mar (5134) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown almost black with a cream head. Chocolate, rich malts, chewy, light alcohol. Great palate, chewy, rich, chocolate, syrup, alcohol finish.
brewballs (215) - USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark plum colored brew. Lacy head. Performs like an American Strong Ale. A bit boozy. Figgy and bitter.You definitely can taste it. Full bodied. Complex. Not for everyone.
wlajwl (5379) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dark malts, dubbel characteristics and earth/coffee. The flavor is caramel, dark malts, dark fruit/grapes, slight nuttiness and a slightly sour/alcoholic finish.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap - Pours very dark amber, nearly black, with a small tan head. The aroma is of alcohol, roast, and a little dark fruit. It’s very sweet with obvious alcohol tones and some roasted chocolate with a touch of dark fruit. This one is just so sweet. Syrupy. It’s good but I think I’ve liked some of the earlier in the series more. Maybe at such a huge abv it’s time they changed things up a bit, maybe go more for a huge stout or barley wine instead of simply getting sweeter and sweeter.
Gerbeer (2811) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Pour dark brown with moderate head. Rich caramel toffee aroma with roasted malts and cotton candy. Flavors of dark brown sugar, heavily roasted malts, a melange of hops (but not overly bitter), and chicory. More like a thick barley wine. Alcohol is present but nothing like what I expected 17% would bring to the party. Great stuff.
BrettTaylor (725) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into tulip from 53F cellar. Pours a very dark color, almost black, with light tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly but never goes completely away. There is no lacing to speak of. Aroma - alcohol, dark red fruits, malt, a bit of milk chocolate. Taste - good grief there’s a lot in there. Very complex, moderately bitter coffee flavor, followed by dark dried fruits, raisins, and dark cocoa. Alcohol is apparent with a light warming burn at the back of the throat. Finish is quite long and somewhat bitter. Carbonation level is average, but a bit spiky on the tongue. It has a full, oily mouth feel. This is a big complex beer and nice on a very cold day.
Beerman6686 (6010) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a darker brown with a non existant head. Aroma was of molasses, dark burnt caramel, toffee, and booze. Falvor was lots of booze, yeast, light roast and big caramel.
stantheman (831) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 650 ml bottle from Legacy Liquor in Vancouver. An almost black, slightly translucent beer with beige head and heady dried fruit notes on the nose. Dried fruit and chocolate notes assault the palate. Oh yeah, this is good! Big rich malts here, but a prominent hop note evident as well. Body and mouth feel is thick and oily, and that in a good way. Big winner here!
crossovert (10675) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Uhhhh... pours black with a massive and long lasting tan head. Atypical for a17% beer, kinda fishy. Smell and taste are boozy for sure, dark fruits. Dk if its 17% though, had half a bottle after a couple of other beers and didn’t feel much.
GSH1976 (284) - Delaware, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with very little tan colored head. The aroma is difficult to describe since there is so much going on here. There is a lot of sweetness, malt, raisin and other dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, toffee, even a little smokiness and lots of booze. Taste is very sweet and basically a combination of the various aromas. Somewhat resembling a barleywine but even sweeter and more dark fruitiness. The hops attempt to show in the finish but are overpowered by malt. Full bodied with a somewhat dry finish and a noticeable warming effect. This is one hell of a unique beer but the cloying sweetness, and extremely high abv, make drinking this not very enjoyable.