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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11565) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11360) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2004
Bottled: Murky amber coloured. Beige lasting head. Chocolate, spices, hops and flowers in the aroma. Resinous, hoppy and light medicinal flaovur. Has a nice mouthfeel. Has a distinct lasting bitterness in the and. Thanks Raindog for the trade.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11314) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08 (2007 version): The beer is a murky dark brown color with a thin and foamy light beige head that diminishes quickly. Thin rings of lacing. Interesting aroma of resiny hops and sweet spices, plus some caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of caramel, anise, earthy malt and chocolate. The finish is moderately spiced with a mild alcohol and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 12oz bottle acquired in trade with SuIIy (thanks!). Poured a deep and murky brown with almost no head at all. Lots of floaters. Aromas of spices (duh), soy sauce, toasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar. I swear I’m also getting bourbon and wood - almost to the point that if you gave this to me, I’d guess it was a bourbon, barreled aged beer. Tastes of alcohol, lots of spices (ginger, coriander, and lots more), wood, caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruitiness. Flat body (with the pour and flat body, I wonder if this is the way it is supposed to be). Very different and Eccentric sums it up very well. Definitely stands out against the recent spiced/herb/vegetable beers I’ve been going through. 8 3 7 2 15 </br>Re-tasted 2004 vintage on 5/20/08. Increased numbers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11105) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
2009 vintage. 355ml bottle. Darker beer, spice notes, gentle oxidation surprisingly. This was fridge aged for awhile. Kinda tasty. Would have loved to try it fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11056) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Date: 02/21/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2004

Appearance: muddy brown,
Aroma: strong malt aroma,
Body: big body,
Flavor: rich complex malt flavor, touch of carmel, lightly hopped,
-------- /> Date: 05/24/2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2005
Score: 3.4 to 3.7
Words: cellar party

Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a light spicyness,
Flavor: sweet dark caramel candy flavor, just a touch of spicyness for balance, hint of peppery alcohol,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Number 1500! Bottle from Lampeno420 straight from my wants list. Very very dark brown pour wtih a small wispy tan head. Aroma is very sweet smelling, with raisins, honey, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Flavor profile is all over the damn map. Starts out sweet as hell with notes of honey and brown sugar, then some spice notes hit followed by a bitter finish and then it leaves a fruity sweet aftertaste on the tongue. This is a wildly entertaining beer to drink. Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2004
Very murky, dark, copper-colored ale with no head. Smells like molasses, caramel and dried plum... malty as hell. I dig that. Fairly well-bittered for balance with notes of caramel and butterscotch. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and light carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. I really enjoyed this one!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10530) - 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.


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