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RATINGS: 362   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.


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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Ken. It pours a dark brown color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy with notes of chocolate coffee bourbon vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is also mostly sweet with notes of oregano chocolate bourbon vanilla and coconut. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, tasty number

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, thanks to Kenny, 15/01/16. Dark mahogany brown with little in the way of a head. Nose is chocolate, spice, Cinabon loaf, light wood and herbals. Taste comprises light spice, sprucey wood, chocolate cinnamon brownie, light soy, root ginger, chocolate orange. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent for style and this 2008 vintage has aged well.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10703) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ken, shared at his very own 20K tasting. This particular bottle dates back to 2008. It pours near black with a small off-white head. The nose is umami, meaty, cinnamon, twig, wood, grassy, Worcestershire sauce crisps, earth and some oxidised notes. The taste is bitter - sweet, liquorice, oily, pretty spicy, cinnamon, slick alcohol, molasses and tangy dark fruits. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting for a taster, but not sure how much of this I would/could drink.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (4893) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle share at Ken’s 20K. Thanks! As ’Bells Eccentric Ale’. Black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma is treacle, cinnamon, spice, worcester sauce. Body is medium, soft carbonation, smooth. Taste is sweet, treacle, cinnamon and mixed spice, tangy and dry. It’s OK - not really my sort of thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16081) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Dark brown beer lasting tan head. Cinnamon and spice aroma. Worcester sauce. Quite sweet and tasty though. Good I thought.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (3560) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to uncle Larry. Nose is full of spices, dark fruits, candy. Pour is deep brown with a light brown head. Taste is bitter, hoppy, spicy, followed by a significant alcohol warming. Might benefit from some mellowing. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2391) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
2009 bottle, Pours brown with orange highlights. The smell is chocolate, roasted dark fruit. The taste is roasted, dark malt, a bit watery, ending dry and malty. The body is light/medium with average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (5277) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2015
12 oz bottle Willrunforbeer got in a trade. This is a 2012 vintage. The aroma is very nice, spiced yams, molasses/maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The body is medium with a sticky syrup texture, heavily spice and a near match of the aroma. Slightly off note in the finish. I think this should have been consumed much sooner. Not one to age, maybe the "off" flavor is oxidation setting in. But for me it wasn’t bad just overly spiced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (1822) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2012 12oz bottle from trade with umich03jm. Thanks, Jason! Aroma of caramel, squash, cinnamon, date. Flavor follows, burnt caramel, squash, cinnamon, allspice. A bit of an earthy off flavor towards the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4528) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle (12 oz). ’09 vintage. Extra from Shaun, thanks! Drank solo @ Hotel Room Tasting because it wasn’t a tick for Mr. Huxley and he didn’t want to drink an 11% Spice/Herb/Vegatable at 10 a.m. #sissy

Appearance: Muddy brown with a small bubbly off-white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Spices, maple syrup, chocolate, berries, boozy notes, honey and herbs. Not as unbalanced as it sounds though.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with chocolate, herbal presence, honey, berries, maple syrup and alcohol.

Palate: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. A bit oily and sirupy mouthfeel. Warming finish. Long lasting spicy aftertaste.

Overall: As expected, this isn’t a masterpiece of balance but it was a lot better than I thought it would be. I *almost* liked it, which is already very good for a beer from the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category. Not exactly easily drinkable.



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