Once again the brewers at CBC have thrown caution to the wind in our latest annual effort to create the biggest, baddest, strongest, bestest beer around. Double-mashed with nearly a ton of malt, five different hops, and cold-aged several months with French Limousine oak, this extraordinary, complex ale boasts flavors and aromas of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, toffee, spicy hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Very rich and full-bodied, it is unfiltered and unfined. This unique beer will be available all winter, served for your admiration and enjoyment in a 9oz. snifter.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cherry colored body with fizzy, off-white head. Fair lacing. Active body. Aroma is of sweet malts, but not enough to mask the strong scent of alcohol. Initial taste is heavily sweet, tempering to a moderately sweet finish with an average duration. Medium on the mouth, it has a creamy texture with moderate carbonation.
The alcohol jumps out of the glass and smacks you.
Reviewed on January 20th, 2007.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colored a beautiful ruby brown. Sweet and malty aroma with a distinct hops smell, very pleasing to the nose. Heavily malty flavor. Thick and sweet with a hoppy bitter leave. Drink it from a snifter to get the most pleasure for the nose (as well as feeling all sophisticated).
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Vintage on tap at CBC at the 2009 Barleywine Festival. Body is a dark cloudy caramel color with almost no head. Smells like old dish water, dried plums and orange soda. Pallate was watery and flat with very little carbonation left, and just traces of alcohol on my lips. Flavors of maple syrup, red wine reductions and dried apricots and plums are most prevalent. Nice balance and really a welcome and desirable aftertaste with some roasted malty notes that linger.
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