TheEpeeist (3319) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a beige ring of bubbles. Always challenging to put words on these brews considering all the varied ingredients. Smells like chocolate cake, raisin, orange peel, dates and caramel. Thick and creamy with a sexy tingle. Taste is honey, fig, caramel, espresso, orange chocolate and dates but not as sweet as it seems. With all the stuff involved it’s amazing this is so approachable, alcohol almost completely hidden.
nick76 (4212) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is quite strong and complex with dark fruit, malt, hops, spices, and alcohol. The appearance is almost black with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and is super sweet. The palate is smooth. Overall this beer is hard to enjoy from the incredible strength but has some great qualities.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft this beer poured a black color with a small tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was complex and sweetish with notes of fig and plum and touches of pine and cola. The flavor was very sweet with strong notes of fig, pine, cherry and molasses with undertones of tobacco, raisin, cocoa and wood. The finish was long and sweet with lingering molasses, raisin, cherry and fig. Thick and full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden given how strong the beer is. Wonderful.
dutch23mp (270) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wait to buy this every year, just to see if they can pull it off. This year it is a bit sweet probably to hide a bit of the massive ACL 15%. Even with this a very smooth pour and really a great tasting complex brew. Quite amazing so i still give it a great rating.
Bricks (589) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as dark as night with a decent slight caramel colored head. Smells like a stout, malts, chocolate. Mouthfeel is super smooth with no hint of alcohol. Tastes of malt, vanilla, some fruityness. Outstanding.
dmac (3989) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz of the pound for pound champ, $5.25 for 15%....WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Poured a solid black/brown with a very small super tight foamy light beige head. Aroma is sweet and hot, notes of sherry, bourbon, vanilla, dates, dark fruits. Body isn’t so much full as it’s just thick and super syrupy with softer carbonation and only a touch of heat. Flavor of syrup, figs, dates, touch of nutts, wood, under cooked chocolate and molasses. Man this is the bargain beer of 2011 and I’m guessing 2012.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of raisins, molasses, dark sweet malts, and a little booze. Flavors of sweet dark malts, raisins, chocolate, molasses, and some booze. Big sweet beer Of the malty variety.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not surprisingly a whole lot going on with this beer; very complex, malty, heavy alcohol, and required me to power through it. Might smooth with age, but felt a tad overbearing to me. Might be better paired with food rather than by itself.
HonkeyBra (3321) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark near black pour with a small off white head. I can’t think of anything more untenable than He’Brew’s abv matching the anniversary year series. What are they going to do in their 20th anniversary? Their 30th? I digress. Aroma is bold, vinuous, lots of grapes and prunes. Pregnant like a woman spilling over her bra. Flavor is extremely sweet. Mollasses, honey, prune juice, alcohol. Cheap milk chocolate, pure sugar, that weird fake chocolate milk stuff at the grocery store. So sticky sweet I had to check to make sure this beer wasn’t from The Bruery. Big, thick mouthfeel. Way too sweet. I needed something to cut the sweetness. My cat knocked over the bottle and I wasn’t even mad.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a syrupy, dark mahogany capped by a thin, creamy beige head that leaves tight rings of oily lace. aroma is great with rich, sticky, brown sugar, maple syrup, candied malts, and butterscotch pudding backed by sweet raisins, figs, and subtle notes of boozy brandy. flavor is delicious, albeit a bit sweet, with notes of fresh baked fruitcake, sweet raisins, fig newtons, and rich toffee backed by light roast, candied walnuts, cinnamon, and a hint of dark chocolate. palate is full bodied, sticky on the palate, and lightly carbonated with a touch of boozy warmth layered with the sweet, mildly roasted finish. overall, a damn nice american strong.