Gerbeer (2676) - 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 (694) - 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 (5810) - 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 (823) - 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 (10311) - 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 (265) - 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.
douglas88 (7794) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark murky brown color with a small white head. A big hot boozy nose, raisin and toffee. Super sweet, hot, burnt caramel, berries, big rich malts. Very drinkable despite an insane abv. Nice brew
keepersj12 (3019) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one strong brew. I found it to be a little to heavy with booze. Made for sipping by a fire. On tap at Victory Lane in Berlin NJ.
TheEpeeist (3663) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Great idea to offer some of these bigger, crazier brews in smaller formats. Deep tarry brown with some edgy foam. Nose is chocolate, port, citrus peel, apricot and raisin. Dense with an alcohol bite. Not as heavy or cloying as one would expect. Taste is molasses, pine, chocolate liqueur, orange marmalade and a touch of espresso.
drjay44 (3158) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, over a black (SRM 40) body.....nose is plum, fig raisin, molasses, light hops.....taste is heavy molasses, vinous tones, layers of plum, fig date, raisin, sweet throughout, finishing with a mild spice hop bitterness....mouth feel thick, chewy, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is thick, heavy, sweet, very alcoholic and highly complex. It is almost like drinking carbonated Port Wine flavored with additional molasses. It is a bit too much. BJCP 7/3/13/3/6