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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.


2.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Had the 2012 version with pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spices, honey and maple syrup. Aroma was a splurge of smells, but the taste had too much going on for me....really sweet, but had a unsatisfying finish due to the malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (468) - - JUL 9, 2014
12 oz bottle is 2008 vintage. Pours a translucent dark brown with thinnish beige edge head. Aroma is complex and spicy: juniper berries upfront, along with malt and hop notes. Flavor is floral and complex: pine resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and other vague complexities. Light to medium bodied, moderately low carbonation. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1040) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2008 vintage. Pours dark brown to black with a thinner beige ring of head that leaves some soapy lace. Nose is syrupy sweet and spicy, savory like teriyaki sauce, with notes of dark fruit, anise, sea salt, light hickory smoke, and floral notes. Very sweet, somewhat bitter, lightly tart. Oily, viscous, syrupy, big bodied, low carb (almost flat), with a long minty earthy and floral finish. Positively strange, and a struggle to get through, but nonetheless enjoyable to experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
Notes from 12/18/2013: A - 4 - my default rating for beer’s appearance if it was drank out of the bottle. Aroma - 7 - pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, like a thanksgiving meal in a bottle. T - 6 - very boozy, pumpkin, brown sugar, not all that great. M - 3 - alcohol is very present in this one, a little too much. The beer itself is pretty flat. Aftertaste is pumpkin, booze, and sweet potatoes. O - 14 - It’s not all that great. I’d definitely encourage anyone thinking of trying it to go for another Bell’s beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (519) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2012 vintage. Pours muddy brown with no head. Aroma is sweet potatoes with maple syrup. Taste is the same. Heavy, sense earthy flavor from the squash and potato. Thick and syrupy. Really sweet and slight cinnamon, pumpkin pie taste. Not awful, not my favorite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3662) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle: 2008 vintage Deep, dark brown with a wisp of tan head. Fudge, dark baked bread aroma. Vinous, dark fruit, chocolate flavor. Slight alcohol bitter. Very rich, molasses-like taste. Incredibly well done.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7606) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle (2008). Chocolate rock candy malt, juniper, birch and light honey aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt and mildly bitter juniper dominate initially but finishes with a nice honey and light birch beer flavor. Light licorice aftertaste. Aged very well - as complex as the best imperial stouts and more enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (747) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from Todd. Thanks! A: Pours dour black even though the pour looked lighter. Good cappuccino head with excellent retention. N: Big nose: Coriander, molasses, cocoa, coffee, licorice, persimmon, orange, and clove. T: Bitter and brackish. Not much sweetness. Like a fresh Black IPA. M: On the thicker side. Sticky. Drinks like it wants to be an Expedition Stout. O: Honestly, this is like an overwrought version of Expy. It’s got character, but Bell’s has shown me that the kitchen sink approach is bad. Though this is better than Batches 9000 and 10K.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2005 vintage. Pours a murky brown, minimal head, quickly diminishes, minimal lacing. Aroma...wow. Well, lots going on here. Sweet molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, ginger, corriander and onion. Taste is as weird....er, eccentric, as the smell. Very spicy beer. Ginger balanced with a thick molasses...some raisin/fig/maple syrup flavors swirl...then some real earthy undertones. Tastes like vegetable soup! Minimal carbonation makes this one feel like a liquor at times...syrupy, sticky. Long lingering finish. Very interesting beer, but not something I would want to drink with any regularity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks! Hearty dark brown pour with a low dense creamy tan cap. Aroma is full of burnt sugar sweetness with hints of spices. Rich with sweet malts, with flavours of birch syrup, molasses, raisins, dried figs. Sweet but not cloying, complexity becomes more apparent as time passes. Intriguing and richly malty-- loved it.


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