kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2011 version. Obviously, Iíve had it a while and the flavors blended quite well. Caramel and other sweet aromas, alcohol as well. Copper and amber color that looked clear with barely no head. There was quite a bit of sediment in the bottle that I tried to avoid. Smooth and soft palate that coated the mouth. Some sticky sweetness but not overly so. The honey, molasses and raisins stood out. Maltiness was there with the hops being overshadowed. A great sipper.
Doofgoblin (239) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Avery taproom. Pours brown with a fleeting head that slightly clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma is boozy, sweet, somewhat smooth notes, with slight rum characteristic. Taste is like rum cake: really sweet, warming, smooth, and perplexing. It tastes like a beer but goes down like a shot?!? Finish is smooth oak vanilla but with a warming burn. Split a bottle after dinner with your guests.
mcrae19 (59) - - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Batch 9 (2011). Served in a snifter. Pours a caramel color. Strong aroma of alcohol and candy sugar. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet and boozy; reminds me of a lighter version of cognac. Enjoyable, but very little complexity. Perfect for sipping as a digestif.
Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing...2007. Nose is a bit veggie but everything else is 100 percent badass. Bingo bango bongo.
olio (4830) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle.
Originally rated on 20090410.
Pours clear amber color with a minimal head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, ripe fruits, mild hops, toffee, some sugar and wooden notes. Flavor of ripe fruits, sweet malts, caramel, toffee and sugar. Alcohol comes through a bit but the intense sweetness smoothens it a lot. Quite a monstrous brew.
ajnepple (1117) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Mayor of Old Town. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is alcohol, perfume, dark malts, and grains. Full body and chewy texture. Boozy malty flavor, light hops, light yeast. Complex but pretty good overall. A nice and very warming sipper.
Prufrockstar (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 on draft at backcountry in boulder. Aroma is sexy. Oak, caramel, cherries and dark fruit. Almost like my fondest childhood memories of cough syrup (I don't mean that as a slight). Surprisingly dry (not as sweet as aroma suggested) and tons of alcohol - almost like drinking bourbon. Amber ish color, minimal head. Slick/sticky mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Full bodied. Definitely a beast. Not something I could drink everyday, and not something I want to order another glass of, but glad I ordered it nonetheless.
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jbruner (1726) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 version, 16% abv. Pours a clear copper from the bottle with thin tan head and light lacing. Aroma is booze on top of barley, caramel, and toasted malts. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and a boozy ending. This could use some aging, but pretty decent.
crossovert (5692) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is hte case of throwing a lot of random fermentables in a boil and not really having anything to show for it. This one is boozy and sweet.
superspak (1928) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2005 vintage. Pours a cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, chocolate, molasses, earth, licorice, tobacco, honey, dark bread, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast esters. Incredible and highly complex aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, toffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, earth, tobacco, candi sugar, honey, light licorice, light hop spiciness, and light earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, earth, tobacco, light licorice, candi sugar, honey, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Damn nice malty flavor balance with big complexity; with a good balance of maltiness with light earthy spiciness; and slight lingering sweetness on the finish, that is minimally cloying. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 15% with only a moderate warming noticed after the finish; definitely a sipper. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Huge flavor complexity and balance of malty flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering with this amount of age, though I have never tried it fresh.