cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, pours a deep black, almost no head and thin lacing. Huge alcohol, red wine, dark sugar nose. Warm, alcohol rich attack, sweet rich finish. This is a big beer. Duh.
kidmartinek (4161) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black w/ tan head. Very strong malt aroma where the malty sweetness subdues the alcohol. Some bitterness finishes the aroma. For 17% it comes off as 6. That alone is enough for a 4+ rating and the rest is either history or irrelevant.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve waited for this one for quite a while - and it’s a big improvement from the usual, cloying sweet style. This brew taste like a sweet stout; lots of roasted-malt notes with plenty of chocolate and hints of cherries and butterscotch. The aroma was a tad smokey with even more chocolate and coffee. There was heat, but it only added complexity to it all - cheers!
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours with a very dark body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet malts, molasses, dates and figs along with a vague blending of hops in the background that have a citrus gummy bear to black licorice sensation. The taste begins with malts, molasses sweetened dark roasted malts, slivers of burnt malts, toffee and chocolate. This then leads into sweet dark fruity esters midway and into the finish providing yet another facet to the experience. This is a nice sipper where the huge abv is noticeable but restrained for 17%. Overall this seems it needs some time to better integrate.
koleminer20 (1545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared at a tasting on December 15. The pour is a very dark ruby with a medium sized dark tan head that fades to a thin lacy ring around the edge of the glass. Holy smokes does the booze dominate the aroma. There is a little bit of a dark fruit presence that’s trying to peek through, but it’s struggling. The flavor is immediately warming. Very fruity. Almost like a barleywine, this thing packs a pretty complex, albeit extraordinarily boozy, palate. It’s kind of thin, and the booze lingers a bit much.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft and from the bottle. Delicious both times. I’m still amazed that this is 17% alcohol. I really wouldn’t have pegged it over 11%. Pours a good clear dark brown with fizzy light brown diminishing head and great legs. Aroma notes of molasses, caramel, chocolate, toffee, anise, and bread lead to an even more complex flavor profile of plum, raisin, cassis, port, tar, soy sauce, licorice, and cola. Oily and thick on the palate. Really nice. Can’t wait to try again in a few years.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. From notes. Another boozy winner from Hebrew. Super complex, with about 100 different things all clashing together at once. Alcohol is super well hidden for how boozy it really is. Digging it.
Russ2079 (9) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee, oak, dough, yeast, strong, liquor, caramel, malt, full body, sweet, slightly bitter.
TheBeerGod (5760) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque, murky mahogany. Short tan head. Aroma is boozy and sweet. Lots of caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark fruit notes, alcohol, roasted nuts and dark bread. Taste is very boozy and extremely sweet but has a weird hoppiness underlying it. There’s burnt caramel, toasted malt, toffee, dark fruits, chocolate notes, roasted nuts, chocolate cake, liqueur and dessert pastries. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Lots of boozy warmth and sugary stickiness to this one. Ends with more booze, candy notes, chocolate cake, cocoa, roasted malt, burnt caramel, dark fruit, roasted nuts, chocolate pastries and toasted dark bread.
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, dark brownish red pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruits, booze, some toffee, molasses notes, hints of earth, slight spice, touch of bourbon and oak. Taste is a mix of bourbon, oak, slight booze in there, hints of dark fruit, touch of molasses, toffee, finishing sweet, boozy.