinarily muted side by side with Utopias 10th Anniversary. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Viscous and full bodied, virtually no carbonation. Drinks like an oily spirit. Sweet-leaning. 3.75/5

Overall: A good, not great beer. Utopias was better. This 15 year old beer is probably past its prime.

Cost: $900 for a 750 ml bottle

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had back in April, Utopias right before. Pours a dark chestnut brown, transparent. Much more mellow than Utopias, 11 years can do that. Sweet malts, caramel, some light bourbon, notes of cherries, a fair bit of tobacco and hints of sherry. The flavor has the sweet malt, notes of plums and cherries, sweet vanilla and roasted oak from the barrel, bourbon notes well integrated, leafy tobacco with faint heat. full bodied, much smoother than utopias but still has a viscous creamy feel with a gentle carbonation and smooth finish.

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Photo of rastaman
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shares more characteristics with a fine sherry or port than any beer i've ever had. A sipper for sure. Rich, nutty, lightly oaky, vanilin, maple, and some light saltiness in the finish, full bodied with an extremely long finish, very tasty. The sweetness is very well balanced. Its hard to believe your actually drinking beer when you have this, very interesting.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an original bottle. Pours a chestnut with orange edges, a bit lighter than the 2009 Utopias consumed prior. Nose is fairly hot, though not nearly as pungent and earthy as Utopias. Hefty, though with a much older, more refined malt character, tobacco and leather on the finish. Fairly oxidized though not really to much detriment. Fruits are plums, dates, and raisins, weaved tightly into the tobacco qualities of the aged malt. Fruits come out especially on the front palate. Much like an old English barley wine in that way. Toasted marshmallows, vanilla sweetness, wood. This was really enjoyable but almost too smooth at this age. Very nice to sip on over the evening with friends.

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4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer generously shared by hoppymeal. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a few bubbles that quickly settle to a partial ring. Hazy orange-brown body with a hint of transparency. It's like a lighter Utopias.

S - Port-like oxidation, caramel, toffee, light chocolate, maple, oak barrels, cherry cordials, and booze. There's some obvious alcohol, but it's not out of line for 21%. Perhaps a bit too sweet and cloying to be perfect.

T - The alcohol is better hidden in the taste. It's a lovely mixture of sweet butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and a lightly oaky finish. Not as complex as the aroma, but perhaps more balanced, with some light whiskey bite to keep things from getting overly saccharine.

M - Pretty much still, but avoids being syrupy. Still, it's full-bodied, sticky and viscous, with some mild tannic oak character as well. Alcohol heat is present, but not unexpected.

D - Slightly more drinkable than Utopias, as it still feels like a high-gravity barleywine rather than a liquor in some ways. It's very good, but it'd be hard to have more than a few ounces as a time due to both the sweetness and the alcohol. Still, I'd welcome the opportunity to spend a little more time with this one, although I'm not counting on it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MI Mega Tasting III, provided by the one and only hoppymeal. Beautiful presentation, big wooden "coffin" with a 750ml wax-dipped bottle. Poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.

A - Pours a mirky brown/orange, looks like a port, no head, lacing, or retention. Basically, just the body of beer and nothing else.

S - Wonderful dark fruity sweetness, caramel, burnt sugars, ultra-smooth booze, figs, raisins, dates. Very rich and smooth...an excellent combo.

T - Big smooth booze and huge dark fruit notes right up front. Followed by oak, caramels, and sugary sweetness. Just a big, over-the-top beer, plain and simple. The palate makes no mistake what this beer is trying to do...blow you away.

M - Medium, rich and smooth, no carb, creamy sweet finish.

O - As close to a vintage port as I've ever had without actually being a vintage port. I was very impressed with this beer, and it's held up well after all these years. The booze is smooth and the dark fruits and caramel sweetness is right on-point and just the way I like it. A sipper, for sure. A must-try!

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4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks again Brad! Bottle 685/3000 from a cool looking velvet bag and fancy engraved box.

a - Pours a murky brown color with no no head or carbonation, as expected.

s - Smells of maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, oak, toasted malts, and some toffee and caramel malts. Really nice nose, I'm a big fan.

t - Tastes follows the nose but with a little more alcohol. Loads of maple, toffee, caramel, molasses, sweet dark fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, and alcohol. Very nice.

m - Medium body and no carbonatiobn. Thick, smooth, and creamy, very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall this is a very nice beer; very similiar to Utopias in mouthfeel and alcohol...in terms of liking them I'd put them on par with each other. Tons of sweetness and maple/toffee to it, a sipper for sure and something a 2 oz. pour of would be a nice night cap.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this from a bottle at a recent Beer tasting event.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden-brown. No foam.

Smell: Very pleasant caramel aroma. Very nice for inhaling like a brandy or a cognac.

Taste: Sweet, caramel and malt, with the flavor of alcohol noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, very warming, like brandy. Pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - best if sipped and savored slowly. A very interesting brew. I preferred this to the Utopias (but not by a huge margin).

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Photo of treyrab
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some of my reviews. This was opened by a generous soul last summer at an epic tasting.

The opening of this beer was rather comical. The cork was so old that it started to crumble. Thus, in our current state midway through the tasting, we deemed it necessary to have one person take a vacuum hose to the top of the bottle, while another person chiseled away at the cork. Finally, we got it (but not without some cork particles in our glasses).

A: Pours a flat (as expected) deep brown with a few tan bubbles (that were most likely from the vigorous pour, rather than actual carbonation).

S: Intense rich leather, deep wood, salty soy sauce, dark chocolate, and cigar leaves. Smells kind of sweet though, with maybe some toffee.

T: Pretty much the same. Incredibly complex. And while this has some heat to it, it is incredibly smooth and does not interfere with the other flavors.

Overall, this is just a spectacular beer. Definitely the best Boston Beer Co. beer I have had.

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4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Intermission" beer at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

Longtime want served in a Samuel Adams taster glass.

Pours a clear copper-dark brown color with no head, lacing, or anything of that sort, but I certainly wasn't expecting that. The color is nice enough to warrant a 4.0.

The nose is super-intense and brings notes of brown sugar and caramel with a bit of toffee underneath. There's some maple coming to the front as it warms plus a fairly-heavy dose of sherry. Vanilla lingers in the background and carries through with the ample into the flavor.

Flavor consists mostly of the aforementioned vanilla and maple over a backdrop of sherry and port notes of oxidized malt plus heavy caramelized brown sugar. Flavor lasts across the palate for awhile before a bit of alcohol sets in.

Moderate-to-strong sweetness through the finish, which is very smooth, almost creamy and oily in how smooth it is without much carbonation and a very low amount of noticeable alcohol.

Overall, this is incredible smooth and I was thrilled to finally try it. Big thanks again to Brad for bringing this bottle out.

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4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 133 / 3000. Cork was super dry, and broke to pieces, thank God I saved the contents from being infiltrated with cork pieces. It poured a hazy brownish red color with no head. When swirled in the snifter it did coat the glass nicely.Aroma of vanilla, caramel and molasses. The alcohol tingled my eyes and nose hairs. Sweet taste of toffee, honey, butterscotch, cinnamon, and molasses. Strong raisin taste with a warm alcohol finish.

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Photo of Fux
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Tasting to Sink all Sea Shepherds. Thanks Dylan for bringing this, I had been looking forward to trying it for a long time.
A: Pours dark brown with copper glints, completely still as expected from such a high ABV beer.
S: Smell of caramel, fudge, dried fruits and booze. Alcohol is dominating and makes the smell deep and intoxicating.
T: Decadent taste! Chocolate, fudge, vanilla, caramel first come to mind. Then comes a huge alcohol kick which highlights flavors of soaked fruits, cherry and plum. The booziness in there is actually very welcome :-p Finishes on chocolate and fudge and a delicious sweetness in the front of the tongue. Absolutely no trace of its age, neither on the nose nor on the palate.
M: Medium to high bodied. Actually a bit light to support the alcohol and flavors (lighter than Utopia's). Still, the beer remains highly drinkable for what it is.
O: Great beer, not very subtle, the kind of beer one would hate to love! It has a great mix of flavors, and is far more drinkable than Bruery stouts, for instance. It's somehow very different from Utopias also, but it's a lovely beer!

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4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to YGTBSM94 for sharing at a 4/14/2012 tasting

Appearance: Plum-dark brown pour with no head or lacing

Smell: Maple sugar, brown sugar, touch of sweet (not blackstrap) molasses, perhaps some sugar cane. Bits of toffee and sherry also

Taste: Sweet maple, sherry, port, brown sugar, toffee, and sweet molasses. Very tasty. Not as much booze to it as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, you can feel the sugar.

Overall: Very different than what I think of as beer, but very tasty and highly enjoyable.

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4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 2466 as far as we could tell. Cork mostly broke apart, so bottle was poured through a sieve. Very reserved nose. A faint woody character, plenty of maple, and some oxidized booze scents. The taste is full but reserved. Maple forward. Booze is incredibly mellow at this ABV. Raisins, caramelized/brandied figs, brown sugar, overripe pineapple, and biscotti. The mouthfeel is quite thin. No carb. Like an after dinner drink. Not terribly oxidized on the whole but some sherry notes. Very unique experience.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So my extended tasting group includes a handful of guys. Fringe guys that don't live close or are always busy. So I only see them for special occasions. Adam is one of the guys that lives far away. Tasting buddy, friend and straight up baller when it comes to insane beers he's shared with us. Every time we see him he has beers up his sleeve that beer geeks have wet dreams about. He likes to play coy whenever pressed about what he's sharing. So imagine our surprise when he pulls a bottle of this legend out of his bag. Andy needed smelling salts and a splash of water, sweem was in the corner trembling and sobbing uncontrollably and I managed to shit myself. Am I painting a picture of the shock in the room yet?

A: Cloudy cider brown with no head and no lace. Not surprised considering the abv on this bad boy. Swirling leaves some really sexy legs around the glass though.

S: Wow! The aroma is like a glass of warm boozy (in a good way) maple syrup with port soaked dark fruits and toasted pecans. Old worn in leather, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and hint of vanilla. This reminds me of a softer gentler Utopias.

T: Again wow! Super smooth and warm maple pecan syrup. Dark fruits drizzled with caramel and port. The heat is very subdued.

M: Still fullish body. Reminds me of a fine aged brown spirit.

D: This was a fantastic beer to sample. I'm glad I've had Utopias several times so I had something to compare it to. So rich and flavorful and easy to drink. I am forever grateful to Adam for sharing this with us. Worth having to change my drawers for sure.

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4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94, thanks Brad! This was a longshot (pun intended) want of mine for years and I had basically completely given up on it. Never say never. Served in a tumbler.

Beer is brown with no head, legs on the glass, no lacing, no carbonation, a little hazy at the bottom of the bottle but looks good.

Aroma is brown sugar, a mild heat / alcohol, strong maple, oak, sweet syrup. This is going to taste awesome.

Weighing in at 21% ABV, this beer drinks like a dream, seriously, sweet, thick, syrupy, dry finish, oaky, maple, sweet, a sipper but a phenomenal beer all around. This beer shits all over Utopias and I like Utopias. It is amazing and I would drink this beer until I was blind. More? Yes please.

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4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the hookup, Alen!

L - Deep pooey, hazey brown that goes from walnut in the center to amber at the edges of my Thomas Hardy's snifter. Shiny top looks pleasant, still and dead in the glass, with long, long legs as I tilt my snifter.

S - Dark sea salt caramel, lightly burnt toffee, cordial cherries, knocke down a touch because of the wiffs of alcohol (perhaps Grand Marnier and cognac) after 12 years.

T - Absolutely delicious. Blond caramel and dark toffee, old oak, again perhaps a bare hint of Grand Marnier with some vinous sherry, the alcohol notes actually lifting the other flavors at this point in its life. This has plenty of life left in it.

M - Smooooth, the alcohol heat takes the place of what would be carbonation to make this flex itself on the tongue, really coming together softly at the front and with a sharp tingle heat that lingers and leaves the flavor in my mouth.

O - What a joy to drink, this has plenty of life right now and is really a beautiful drink.

O -

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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!

500ml corked bottle.

pours slightly hazy orangey red. no sign of head or carbonation.

aroma is great. alcohol. bit of nail polish remover. sherry. bourbon. vanilla and raw oak. caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. dark fruit - raisin and date.

taste is awesome. sweet caramel and toffee. it feels almost gritty with sugar. raisin, date, fig, light plum. bit of apple. actually, sort of like liquid candy apple. warming alcohol, but less than i got from the aroma. biscuit. whole wheat bread. cracker. tons of complexity. low bitterness level. vanilla and raw oak. bourbon and a bit of sherry.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. zero carbonation, but that seems to make it a sipper, more like a spirit than a beer in that regard.

drinkability is great. great balance. it smells like the alcohol would be pretty hot, but it has lots of sugar and body to help balance that out.

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4.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Availability: limited edition

Presentation: Straight out of the cask at the Boston Beer Co. brewery in Jamaica Plains, MA. However ... The one I'm sitting on comes in a fitted wood case with a "MMM" placard on the front. The bottle is then covered in a wine-style sheath which is also embossed with the "MMM" and the bottle itself is hand signed by Jim Koch with its edition number (1515/3000).

Appearance: Syrupy consistency and a rich amber in colour.

Smell: Mixed fruits, delicate, candy-like, big banana and mild scotch in the aroma.

Taste: Smoooooth. Notes of Jack Daniel's, huge vanilla, bourbon, spicy alcohol and caramel flavours. Body is ultra-rich and full.

Notes: Brewed with maple syrup and aged in old Jack Daniel's barrels. I've had this straight from the cask at the brewery and out of a corny-keg at the 2000 GABF. I recently picked up bottle 1515/3000 -- the only one left at Bread & Circus in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. They only charged me $150 for it!

My above (quick) notes are from a tasting at the brewery. Definitely a sipping drink.

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4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Samuel Adams (MMM) Millenium (1999) [Bottle #703/3000]. I finally got to check this one off of the "bucket list!" The beer was served chilled to 55°F & after the cork was surgically removed, the beer poured up into a port glass without much effervescence or any discernible head over a deep copper red body with a slight chill haze. The aromatics of apple brandy, bourbon vanilla, caramel flan, French cider & molasses chips. The flavor started with a rich salted caramel character that gives way to a defined toastiness from the Vienna malt gently balanced by a spicy, Noble hop bitterness that created a lovely warming but never boozy or cloying finish. The worldly experience was not unlike drinking a fine Hors d'âge brandy. Thanks to an old friend for the opportunity. Cheers!

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4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz (or so) hand bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.

I'm forever in debt to Adam (the effing BALLER!) Alcstradamus (or as I'll be referring to him now; BALcstradamus) for sharing this brew I never thought I'd get to try in a millennium (heh).

A - The brew was clear caramel brown in the clear swing-top, hip-flask looking bottle before the pour. Muddy pond water with no head left over after. (I'll take the sediment if it means another ounce of this brew!)

S - Warm alcohol and gooey caramel with light Vienna malt and smooth maple syrup. Very warm but nicely nuanced with notes of port and sherry. Awesome!

T - Vienna malt and sticky caramel with delicious maple syrup and smooth, warm alcohol on the finish.

M - Smooth and warm alcohol permeates out of this brew and adds a great feel to the beer as well as flavor. No carbonation is to be expected and actually allows for a nice, rich feel.

D - Extremely drinkable for how warm (not hot) the alcohol is in this. Not only is it incredible after all these years, it's awesome to try the precursor to Utopias and see the foundation those beers were built on.

Another big thanks to Adam for being the crazy baller he is for always sharing insane shit with the tickerazzi!

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4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A major thank you is due to Adam for sharing this with us. Pours into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a dark sludgy brown caramel color. Pretty much flat, but it was meant to be this way.

(S)- A rich caramel / toffee/ and brown sugar aroma. Very delicious smelling. Smooth despite the massive ABV.

(T)- A beautifully rich, yet almost mellow sweet profile of caramel/ toffee/ brown sugar. Hints at raisin, dark fruits, and everything else I cannot comprehend. My review fails in comparison to what this is really like.

(M)- Not much in regards to carbonation, but thats perfectly fine for what this is supposed to be. So smooth, mellow, rich, and complex. The ABV level absolutely baffles me with how smooth this is.

(D)- This has aged beautifully and simply a great sipping beer. Incredible really, considering the ABV level and age this has on it with this amount of flavor without being overpowering. Simply superb. Thank you again Adam for this extremely delicious yet rare treat.

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4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Intermission" beer at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

The beer is light brown with only a mild haze and no head whatsoever, which is to be expected.

The aroma is fabulous, offering maple syrup, booze, toffee, vanilla, oak.

The flavor? Oh my...hold on, I need a moment (tears). If I was a lonely rich guy, I would drink this straight from the bottle immediately after getting out of bed around noon. Incredibly balanced and rich, with all of the characteristics mentioned in the aroma transferring beautifully into the flavor.

Silky, velvety smooth. The beer melts into the palate and delicately warms the cheeks. Heavenly.

If loving this is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

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