badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Urge. Black with a creamy light brown head. Faint chocolate caramel and alcohol aroma. Floral fruity candy chocolate sugar and alcohol taste with a thick syrupy palate.
reebtogi (4155) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle poured reddish black into glass with 3 fingers of light tan head that left some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malts and hops with some dark fruits. Taste is a big malty sweetness balanced with a bold hoppy bitterness. Heavy in body and moderate carbonation. Has a great complexity about it and leaves a pleasing feeling on the palate. The best Jewbelation to date.
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Randall’s. Pours a deep, dark, cloudy chestnut brown with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of booze, figs, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, toffee, and faint roast. Flavor of lots of sweet caramel and chocolate malts, toffee, toasted brown sugar, dark fruits, and booze. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. Good. This brewery has stepped up its game.
Drake (8505) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark reddish color with a medium creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, berries, toffee, brown sugar and bitter hops. The taste is toffee malts, berries, bitter hops, booze, brown sugar and maple. Full bodied.
SSSteve (3760) - - DEC 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. claims 10.9%. near black with a small tan head. there’s a little of everything in this, but the nose is mostly chocolate and dark malts, molasses with raisin and other sweet dark fruits. whoa....flavor is very sweet. lots of molasses, raisin, caramel, cocoa, licorice. tastes like a liquified medjool date. full body and goes down easy if you can handle the sweetness. huge stuff! i like sweet beer, but this is borderline too much. maybe it has something to do with the 10% version?
SDalkoholic (2145) - 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 (2183) - 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 (1501) - 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 (6584) - 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 (3483) - 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