SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark dense black liquid that crated a thick nitro like layer of foam and almost looked similar to a pint full of Guinness Draught. In the aroma, my nose picks up dark chocolate and fruit with an addition of mild roast malts that aren’t as apparent as in other He’Brew anniversary recipes. The flavor is intensely sweet and sugary and delivers a taste of raw cane sugar and brown sugar while a smooth backbone of dark roasted malts carries the drink through. This is unbelievably tame yet well rounded out for packing a high 15% ABV because the alcohol is completely masked and will sneak up on you.
jb (1940) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity nose, with malty notes. Appearance is beautiful black with a tan head. Palate is sweet and sugary, massive amounts of chocolate malt. Needs a bit more hops. Alcohol well hidden.
milewide (1322) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet roasted, molasses, aroma and taste. Mouth-filling body. ABV well hidden. No hop bitterness or aroma IMO. A fine ale, but 15% ABV is too much for me!!!
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin beige head. Roast and chocolate, malt, toast, sweetness on the nose. Big and sweet, roast and chocolate. Lots of malt. Very sweet. Super sweet really. Sort of like a beer syrup at times. Malt, roast and chocolate. Too sweet to be enjoyable in servings larger than a few ounces.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark brown with a light tan head... very malty aroma but I’m digging it... tastes really nice, lots of molasses a bit of vanilla, and caramel, sooo drinkable at 15% this is great
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with big, foamy, brown head / Sweet nose of figs, molasses, and coffee / Very full body, sweet, malty, and sticky, with some balance and long, bitter, finish. Alcohol well masked / Flavors of figs, dates, molasses, dark roast coffee, and grass / A style of beer that I would not choose to drink often, but very well done.
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma of this beer reminds me of a barley wine, which is to be expected considering the high alcohol content and complexity of malt. It does have a considerable fruitiness to it as well. The taste is very sweet however and reminds me of a beer that just didn’t finish attenuating. I think overall it’s nice and malty with tremendous complexity, but definitely not balanced in terms of bitterness and malt. So overall although the complexity in aroma and the malt bill is very welcomed, the underlying sweetness from trying to ferment out such a high strength beer, and not succeeding, detracts from my palate and my overall score.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a tall, dense, foamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with strong caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, malted milk chocolate balls (Whoppers), vanilla and cake. Taste is big caramel, soft alcohol, sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, more notes of Whoppers, chocolate cake, and light molasses. Body is medium-full with a soft, creamy carbonation and some syrupyness. Sugary stickiness in there as well as mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with more ripened dark fruits, chewy caramel, chocolate, cake notes, vanilla, molasses, booze, and brown sugar.
Westmeister (1299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a dark brown/black. The is almost more of a port or liqueur than its predecessors (12, 13 and 14). Leathery, earthy, figs, vinous, bourbon, dark fruits. Crazy. While it is not as strong as the 15% indicates, it is still quite boozy and good.
OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share with Chipalsa. Thanks!
Initial pour was dark brown with a velvety red quality in the light. Mocha colored head. Nose is full of flavors. Lots of fruity esters such as berries, cherries, plums, raisins, dates, and figs. Some roasty toasty malts with a toffee/caramel and slight chocolate tone were emerging from the glass also. Light hints of grassy and citrusy hops were also in the mix. Overload on the senses! Taste was similar with many intense fruity characters found in the pleasing sweetness of this brew. The alcohol was very well hidden, making this one dangerously drinkable. Malty notes also were easy to pick up on the tongue.
One of the most complex beers I’ve ever had. Fantastic!