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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2487) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2004/05 vintage - at brewpub: Nice mahagony red color. Nice head, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Medium alcohol nose - brandy like with a touch of cookie dough. Nice and smooth - lingers down easily. Woody and raison with a medium alcohol taste, which stays nicely behind. I was pretty impressed by this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
[2007] Hazy red brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sherry, dark fruits, molasses, honey, caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Taste of dried fruits, caramel, some oxidation, citrus, pine, roast, tobacco, vanilla, and some alcohol. Thanks for sharing Tom!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Copper in color with a small white head.Sweet and bitter,hoppy,dry malt finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4523) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2007 bottle. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of honey, candy corns, caramel and toasted malt. Flavor of honey, caramel, toasted malt, nuts and some dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 On tap at the brewpub: Red/orange color, brown sugar aroma, full slick mouthfeel, and sweet and heavy. No score change. Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Clear orange color with a large off-white head. Caramel and molasses in the aroma, full bodied. Starts and ends sweet with a slight sour note at the end that is quickly enveloped by bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Sample at XBF:
Fruity malt mastodons carrying caramel tuns spiked with piney hops...A potent and healthy equilibrium, leading the way to a nutritious offering, certainly...A muscular body warmly harbors proficient earthy malts, strong resinous bitterness, alcohol and cherry-like fruitiness...Not expressive enough to be world-class, but definitely one I’d like to study and nurture for a few hours...

On tap at the brewery:
Burnt berries and gargantuan malts and their sweetness dominate what slowly becomes a J.W.Lee’s Harvest Ale substitute...Excellently powerful...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Tap @ CBC... Poured cloudy orange with a thin white head. Earthy vegetable notes with warming alcohol on the nose. Soft, mildly carbonated palate. Hopes were low in profile with very sweet flavors like caramel malts, vanilla, light fruits, and a thick honey-like, syrup consistency. A nice, warming, alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Flip top bottle shared courtesy of the other Tom. Poured a medium amberish color with an average sized off white head. This is the one with honey. Aromas of lots of honey, some dark fruits, caramel, some earthiness, and vanilla. Tastes of honey, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness, and caramel. Light alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
2011 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet caramels, slightly buttery toffee, dark fruits, and a nice molasses up front with some light wood notes, sherry, a bit of syrupy sweetness, a hint of toast, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Molasses, toffee, and dark fruits up front with a nice sherry note, darker caramels, and wood up front. Some light earth in the middle with a touch of buttery toast before this finishes sweet with a light dryness from the wood and some sherry. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, slightly syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Nice malt backing and sweet overall, but no hint of alcohol and a nice, light wood and sherry note along with some dark fruits. This was really enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--slightly hazy dark amber with a generous off-cream head. Aroma was sticky and assertive with lots of boozy toffee and malty syrup, with some cherries and raisins and a strong grassy hop presence. Flavor is big and full, with boozy toffee graininess, some grassy and piney assertive bitterness, a slight stone fruit tone, and finishing hoppy bitter and malty sweet. Aftertaste of piney bitterness. Really big palate and pretty complex.


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