poisoneddwarf (1918) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle at the CDA Casino, drank in the hotel room while waiting for my wife to get out of her spa treatment. Pours black with brown edges and ruby red tints when held up to the light; has a centimeter-thick beige head that collapses fairly quick. Aroma is raisiny, caramelly, alcohol. Taste is powerful strong, malty sweet and meaty with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation is medium-low. Pretty good, definitely a sipper.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black with dense tan head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, roasted malt, dark caramel, and booze. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, and has a very smooth finish with little alcohol apparent. There’s a lot going on in this one with lots of complex flavors. This is a very big beer and one hell of a value at $6.99 for a bomber. Definitely worth trying but drink it with a friend if you prefer to sleep in a bed.
unclemattie (4351) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. 15% ABV, although there is a sticker over the label says it is 10.9 ABV. It’s a Georgia thing. Black pour, milk chocolate colored foam. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate malts, alcohol. Tastes super sweet, loads of residual sugar, malt, huge date sugar sweetness. Not that strong, ABV well hidden.
Beerman6686 (5190) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a medium muddy brown color with basically no head at all. Aroma was sweet caramel,toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor was much the same, very very sweet with lots of residual sugars, some toffee and dark fruit notes. Just way to sweet for my liking with not enough other flavors to make it complex.
Thewade (340) - USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and boozey, but sweet. Strong ale that would probably be better in about 18 months.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whoa, that % going up every year is really starting to show! Last year I was lucky enough to buy myself the big box of 8-14 and it was really great to compare them back to back, so after a year I can taste that similarity is still there, though it’s starting to fade behind the heavy handed booze... I’m not really getting the aromas, a bit stuffy. Very strong flavours, the hops and the malts and the oy yo yo! wow thats sort of off colour for me but this is really a zinger in your mouth. (thatswhatshesaid) Very strong hops but it’s balanced will with the very strong malt and the very strong %. Maybe too strong on the %. Did I say that already? Didn’t get a lot of head, very dark, balck, oily. Really clings onto your mouth parts so after you swallow you can sort of wipe it off the surfaced in your mouth and taste it again.
Palidor19 (3051) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The name of this beer is malty. the beer is full of many dark roasted flavors of toffee, caramel, candied sugar, cocoa and a bit of spice. the hops are apparent but not as distinct as one would think. this beer is a masterpiece of flavor, yet it is not to be drunk without care.
TheEpeeist (3499) - 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 (4304) - 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 (5340) - 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.