Indra (2686) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. The 17% trainwreck beer that I’ve kept in the cellar for nearly a year and I come face to face... Aroma is comprised mainly of huge, dark, sweet malts, dried fruits and alcohol, with notes of molasses, black bread, slight roast, raisin, red grape, cherry, licorice, spicy, earthy hop, a faint hint of tartness as well as some light fusel -- yes, more alcohol just in case you somehow forgot it was a ridiculous 17%. Mostly black in color with some faint dark brown-red highlights, no head to speak of here, nor lacing, nor sediment, just clean and very dark. Flavor profile is every bit the trainwreck it was promised to be, with all kinds of things going on between sips, such as hugely sugary and dark malts, a slight tanginess throughout, earth, coffeeish roast, chocolate, black cherry, prune, tinges of red wine, hot, peppery alcohol, deep, lasting hop bitterness and some jammy fruit in the background, to name a few. Hot and lightly syrupy on the palate, thick and coating with a body that can only come from 17 different varieties of malt. Leaves the glass quite sticky. How far will they go, folks??
jandd1983 (2973) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of rich caramel toffee with roasted malts and some cotton candy. The taste was of dark brown sugar, roasted malts, hops and a hint of earth. Very tasty.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle -
Aroma - rubbing alcohol, overripe plums/black grapes. Nothing special
Appearance - deep, dark brown/black body, 2-finger tan head, average retention, average lacing.
Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, thick and viscious
Flavor - dark dried fruits, toffee, almost mocha-ish. Over-the-top sweetness hides any hot alcohol trying to be noticed.
Overall - I think these guys and their beers are getting a little tired. You can only keep throwing the kitchen sink into the mashtun and expect different results. Tasty, a novelty but been there, done that.
presario (4778) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17%!! Kept it in the fridge for a couple of weeks trying to decide between big night and sharing. Found a re-usable cap and split over two nights. Still had a nice head on day two. Kind of wonder at the merits of a 16th hop or malt ingredient but it is fun to celebrate 17 years. Strong beer but smooth. Hops are muted by thick malt. Strong licorice-molasses taste and bitterness. A nice drink.
fletchfighters (1198) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into a tulip
Black pour, light mocha head. Obvious ABV legs.
Nose is chocolate, roast, anise, pine and alcohol. Oddly enough the ABV is pretty restrained. Still very evident.
Taste is licorice bullets, chocolate, pine, citrus, roast. Strong bitterness with the pine but well balanced by the roast.
Full on, aggressive beer by the roast and bitterness. Strangely drinkable though. Or it was sharing it with two friends helped. ABV really kicked in later. Was hammered by it later.
OmegaX (1318) - Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ABC. Nose is pomegranate, molasses, sweetness, figs, marker, some roast. Pours a dark, dark brown, beige head. Flavor is sweet malts, figs, plums, hot alcohol notes, lightly roasted, intense. Not bad.
jh773 (202) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque brown-black. Thin brown head that fizzes off quickly. Rich peat, prunes, dried dark fruit, licorice, molasses. Taste is smoke, thick brown sugar and molasses, tobacco. Bitter finish that burns in the back of the throat. All the booze is making my stomach upset; way too strong for me.
raphael (948) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of alcohol, prunes, sawdust, orange peel (or is that my arm pit?). thick coffee w/ cream head on darkest brown. Flavors of alcohol, milk chocolate, licorice, lime & roast malt. Very creamy mouth feel. Too much. Quickly fiery in the stomach.
blipp (6615) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Super rich and sweet, with dark fruits, toffee, rum cake, and caramel. Maybe a bit too sweet, but it works.
slowrunner77 (6543) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Still doing great things with super high abv brews. though I think they’re nearing (or past) the peak. Up to 16 they somehow continued to improve every year. This beer was still very good, and a ridiculously sneaky 17%, but takes a small step back from last years. Dark, malty, vinous...perhaps so much going on (dark frut, slight anise, earthy hops) that it loses focus, but it was enjoyed by all. Not 1 remark of damn that’s strong (or hot)