Bruds (30) - - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 2014 batch. Smells great with sweet, raisins and booze. Strong booze, sweet; can taste the raisins, honey and molasses. Finishes strong
Mindwarp (61) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirty brown with a slight reddish tint, hazy with a small off white head. Has the aroma of dark fruit and a little alcohol but not as much as you would expect. Taste follows the smell but the alcohol is more out front, sweet. I feel there is a lot more going on behind the alcohol that I can’t pick out. When I get done with this bottle I will have a second, and then go to bed I think.
swesson (243) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. What a beast! This well-named ale in the belgian tradition pours a dark brown and makes millions of micro belgian-bubbles. Draws out a medium beige head and syrupy strands that flow like molasses. Smells of caramel, plum, malted barley, raisins, and booze. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and spice. Yum. Start with half a bottle and savor it like a fine cognac.
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HIGHB4LL (611) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared: 2013 vintage. Appearance: lighter than I expected, dark copper color, clear, finger of copper head, no lacing, oak, honey. Aroma: citrus, caaramel, roasted malt like crazy (smells like a brewery), floral. Palate: soft carbonation, alcoholic warming that is almost spicey, dry, oily texture. Taste: relatively coating sugary sweetness, into a medium bitterness that gets much better and bolder as the beer warms up. Overall, very complex big beer, super unique, delicious, just not very drinkable (6oz. was plenty).
Bullit (4025) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Royal Liquor, Encinitas, CA. Batch 10 (2012): 16.0% ABV. Unclear dark orange, light brownish colour with a thin beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel, raisins, dried fruits, brown sugar, slight roastiness, slight alcohol nose. Flavour is caramel malts, syrup, dried fruits, slight alcoholic, a bit spicy. Soft mouthfeeling, low carbonation. A hopped barley wine. A real sipper. Very pleasant. It has some age on it, so I guess the sweetness has mostly been gone, which seems to be a good thing. Nice to wind down with after the NL - CRC spectacle.
Lectvay (145) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled August 2011, almost three years old. This is great. I presume some burning has abated over time. Burns a little, but balanced with the other characteristics of the beer. Really complex.
smith4498 (3043) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 11 (2013) Pours clear dark ruby red color with beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, dough and alcohol. Raisin and plum flavors with some yeast. Quite boozy. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A nice sipper.
vlan1 (198) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear dark brown. Aromas od caramel and dark fruit. Tastes of dark raisins, figs and molasses. Oh yeah and alcohol. As it warms so does thw alcohol. Which it has in spades. Good stuff.
ryecatcher (807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is it... 666th rating. Got the Iron Maiden song playing, using an old bible opened to Revelation as a coaster, now all we need is... well... The Beast! So here we go. 12 oz bottle procured in August of 2013, been sitting in my cellar for about 9 months (and probably should be sitting there for at least another 6 months, but this was an emergency rating situation). Poured into my lovely Negra Modelo tulip (Cinco de Mayo freebie from the beer dinner), a deep rich caramelly sepia brown, medium off white head with decent retnetion and lacing. Nose is big and sweet, brown sugar, honey, sticky malts and toffee, dried fruits (dates, raisins and figs mainly), not getting any yeast, but who gives a shit. Mouth is big and sticky, sweet and malt forward, big caramel, candy sugar, dates, figs, fades into oaky tannins, tobacco and some raisin bread with a bitt of a lingering bitterness at the finish, nice warmth at the back of the throat. ABV is evident, but not overpowering. Bruce Dickinson is howling into the mic and I’m already feeling the effects of The Beast. ;-)
Rev 12:12 Woe to you o earth and sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath for he knows the time is short. Let he who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number: its number is Six-hundred and sixty-six. (throw the heavy metal clenched fists with thumb, index finger and pinky extended and sing along while you re-live your rebellious parent-scaring pre-pubescent years in the early 80s)
jdb288 (559) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I believe this was the 2012 version. Pours muddy orange with almost no head.
Aroma is peach, pear, some floral notes. Taste is a combination of those along with some dark sugars, molasses, raisin/plum/fig. The alcohol has serious bite. Stings quite a bit actually. Not unpleasant, but hard to finish a full bottle.