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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 2001 Bottle RAF: Aroma is dense, complex and sweet with floral hop accents. Very complex body with a good balance between the sweet caramel butterscotch flavor and bitter hoppiness. Has pleasant aged characteristics and a dry woody finish. This hides its alcohol remarkably well.

2005 bottle sampled on 5/24/08: Viscous dark copper amber with little carbonation. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and honey with some light oxidation. Mild spices throughout with a finish that has some warmth to it. A nice beer that has aged well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Bottled (RAF): Brown, cloudy, swampy, and tinted a scary shade of October orange..aroma was licorice, whiskey, and some more alcohol...Big strong licorice/anise spicy concoction from hell with a solid bitter backing..thick mouthfeel and very spicy & bitter..interesting..yes..warming..yes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
2001. Bottle at RAF. Pours a brown sludge with deep caramel color. Just a crazy, crazy beer. All sorts of spices and vegetables in there. Caramel, raisin, smoked bacon, hay, honey, rhubarb, ginger, and whole slew of other stuff. The finish has strong hop characteristic and a nice bitterness to balance the malt and spice. Very happy to have had this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 28, 2003
lucky i had the notebook, this rating got deleted. Crazy stuff, brownish orange with no head and very little carbonation. Big malt profile with lots of spice, way eccentric with a quality masking job. very tastey, thank you DankBrewedDank!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
2002 bottle: Brown, no head at all. Orange and crystal clear. Huge malt aroma. Stunning. Big malt flavor. Nice bitterness although a failed attempt to balance this malty sweet behemoth. This is a wild barleywine. Big alcohol aroma and flavor, although in this big of a beer it's not out of place. I don't get the snuff, but I'm sure it's in there. Slightly minty. Wonderfully complex. Beyond decadent. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Bitter, sweet, tart, wild...I cringed when I first took my sip. AustinMilbarge sipped first and exclaimed "oh wow!" Drank day after purchasing--definitely need to age this one. Medicinal, bitter, harsh! Lots of hops and right now unbalanced. Reminds me of Old Crustacean, which was the only other beer I can remember to jolt me so much. Tastes like pine sap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Yeah, like dukefan said. I shouldn’t have had this one so fresh. This felt almost powdery in my mouth. Alcohol was apparent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Only had one, soon after I purchased. My understanding is that this beer is made for aging, so I can’t wait to review one I have that is 4-5 years old. Would not recommend drinking this without some serious aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2002
tons of sediment and absolutely zero head, flavors run the gauntlet here and along with the sticky earthy bitterness there is serious alcohol strength that packs a wallop, a tad too outrageous

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Eccentric? Hardly. This is barking lunacy. The flavor is like Victory Old Horizontal brewed by Crispin Glover wearing stilts with Phyllis Diller in charge of the mash. Never has a beer shaken me like this. Twitches were in evidence after two sips. The appearance is ugly lake water without any head at all. The worst looking beer I have ever seen--positively grotesque. Flavor? Huge barleywine malt sweetness and fresh pine hops. Grows more and more delicious, and stranger and stranger with every sip. The liquid equivalent of driving a golf cart through a revolving door. Unforgettable. I am in Psych Prof’s everlasting debt.

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