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RATINGS: 345   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
2004 vintage sample from a 12oz bottle @ the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II on 9/17/10. Deep red pour with a 1/4" off white head. Sweet potato nose with carrots and spices. Medium to full body with more veggies and aged malts. Sweet pumpkin finish... 4 me, the veggies were too much... not my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottled. (2004 Vintage). Brown to black with beige head. Aroma is spiced caramel, berry fruits, molasses, and wood. Flavor is dark boozed dried berry fruits, caramel, molasses, sweet at times, with dried oranges. Wild palate. Really nice.

   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 (5624) - 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 (6251) - 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 (3351) - 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 (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (1233) - 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.

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