ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a large-sized, toasted khaki-colored head.
Smell: Layers of sugar, dark syrup, sugar, and more sugar over roasted fruits with a spritz of swelling liquor. Over the years, their anniversary brews have gone from bold and big to now morbid and despondent.
Taste: Sharply sweet Coca-Cola soda syrup and chilled molasses glazed figs, dates, and prunes. Sweet enough that I cringed a bit, and it’s well-known I likes’m sweet. Remains notably fruity throughout, maybe even kicking up a notch. Also super sweet throughout. Faint, ineffective flutterings of citrus, spice, and leafy hops trying to shine through the heavy malts and residual sweetness. Some bitterness felt. Some ethanol felt, too. Very sweet, highly fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some sticky syrupiness here.
Overall: I thought last year’s Fourteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I most certainly feel the same for Fifteen (plus a tall glass of water to help wash it down). It’s all quite decent (for a 15% brew), but I’m really beginning to long for the big, bold, but more well-rounded anniversary brews of past years.
Ughsmash (7326) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured very deep brown with a creamy, almost whipped tan head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up warm, toasted vanilla, caramel, and nutty notes on the first whiff.. peppery alcohol and rich, syrupy vinous notes around.. just a whole lot of stuff going on, and it worked well together. The flavor opened with tart vinous, oaky notes, and peppery alcohol.. molasses, darker chocolates, and jammy dark fruit at the core.. spicy and bitter around, with wine-like character on the very long finish.. tasty stuff! Heavier-bodied and a bit oily on the palate.. quite a bit of fruit in there.. a few too many residual sugars and random bitterness on the finish, but overall a very good brew!
drjay44 (2891) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, long duration beige head,with some lacing, over a clear, dark reddish brown (SRM 33) body....nose is molasses, plum, fig, raisin....taste is sweet dried fruits, with plum raisin, fig, light molasses, very light soy tones....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is a rich, sweet, heavy, complex brew resembling the Dark Belgian Strong style more than the diffuse American Strong Ale. The sweetness dominates overmuch, but otherwise this is an interesting brew. It is not light, crisp, refreshing, but heavy, thick, chewy and very, very sweet. While it tastes good in winter, it could be used as a method of suicide on a hot summer day. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
kerenmk (3089) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks eyes_wide_shut. Pours opaque black and looks flat. Nose: grapes, fruit and some nuts. Tastes really sweet, syrupy even. Full body, oily, medium aftertaste and indeed, rather flat.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 Bottle with Carla. Pours a clear dark brown with tan foam with small bubbles. Smells of caramel, chocolate, coffee and hints of bourbon. Tastes very thick with surprisingly little alcohol burn, hints of maple, brown sugar and chocolate.
Dorwart (2422) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Minimal head from a pretty vigorous pour. Fills the room with plum and raisin aromas. Strong and pungent aromas that just scream sweetness and complexity. Lots of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and some piney hops burried in there somewhere. Color is a very dark brown with a bit of gold around the edges when plaed in front of a strong light. Bascally, a malt bomb in a glass. If you like malts, this is a brew you will treasure. Thick and syrupy with lots of sweet malts, brown sugar, raisins, dates, prunes, plums, basically any type of dried dark fruit you can come up with. Alcohol is present but you would expect so much more heat and burn from a 15% brew. Thick palate and leaves an oily residue in the mouth. Another over the top winner from HeBrew.
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Very dark near-black brown color, a nice, thick lighter brown head (resulting from a more aggressive pour). A real strong dark fruit aroma, maybe some licorice, prunes, chocolate... It’s amazing how this beer manages to a hide the 15% booze taste (highest ABV brew I’ve had thus far), but the aroma that masks it isn’t a really delicious one. Pretty much no carbonation, a sort of syrupy thick texture. Sweet taste, in a dark fruity liquor-y way. Not the tastiest brew, but still very interesting, and not one that I regret getting. I’ll be interested to see what direction they take with Jewbelation Sixteen
sherm1016 (1233) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits, part of the 2011 holiday gift set. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, a little smokey, maybe a little vanilla. Medium on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, molasses, bread, with a sweet, sugary finish. A very interesting beer. Sweet is the main theme of this beer.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
snifter.dark amber color one finger tan head and no retention on the head, clean body.Aroma comes if faces of raisin, caramel and also, alcohol sense. The flavor is caramels, maple syrup, brown sugars sour up front and it finishes with small hints of cocoa. bull thick body
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks eyes_wide_shut. Really dark brown to black with a bit of light brown foam. Aroma of malt, light roastiness, a bit of chocolate, a lot of alcohol and some fruity notes. Very sweet flavor with lots of malt and chocolate, some caramel, nutty Nutella notes and a drier finish. Full syrupy body.