jjgmd (1996) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany brown pour with a large Java tight lasting head. Nose is very sweet caramel, malt and heavy toffee . Taste is heavy sweet malt laden with alcohol ...’ nitro ’ smooth and velvety ! Finishes sweetly with the heavy malty notes and dryly. A sipper ! Quaff Score 6 / 10
mansquito (5474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottleshare: pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is booze, dark fruit, really hefty and malty. Taste is large sweet and boozy. A bit too much.
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my Uncle Mitch for this one. Pours dark brown motor oil. Foamy tan head with great retention. Smells of hot toffee, new leathers, fig pudding. Tastes of sugsr plums, vanilla, charred oak, and a candy cane/alcohol finish--almost like rumpleminz liqueur. Boozy and sweet. A delicious treat.
superspak (4748) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, wood, leather, tobacco, pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, wood, leather, tobacco, pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, wood, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying sweetness or astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness; increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/slick and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is a great strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Still quite hoppy after 3 years of age, which provides great balance to the huge malt flavors. A very enjoyable offering.
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black,tan head.Unpleasant alcoholic nose.Big chewy malt and alcohol palate.Nothing else
onceblind (7494) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep plummy brown, and a very thin light tan head. Big nose of port and earthy berries and deep English toffee malt. Gigantic flavor with a load of earthy toffee, huge sweetness, some port tones, deep semisweet cocoa. Booze, stone fruit, a little plum and date, and warm fruity dark malt.
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, & black licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, molasses/syrup, caramel, dark chocolate, some rye, dark fruit, and licorice; Warm boozy finish; Fairly well balanced; What to say - interesting for sure!
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noticable exhale upon opening the brew. Thin head at best which dissipates quickly. Signature stong malty alcoholic aroma. Raisins and plums along with loads of sweet malts and molasses. Color is an oily black. Loaded with flavor, malts and alcohol like all of their anniversary brews. Licorice, cough syrup, burnt toast, roasted grains. This brew is actually much better and more balanced that some of their previous anniversary brews. Maybe because i let the one rest for about 2 years before opening. A pretty damn good and tasty brew from HeBrew.
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours tar-black with a tiny, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The aroma is a hearty and complex swirl of tawny port, singed toffee, dark raisins, toasted nuts, ethanol, cigar tobacco and black bread. Full-bodied and syrupy with prickly carbonation. The flavor features candy sugar, milk chocolate, caramel, dark raisins, dates and tawny port with loads of harsh, boozy heat. There is quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is a touch metallic, but not offensive. Charcoal, burnt caramel and ethanol heat linger quite a while after each sip.
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle share at the WWWW beer tasting at iphonephan’s. dark brown with small tan head. Loads of booze, with sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses in a muddy boozy mess.