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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2002
i had several vintages of this beer this weekend. i think that the 2001 was better than 2002. i haven’t cracked the 1999 yet. the beer had very little head and was a dark brown with the wonderful unfiltered cloudiness. the super hoppiness was great yet it had a suprising woody taste that followed. there was also something that added a little kick like pepper or nutmeg or something. i would definitely drink it cold though. pretty damn good


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7961) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
svandyke (76) - USA - NOV 18, 2014
12 oz bottle- 2010 Pours a midnight black with very little head (4 years after bottling). Pretty boozy, but can smell bourbon notes. Taste offers the real deal of maple syrup and lots of chocolate and hops. Very good and well aged.

2.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Had the 2012 version with pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spices, honey and maple syrup. Aroma was a splurge of smells, but the taste had too much going on for me....really sweet, but had a unsatisfying finish due to the malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (517) - - JUL 9, 2014
12 oz bottle is 2008 vintage. Pours a translucent dark brown with thinnish beige edge head. Aroma is complex and spicy: juniper berries upfront, along with malt and hop notes. Flavor is floral and complex: pine resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and other vague complexities. Light to medium bodied, moderately low carbonation. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1092) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2008 vintage. Pours dark brown to black with a thinner beige ring of head that leaves some soapy lace. Nose is syrupy sweet and spicy, savory like teriyaki sauce, with notes of dark fruit, anise, sea salt, light hickory smoke, and floral notes. Very sweet, somewhat bitter, lightly tart. Oily, viscous, syrupy, big bodied, low carb (almost flat), with a long minty earthy and floral finish. Positively strange, and a struggle to get through, but nonetheless enjoyable to experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
Notes from 12/18/2013: A - 4 - my default rating for beer’s appearance if it was drank out of the bottle. Aroma - 7 - pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, like a thanksgiving meal in a bottle. T - 6 - very boozy, pumpkin, brown sugar, not all that great. M - 3 - alcohol is very present in this one, a little too much. The beer itself is pretty flat. Aftertaste is pumpkin, booze, and sweet potatoes. O - 14 - It’s not all that great. I’d definitely encourage anyone thinking of trying it to go for another Bell’s beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2012 vintage. Pours muddy brown with no head. Aroma is sweet potatoes with maple syrup. Taste is the same. Heavy, sense earthy flavor from the squash and potato. Thick and syrupy. Really sweet and slight cinnamon, pumpkin pie taste. Not awful, not my favorite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4110) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle: 2008 vintage Deep, dark brown with a wisp of tan head. Fudge, dark baked bread aroma. Vinous, dark fruit, chocolate flavor. Slight alcohol bitter. Very rich, molasses-like taste. Incredibly well done.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7970) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (950) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from Todd. Thanks! A: Pours dour black even though the pour looked lighter. Good cappuccino head with excellent retention. N: Big nose: Coriander, molasses, cocoa, coffee, licorice, persimmon, orange, and clove. T: Bitter and brackish. Not much sweetness. Like a fresh Black IPA. M: On the thicker side. Sticky. Drinks like it wants to be an Expedition Stout. O: Honestly, this is like an overwrought version of Expy. It’s got character, but Bell’s has shown me that the kitchen sink approach is bad. Though this is better than Batches 9000 and 10K.


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