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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8195) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8183) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2010
2005 Bottle thanks to MSante79. Pours cola brown. Nose of soy sauce, fig, plum and dates. Taste of wasabi ginger, fig, plum, dates and soy sauce. Nice mouthfeel. Unique and interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 2004 version, sampled at the Larry Bell dinner at Brickskellar. Weird beer. One of the weirdest Iíve ever had. Looks like a porter, dark brown with some burgundy red light seeping through the bottom of the glass. Peppery ginger and mint nose, almost like a bad ginger cola or something. I was not drawn to the smell at all, and the more I drank the less I liked it. The spicy mint/ginger almost resembles horseradish and wasabi at times. Has the body of an imperial stout, quite thick, low carbonation, but that doesnít make up for the mess of flavors that this beer has (I know thatís the point, but it just doesnít taste good). Has some smoked meat notes as well, with some cloying molasses on the back end. 3.2

Blind rating. 2004 bottle, batch 6714. Thick, viscous body, dark brown cola colored body. Intense nose of cardamom bread and maple syrup scented bourbon. Seedy tree bark and green cardamom, thick maple throughout, viscous, full, spicy and sage-like, some tingly pepperiness, weird, overdone chewiness. Ginger, too. Not sure whatís going on in this one. I donít really like it, seems like juniper/gin. Oxidized and stale, some cardboard, some old ale-like wateriness and staleness. Boozy nose is too much to handle.
6/4/6/3/14 = 3.3

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2003
Pours extremely viscous, nearly "lijmend" (Sacch. viscosus?); disparate foam, yellowish; opaque dark orange-brown. Very vinous nose, rich & complex; woody, blue grapes, slightly coriander, also parsley. Luscious fruit, bitterish taste, spicey and bitter chocolate. Everything which can be good in a beer. Very hoppy-bitterish palate covering malty richness. Fruity as dark plums, preserved oranges, etc. Warming up, the coriander gives some soupy connotations. Viscosity also in the mouthfeel, very thick & syrupy. Long bitterish, spicey aftertaste (black chocolate with nutmeg and coriander). No barley wine could do better than this. love it. Many thanks to J. Mallett from the brewery for bringing this to Belgium!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2007 bottle thanks to secret santa. Batch number marked on the back was "k8309". Pours with a deep brown, near black body and a tan head. Aroma of maple, nuttiness, chocolate, fudge, light brandy and coconut. Taste is odd, some chai tea, chocolate, maple, anise and bourbon like vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel a nice sipper that seems to be hitting stride as far as age/oxidation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bellís 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. First of all, I cannot believe this was 11% alcohol? The pour was turbid deep brown, with a minimal off-white head. The aroma created a multitude of olfactory perceptions....malt, hops, spices, fruit, including melon and prune, cabernet, cognac, and even scotch (definitely some peaty aroma). The taste was malty, hoppy, nice mouthfeel, with a spicy, fruity, hard-spirit element at the finish. Very nice complexity. I noticed many flavors and aromas in this one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Cloying honey sweetness courted by sedate Thai basil and plentiful dried fruit...Butterscotch contributes to the oily body and is strangely overcome by green hop bitterness...A respectable alcohol burn paints the end of the tongue, as entertainment oscillates from thoughtless delirium to cultivated imagination...

A 3-year-old 2004 vintage presented tons of honeyed sweetness leaking onto alcohol heat and green hop bitterness...This is soooo sweet, it doesnít seem to have changed that much with the years...I didnít know what to make of it when I first had it, but now Iím sure this is really not my thing...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle @ Coleís Christmas Tasting 2007. 2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Bill Metzger. Very very dark brown, mostly headless body. Vegetal aroma like dry vegetable soup mix, some pine needles and spruce. (7+) Sweet flavour at first but with an omnipresent bitterness that smacks you to attention, More bizarre vegetal fruit melange, sugars, tangy fruit, tiny brief honey and licorice, blink and youíll miss it hint of marmite, very slight hint at possible oxidation? Coats the tongue and lingers a long time. Smooth full palate is heavenly at times, very lightly carbonated. It is both fabulous and awful, it has some great cameos but ultimately it is just right friggin weird! Makes you want to try it again, but mostly so you can figure it all out rather than the flavour itself. Many thanks to Bill for sharing!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7515) - 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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