Cambridge Ozymandius
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
This beer cannot be described as anything but BadAss! Brewed especially for our 23rd Anniversary, itís insanely complex in both ingredient and production: a very strong dark base beer was brewed and fermented with SIX different yeast strains(!), then sent to the barrel cellar to age in red wine and bourbon barrels for six months. This very big beer tastes of raisiny malt intermingled with sweet and sour currant and elderberry, with hints of toast and smoke and a smooth port wine finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
listed @ 20%abv on the 24th anniversary party CBC menu. sure didnít seem like 20 percent. booze pretty well hidden. complex, but somewhat muddled combo of berries, plums, red grapes, old wet oak. some bonus berries and fruit rollup. maybe a 3 or 4 on the old sour scale. but the wild yeast seemed to dry this out nicely. weird beer. lot going on. but maybe too much going on at once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Ressemble ŗ un g‚teau aux fruits, pas beaucoup de complexitť pour sa charge structurelle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sampled at EBF. Pours a translucent garnet amber with some frothy, beige head. Nose of chocolate, toast, brown sugar. Flavors of sour cherries, red licorice, some wood, toast, grape jelly. Full, slight hot finish. A little messy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Very dark brown Cedar and raisins. Some spices and a lot of funk Sweet and bitter. Dark fruits very strong. Oaky and intimidating. Iíd say dominant fruit is raisin

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9594) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Black color, brown head. Sweet, vinous, alcohol, lactic scent. Sweet, sour, roasted, lactic scent. Sweet, sour, roasted, fruity taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Flavor explosion with tart berries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate all fighting to stand out but somehow it works. I cant really explain why it works but it does. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2012
on tap at armsby abbey, wow this is awesome, great bourbon flavors matched with a very light sweet tartness and coffee. Home run!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pour on tap at Avery Sourfest 2012, dark brownish pour with thin to no head, expected for such a high ABV beer. Aroma had notes of sour cherry, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, hints of cocoa, nuts, some slight lemon and slight vinegar, hints of toffee, rich caramel and burnt toast as well, slight hint of booze but not bad. Taste is pretty nice and comes together, starts with some slightly sweet dark fruits and berries going into some slightly tart and acetic notes, hints of toffee and caramel come through to a toasted bread and slight booze, finishing fairly sweet with some nuts and a hint of cocoa powder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of wood, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, berries, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, ash, toasted wheat bread, toffee, vinous, chocolate, and fruity black cherry sourness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big booze on the nose, but thatís to be expected Iíd guess at 15%. Wood, chocolate, roast, coffee. Chocolate, coffee, light sake notes (and given that this is Cambridge Iíd not be surprised if thereís some sake yeast involved, and I think thatís a great thing), rice, warm yeast and alcohol. Chocolate, spicy and zesty. Tons of stuff going on in this. Long and tart, chocolate, cocoa, chewy warm yeast, light acid. Very complex. More chocolate, lingering acid, deep fruit notes. Bright and sticky. Cocoa and roast.

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