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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
2011 version, with persimmons. Thick mouthfeel of black thick looking rich liquid with some white head. Chocolate and spice aroma. Taste is deep chocolate, spicy all the way through, and an edgy bitter American Strong finish. Good drinkability despite high unnoticed abv. Thanks for hooking me up, Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
(2010 bottle) Pours a dark root beer color with a small quickly dissipating head. Smalls of booze, age, and malts and not much else. First sip is chocolate, spice - pine, licorice and then deep bitterness. A nice earthiness comes through thanks to the maple syrup. Quite a unique taste that to me works nicely. Carbonation is spot on making for a great creamy mouthfeel. A very nice brew indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (11944) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is fairly exotically spiced, with mystery spices, some caramel malt and lots of syrup, maybe a bit of molasses too. Flavour is deep and rich, with loads of the various syrup coming through, and lots of the spices coming through which are surprisingly really well incorporated. Finishes lightly spicy and maple syrupy, cloys quite a bit. I’m usually not at all a fan of spiced beers, but this works fairly well as a spicy, big heavy black beer of some kind. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
(12oz bottle) cloudy brown, tan bubbles. Nose is rich, light metallic, caramel, honey, raisins. Taste of yams, caramel, rich and sweet, brown sugar, may e too sweet but I like the diabetes effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3327) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottled 2008 / released 2009 Bottle graciously gifted by afdempse right after it was released. I pulled this out of the cellar to share with Mike and Mike the other day. The beer is dark brown with amber highlights. The head is thin, leaving only sparse lacing. The nose offers heavy spices, most notably juniper berries, as well as both a heavy hop and malt presence. The flavor brings floral, pine, resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and various other spices. Wow, this is a complex brew. The body is light to medium, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a fun and interesting brew. It’s certainly worth a try. Ideal to split a few ways, as a few ounces was plenty. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-30-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (904) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle received in trade from rayl101 (thanks Kev). Pours dark (almost solid black) and had a light brown head that settled with a tan color to it. Had a smoke taste it with a malty body. Finishes with a creamy mouthfeel and the 11% ABV definitely stands out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2012
big thanks to mwsf for bringing this one to pilsen. 2006 bottle, sampled in 2009. poured a murky brown with a purple tinge and a persistent beige head; a weird aroma of prunes, malted milk and buittered popcorn; strangely reminded me of tinned fruit with plenty of molasses and burnt bitterness reminiscent of the expedition stout. bizarro, a real experience to drink a bottle of this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6176) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Medium brown. A spiced nose. That is also tasted. A wild spice ride in the flavor. Not a favorite but fun to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2323) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Date: March 21, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: footbalm DeScription: Opaque dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla, berry, fruit, maple, and spice. Taste was sweet sticky maple start, then sour berry, then dark fruit with some spices and an alcohol finish. Medium bodied, smooth with a hint of carbonation. 2008 bottle, number 8877. Thanks Eric!

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