Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Wow, thanks to a friend for opening this sucker up the other night. This is aging quite nicely and is a phenomenal beer at the moment. Pours black with a slight reddish hue and a solid offwhite/tan foam when poured vigorously. The nose is full of dark fruits, roast, chocolate. Just an amazing aroma on this one. The taste backs up all of the aroma and delivers even more. Big dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors, firm vanilla notes, some definite plum and fig action as well. The alcohol has mellowed incredibly, and this sucker drinks dangerously easy. This is the kind of beer you are slightly sad drinking because you know there is no more to be had. Simply amazing. If you have a few cellaring I recommend you try one now because this beer is damn near perfect.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found this in the back of ’deep storage’. These Anniversary Ales started tasting like pruney strong ales, and this may have been the last year i bought.
This seemed to hold it’s age well, maintaining a pretty complex taste.
I’m thinking it might have been a little low carbonization to begin with, and it surely lost some on the way, but maintained enough effervescence to bring out the flavors well. Not much lace however.
As the beer warmed up, it was very drinkable, and hid the higher alcohol well.
Some bourbon, wood, and sweet flavours, very nice.
merc7186 (2757) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Chocolate, Boozy
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Chocolate, Boozy, Mild Bourbon
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Filling
Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of cocoa dusted malt balls with nuances of dark fruit, burnt caramel, vanilla, some nutty bourbon, a bit of oxidation and thinness appears due to the age of the bottle but still delicious.
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt smell to it. Taste is malt and chocolate. Not as good as some of the other anniversary beers, but still good.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6493-20140708] Bottle. Fragrant roasted syrup and wood malt aroma. Dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Rich roasted toffee syrup flavour with a long sweet aftertaste. Full body is fairly smooth. Delicious. (8/3/9/4/16) 4.0
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)
Overheard: "You can basically categorize tippers as good guys or bad guys."
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Bad boy is 5 years old now. Pours black with not much head. Taste is chocolate covered raisins and roasted malts
Prufrockstar (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, poured into blue paper cup and shared with my wife at a campground in Glacier National Park on our 6 year anniversary. Pours much like the preceding Parabola - dark and thick with some mocha head. Aroma: s’mores (might be the camping talking); a little soy, some oxidation. Lots of marshmallow and coconut, so maybe a mounds s’mores? Campfire smoke and all. Moderately sweet, though somewhat dried with age. Medium+ body, slick texture. Overall: Delicious. I wish I knew it younger, but then again, this was made years before I drank beer. Glad to have had this one.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 500th Review.
Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.
The color is a complete dark black with a tiny maroon highlight on the bottom with a finger and half of foamy brownish head and a little lacing left of the glass.
The smell is has a raisin like flavor with a touch here and there of bourbon flavor. Some black road tar comes out in the third and fourth smell. There is some hints black licorice as well a little Jagermeister.
The taste is sweet then expected, some sweet malt flavor comes right out and slides over the tongue with a raisin and currant flavor that is pleasing. The bourbon comes out toward the end of the sip and announces the alcohol flavor but not before hints of toffee and peanut butter are let out.
The body is robust and seems to be massively complex. Since this is a blended beer there seems to be layer upon layer of beer going through your pallet and down your throat. It is a drinkable beer for one with a high ABV. It goes down with little effort and then makes wonder what the next experience will be like. Fantastic.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-07-08. Very dark brown body small head. 3+ Aroma is pleasant, dark malt, sweet sugary touches. Flavour is rich, dark malt core, light fruit notes. Smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Pretty nice. Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBAG 2014 prelim, vertical tasting 13 through 17. Certainly the darkest of the bunch. Plummy vinous aroma and flavour, dark toffee, light toasted coconut.