TheEpeeist (2819) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige foam. Nose is brown sugar, hay, molasses and prune. Medium to full body with a sharp, alcohol tang. Taste is chocolate, burnt sugar, pine sap and coffee grounds. Cool, just realized iíve made the Top 50 Raters of Big Beers list.
satan165 (1008) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Aroma is boozy maple, java later, smells syrupy. Alcohol esters at play, grape prevelant. Shockng lack of booze in flavor contrasts nose; mixed cocoa/joe note clings and leaves boozy tiretracks, strong notes of roast extended to nil, trailing off. Appearance is swirling oil slick foam traces, fudge pour lightened at edges with mere ring in time. A beer that pushes the definitions of style and the type of high ABV stuff that moves half acre into territory usually only populated with more elite breweries. In this case, a beer whos intent i respect more than i enjoy its outcome. Still far from failure, but glad i didnt get a growler!
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours a darl brown with a thin white head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some thin notes of dark fruit and a little booze. Medium bodied mouthfeel coffe malt and bittersweet chocolate. The finish is a warming with a some hotness to it. Almost a hint of bourbon bite in the boozy finish. Really drinkable at the high abv. Nice for a chilly night.
envane (557) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent deep brown, tan head. Aroma of brown malt, cola and molassas. Taste is a total malt bomb with chocolate, light roast, and a maple syrup and warming alcohol finish. Chewy and syrupy palate. Drinkable for such a massive beer.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery and a full bomber to get the full feel (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark brown near opaque hue, dark with notes of black, some coffee, frothy light brown head sits atop moderate sized, laces well sticks around pretty well. Aromas are a whole bunch of brown malts, coffee cake, bakers chocolate, coffee with cream, biscuits and toffee, touches of anise and light spice. Molasses, sweeter with some decent roasty toasty malts on top, sweet cocoa, caramel, and vanilla beans. Rich. Initial is fuller bodied, warming and roasty toast, toffee and caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and cream. A plethora of brown malts, some nuttiness, earthy, touches of Licorice Allsorts. Vanilla and caramel, decent bitterness and some nice warming alcohol. A thicker brown malt bomb with a decent complexity of malts for the bitter cold months. Roasty and toasty with prevailing sweetness and toffee, breads and chocolate beneath. Fairly large, fairly bitter and roasty, that earthy brown malt that gives a nice play of flavors, not too much sweetness, investing in toast and bakers chocolate, with caramel and toffee playing second fiddle. Tasty, bigger, but still quite drinkable.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a translucent reddish mahogany. Nose is a touch fusel, notes of kola nut, vanilla, toffee and some astringency. Alcohol comes out in the nose. On taste, itís a palate shocker. Very Northern English in profile with more of the kola nut and minimal roast. Brown malt perhaps? Some astringency from the grain, sweetness from the alcohol and crystal malt. This one should be interesting with a bit of age on it. Iíd say this isnít too far removed from an Old Ale...
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
64 oz. growler from the brewery. Dark cola brown colored pour with a few bubbles and a rim around the glass for a head. Aroma of nutella, chocolate, peanut butter. A bit of roast, caramel and toffee. A hint of maple syrup. Flavor is strong with bitter roast up front. Moderate hop presence, Some chocolate, some sticky earthiness. Mild sweetness. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. Pretty nice.