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 (3145) - 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 (3709) - 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 (4370) - 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 (6542) - 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 (313) - 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 (942) - 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 (5388) - 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 (2224) - 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.