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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Only had one, soon after I purchased. My understanding is that this beer is made for aging, so I canít wait to review one I have that is 4-5 years old. Would not recommend drinking this without some serious aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Bitter, sweet, tart, wild...I cringed when I first took my sip. AustinMilbarge sipped first and exclaimed "oh wow!" Drank day after purchasing--definitely need to age this one. Medicinal, bitter, harsh! Lots of hops and right now unbalanced. Reminds me of Old Crustacean, which was the only other beer I can remember to jolt me so much. Tastes like pine sap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5452) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
Thanks to jeffin7 for bringing this to When Continents Collide 2! Cloudy brown with almost no head. Nose is odd, but has fruit, some alcohol and hops standing out to me. Taste is more fruit and spice with the hop character coming forward a little more. Thick bodied with a spicily hopped finish. Do I understand correctly that this recipe changes yearly?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
2004 GTM. High alcohol aroma. Thick, murky, not much head. Off-white head. Knock your socks off flavor. Eccentric pretty much sums it up. Tangy, sour, high alcohol. Almost like a barley wine. Tastes like there is wine poured into the beer. Both the aroma and flavor are very complex. Not sure I really like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle courtesy of pailhead (big thanks): Bottle conditioned. Pours to an opaque dark brown that almost has some blood red notes to the edges (no it doesnít look at all like blood). When held to the light it appears in shades of dark brown, ruby, and then straw going towards the edges. Medium particles of yeast are visable in the bottom of the glass. The aroma is roasted caramel, grade B maple syrup, honey, nuts, plums, apples, light alcohol, fruity yeast, mild carrots, and bit of tiny vinous grapes. The taste is sticky sweet pears & plums, but also a roasted/burnt caramel, maple bark, maple syrup, honey-covered nuts, fruity yeast, a hint of salt penuts, hints of apricots, and stewardofgondor gets it right when he says brandy sautťed almonds, and a hint of cocoa. Mediumj-full bodied, medium carbonation, sticky mouthfeel that is just slightly syrupy. Finishes with dry cocoa, maple sap, and a hint of plums later out. I was very excited to try this and itís decent, but the flavors just donít work in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Art (2053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Sweet beer shared at voodoo. Figgy goodness. Decent drinker. Good in the cold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Strong aroma with a dark, dirty pour, huge alcohol taste and a complex, changing mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Yeah, like dukefan said. I shouldnít have had this one so fresh. This felt almost powdery in my mouth. Alcohol was apparent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8351) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours with a murky brown body with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet yet slightly sour with fruity/raisony notes, a touch of mint and a little caramel. The flavor is very sweet with dark fruit notes, some brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly warming.

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