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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2010
2005 batch. Strong smell. Complicated taste. Too much going on in the beer to pick out individual flavors. Possibly licorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Thanks bvc! Batch 8877. Juniper nose, highland peat, milk chocolate. Creamy chocolate with more juniper berry, sticky sweet and oaky in the finish. Flavors all mushed together, works great for me, killer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Strong nose of dark malt, tobacco, molasses, earthy notes, roast, salty and lightly briney too. Pours dark brown almost black, no head or lace, some legs. Malty notes of dark malts, licorice, soy, light earthy notes. Almost like hotd adam. medium carb, nice full mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6088) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
12 oz. Thanks brandon. Pours cloudy ebony with caramel edges. No real head or lace. Black olives, meat, and cola on the nose. Sticky thick low carb body. Meaty, olivey, cola rich mid palate. Long sticky olive mid palate. Delicious and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3190) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2010
2008 bottle shared at the RBSG 2010 grand tasting. Pours a deep black with a good head and good lace, the head eventually subsides. The aroam is figgy and spicy with some raisin and some roasty notes. The flavor is fruity as hell with some cherry and wood as well as apricot and mild spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled the 2008 version at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a yellow brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had lots of roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of underlying sweet spice. Flavor was sweet with a bit of caramel then growing roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of chocolate and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2008 12 oz. bottle via trade with ditmier - Pours a clear brown color with a faint light tan head that lasted no time at all. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is dark esters, spice, and sugary malt. Flavor is dark esters and almost cloying sweet malt. Very batch 9000 like. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium to full body. A nice sipping beer. Have to try a fresh one some day. Thanks Eric.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1225) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
[’08 Bottle sampled at RBSG] Pours hazy brown with almost no head. Pumpkin, gingerbread, smoke, raisin and alcohol were the dominant aromas. The taste was similar, but quite sweet, with more alcohol and a charred character coming through. Good mouthfeel and a long finish. A very interesting beer, and certainly one that I hope to try in a non-tasting setting some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Sampled at RBSG Grand Tasting. I had pours from both a recent bottle and a bottle from 1999. I tell you this so you know how awesome I am. SPOILER ALERT: the recent bottle was better and what I will review hereafter. Though, it was cool to try an 11 year old bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of spice, spruce, roasty chocolatey malts. Flavor of spruce, citrus, nuts and coriander. Pretty good, strong, interesting spice ale. Some apple, some chocolate, some roast. Pretty good, crazy beer. I’ll have to try to make it down to eccentric day next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2010 2008 vintage opened at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, toffee, apples and burnt sugar. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, faint fruity notes and faint herbal notes. Medium-full bodied. 8/3/8/4/15

12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy brown-orange color with nearly no head. A few hints of a tan head around the edges. Toffeeish aroma with notes of spicy cinnamon notes, chocolate and a bt of dust. The taste is fairly sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, spices, vanilla and raisin. Smooth and creamy texture with soft carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer. 8/3/8/4/17

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