laiti (4952) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66 cl bottle @ PBF VIII
Aroma is sweet with caramel, resin and some slight woody notes – quite typical to American Strong. Also some sweet berry notes. Flavour is rather sweet with stinging alcohol, woody notes, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Also some peppery notes on some sips. Too sweet (no surprises here) but not bad still.
tiong (3077) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle @ PBF 2013. Thanks lusikka!
Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Complex and heavy aroma with notes of sweet syrup, caramely malts, roastiness, ripe fruits, vanilla, wood, oak and bitterness. Taste is complex and caramely with notes of dark ripe fruits, wood, oak, vanilla, sweet syrup, chocolate and hops. Finish is spicy, malty and roasty with notes of oak, wood, vanilla, sweet syrup and ripe fruits. Complex and tasty, but perhaps not as perfectly balanced as XIV or XVI. Still excellent, though.
omhper (18970) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at PBF. Hazy mahogany colour, minimal head. Caramelly with plenty of oak and vanilla. Sweet with full body and cleqn, rounded mouthfeel. Caramel, bourbon and honey. White pepper heats a mid bitter finish.
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle I got from a trade last year, I believe from cbkschubert. Shared with caterwaul. Mostly clear very dark red / brown color. Thin khaki head. Few dots and ropes of lace. Really nice, rich, complex potent aroma in the nose. Big vanilla, dark fruit, light spice, oak in the nose. Good caramel candy flavor, in a good way. Hint of chocolate. I was nervous to break this open, because when I had 14, it was boozy as hell and very hard to drink. Thankfully, this has none of that boozy hotness, what a relief. In fact, the alcohol is shockingly well-hidden, drinks the smoothest of any 12.5% Firestone Walker beer I’ve had yet. Just a nice light pleasant warmth, very little. Bigger, chewy body. Smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Full body, but a lightly dry, warming finish. It’s the perfect amount of alcohol, super great body, texture, and finish. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Seeing the honey, light ginger, light cinnamon brown sugar, vanilla custard notes in this. More pronounced chocolate. Hop notes are very subtle, just a little bit of citrus, definite orange zest to all the rich, darker notes. Can’t pick out anymore hop besides that, but it seems to contribute a very balance to it all. Wow. Fucking amazing beer, one of the best I’ve ever had. Incredibly complex, a true liquid work of art.
Getbetter (730) - Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle.The pour is dark tan in color with a medium body and a minimum white head.A tanging sweet taste with a dark fruit note,butterscotch and vanilla.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Deep residual sugars share caramel, dried dates and milk chocolate, while alcohol heat and roasted angles build complexity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam rests atop the shiny ruby-hued brown.
-The mouthfeel is undeniably rich.
-Black bean allusions are also tasted.
-You could call this a Black Barley Wine and get away with it.
-In the super heavyweight category, this one’s a winner.
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep caramel and maple maltiness, lots of oak and slight vanilla, leather, prune, chocolate-covered coconut, mild hop finish.
soonerchamps (5) - Edmond, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 3, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle in Blind BIF. Poured medium brown with light tan head. Beautiful caramel and toffee on the nose with some dark fruits. Creamy vanilla and caramel with a bit of citrus. I want more in a year.
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Poured medium-deep brown with a short dusting of smoked toffee head. The aroma picked up sweet vanilla, bourbon, maple, and caramel with accents of oak and toasted marshmallows.. nice peppery warmth and a touch of grapefruit rounded it out. The flavor found sweet and tasty bourbon throughout, with vanilla beans, milk chocolate, molasses, and a little maple at the core.. more maple, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolates on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. moderate roast to it.. very well-balanced, and way smoother than it should’ve been.
Aniela (2302) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber beer with a small offwhite head. Dried frits, malty, citrus, spicy and oaky aroma. Caramell, dried fruits and brown sugar flavour.