tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful aroma of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, molasses, dark ripe fruit. The appearance is deep but tranlucent brown, reddish hue, light tan head. The flavor is oak, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, sweet, boozy. The finish is boozy, sharp pine. Medium in body, not as full as expected. very, very good, but not quite up to previous years. And so damn expensive!
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours with a deep brown hued body with a largish tan head. Aromas are of barrel, brown sugar, nutty char, tobacco. Lots of barrel, but not quite as much as I was expecting. Medium raisins, dark fruit and lightly faded hops. Strong cola and light molasses. Flavors are of coconut, vanillin, brown sugar. Dry and earthy, leathery, plum, soil, barrel, dark fruit complexity with a nice oak interplay. Mildly fruity brandy notes. Medium carbonation, big alcohol, medium body and tannin. Good for the current season. Tasty right now, but I don’t see much benefit in aging this particular Anniversary.
zathrus13 (1666) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown had. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, brandy, and roasted malt. Flavor is brandy, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, and toffee. Medium body, and kind of hot. Good, as the Anniversary brews normally are, and should be better with some age.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mouth is thick. Taste is full of bourbon and vanilla. A little lace in the glass. Amazing that 8 beers make this up. Aroma is full of vanilla and oak. Not as good as 15, but still wild that they are able to make an 8 beer blend taste this good.
BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky bottle found at Tucson Total Wine to celebrate Ella’s arrival with Moose. I’ve got XI-XV at home but here’s where I’m starting the series. I hope they are all this good. Absolutely amazing that a beer this big can be this drinkable. Tons of: brown sugar, molasses, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt. ABV is well hidden and this beer is in no way hot right now. Reminds me of the first time I tried LA Angel’s Share. Beautifully made.
kimjongill (203) - - DEC 18, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of wet oak and various liquors. Almost black appearance with off-white head. Tastes fantastic - all the barrels and beers come to the forefront for a great moment, but die off without an unpleasant finish. Mouthfeel is just right.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and some lacing.
smell is of cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, and bourbon.
taste is thick, bourbon, cocoa, dark fruits, some coffee, a little sweetness, roasted malt, wood, hops, and toffee. ends smooth and slightly bitter.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2013 S: WOW. Big sweet vanilla, coconut and oak + pleasant warmth = bourbon fantasticness. Tart chocolate dipped cherries. Full and warm, just brilliant. A: Dark, dark, dark brown - like a porter with a light khaki head T: Incredibly intense and complex. The flavor crescendos - easier to list: chocolate, hot bourbon, coffee, vanilla, wood - to name a few. Just impeccably balanced. P: Full - syrup-y and fuzzy carbonation O: If i could have this in my cellar the rest of my life I would be a happy man. This is truly spectacular and one of a kind.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Litticker’s a few weeks ago, $22.99. Clear deep brown garnet with a small brown head, fading to a thick ring before long. Nose has bourbon and brandy, old spirit wood, moderate brown sugar and caramel notes--reminds me of my grandma’s homemade caramel (lightly butter rummy with vanilla)., Flavor continues with good bourbon and oak elements, definitely showing its some of its 13% ABV. Strangely, I’m not getting a lot of stout characteristics considering this is over 1/3 stout/imperial stout--just a touch of chocolate. Actually, I am getting a little roast in the finish once it warmed up some. Semi-dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, some warming from the alcohol down my throat. Low carbonation (appropriate) with a medium full body. Quite tasty. Glad I have one more to try out a few years down the road.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Y-Not in Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown, nearly black, pour with almost no head. The aroma is dominated by the barrel aging with huge amounts of whiskey on the nose. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and coconut come through in the aroma as well. The taste is complex but not overwhelming. Roasted coffee and chocolate are the prominent flavors with German chocolate cake, vanilla, and bourbon coming through as well. Alcohol is detected in both warmth and taste but does not get in the way. Yet another stunning beer from this brewery.