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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Yeah, like dukefan said. I shouldn’t 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 (8736) - 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 doesn’t seem to have changed that much with the years...I didn’t know what to make of it when I first had it, but now I’m 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2008
(Bottle (2002) via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=7 target=blank>BBB63, thanks Mike!) Wow 6 years old!...Pours murky slightly orangish brown - I mean very murky. Lots of little stuff floating around. No head (or only a very slight trace). Kind of looks like old unfermented wort or unfiltered fall cider from the bottom of the vat. Hmmm. Smells of heavy candyish malt, sort of like a barleywine, but I’m not getting any hops or spices. Palate is kind of heavy, virtually zero carbonation, so no zing, bubbliness or "lift". Flavor I would describe as sweet, spicey and bitter, all at the same time. Getting quite a gingery taste but there are probably other spices as well. Alcohol seems well-hidden in all the murk. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Pretty weird and quirky - seems almost like a homebrew experiment. Another hard one to rate because I’m not sure what it’s supposed to "be" like and given the age of this bottle if it has started to turn into something different than when first bottled. Falls well out of the boundaries of a "normal" bottled beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
Unclear brown with medium beige head. Sweet and spicy aroma with caramel and roasted malt. Spicy flavour with roasted malt, caramel and hoppy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2009
Batch #7199 from 2005, courtesy northernbrews. Aged 4 years. Pours a dark but translucent mauve-violet color. Small, clear bubbles are framed with tan foam webbing. Sugary legging shows on the glass but leaves virtually no lace. The nose is ultra sweet, showing big notes of rum raisin, figs, dates, and brown sugar coated yams. Traces of oak and vanilla come throught as well. Flavors are intensely saccharine, notes of burnt marshmallow joining the brown sugar malts. Dark rum spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla intensify the liquor-like feel. Lightly carbonated, hot, and syrupy, there are sign of oxidation, but imagine that the palate ismuch better when young. Interesting, but ultimately too sweet and not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
’05 bottle - doughy arouma. Some spice, bready malts, sweet and sweaty, yeasty and some throat burning pepper. Eccentric alright. And inconsistent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Really not that impressed. I had two, just to make sure i didn’t get an off glass, and sure enough, it just wasn’t fantastic. Far too sweet, and the alcohol kick was unexpected, and not particularly welcome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2004 Batch at GTMW. This is a beer I’ve always wanted and was really let down. The main thing that turned me off about this was the overwhelming alcohol presence. From the aroma to the taste to the burn down the back of your throat, this was just all about alcohol, and I’m guessing a lot of it. The good parts about it was the body and mouthfeel, other than that I wouldn’t go out of my way to try this beer again.

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