This was the 2004 vintage, 18% ABV, which is low by WWS standards. I was really excited about trying this. It's got a great reputation and it's hard to get your hands on. Then I tasted it and couldn't help but wonder what all the fuss was about. I'm impressed with the brewers ability to push the yeast to it's absolute limit. There are only a handful of beers with an ABV at 18% or higher and if it were easy to do there would be a whole lot more. That said, if I want to drink something that tastes like port wine, I'll just buy some port wine. There are four other vintages out there and if you've got some to share I'm all for it, but don't bother asking me to buy it or trade for it...not worth it in my opinion.
Reviewed: December 31, 2005
Two things entered my mind when I tried this: "Man, that sucked", and "Well, that was a waste of nine bucks". Yep, I bought a bottle of beer for $8.99, mainly because of the label. It proudly claims "A very dark beer with a ridiculous amount of barley." I realized too late that it made no mention of taste. Note to self: a ridiculous amount of barley appears to be a ridiculous amount too much. I really can't explain what it tastes like, because I never had a beer with that taste before. I'm really loathe to say this was a bad beer based upon only one tasting, but seriously, I don't think I'm going to try this again unless it's free, or at the very least much cheaper than what I paid for it. Most of you out there can safely take a pass on this.
Reviewed: December 31, 2010