GSH1976 (307) - 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 (8335) - 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 (3058) - 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 (3709) - 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 (3374) - 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
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 (4628) - 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 (8082) - 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 (2413) - 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.