Headbanger (3276) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 6/19/14 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-50° in Snifter-Pours dark brown with a nice sized tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Taste of caramel, malt, dried fruit, and sweetness. This full bodied brew has a lot going on but it is well balanced and goes down smooth. I still don’t know how Shmaltz hides the ABV so well. This beer ROCKS
sonnycheeba (3470) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma is bready malts, alcohol spice, plums, raisins, faint floral notes, and some caramel. Flavor is chewy malt base, booze, dark fruit and caramel sweetness, and light woody bitterness; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
snoworsummer (2051) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber. Pours cola brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes super smooth, strong, alcohol, raisin, malt. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like strong raisin, malt, and booze.
JHeath99 (903) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours a dark cola with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit with definite hints of booze. Taste of the darkest fruits with the booze still there and a bit of caramel.
Westmeister (1728) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$9 bomber may just be the best price per alcohol volume in all of beer(said with absolutely zero thought behind the statement) 17% by my damn self. Poured cold as dark brown and nice creamy tan head. Smell initially cold is big dark booze soaked fruits, rich caramel, biscuit, cocoa. Taste is somewhat harsh cold with thick booze and considerable hop punch but overwhelmed by the alcohol soaked dark fruits, heavy caramel, licorice. As it warms all flavors and booze all are enhanced. Like it but 22 ozs solo is going to be tough.
coachd (92) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Complex multilayered aroma. I’m getting traces of cinnamon, starfruit, roasty malt, very light hops, overall sweetness. No booze at all detected in the smell, surprising for 17% ABV. I love the aroma of this beer. Smells more like a Belgian ale than an American Strong Ale. Striking dark brown color with thin off white foam. Tastes like booze, spice and black licorice with some hop bitterness at the end. I don’t mind a little heat in my stronger beers, and this one certainly brings that, but I was expecting it. Palate is smooth, and it has a huge aftertaste that might not ever go away. This beer tastes and feels like drinking whiskey. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I would like to try an aged bottle of this.
TheGB (506) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light aroma of spice and malt. Taste is malty and quite spicy, but quite tasty and complex. Palate is quite nice for the ABV, yes it is hot, but it’s 17% ABV so you’d have to expect that.
NeuroPliny (143) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 cc bottle shared with JB. Poured into a stem glass. Black with minimal quickly fading head. Aroma is raisin, fig, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malts. Flavour is roasted malts, dark dried fruit, spice, and subtle hops. Perhaps a bit sickly sweet for my liking. Minimal carbonation. Medium to full body.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Legacy Liquors, Vancouver
The color is almost black, with medium sized head. Mild aroma of dark caramel, roasted malt, light chocolate, bread. Full bodied; caramelly, moderately sweet, very boozy, bread, raisins, light liquorice; too strong alcohol perception. Pungent final (strong bitterness and alcohol).
glennmastrange (2240) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Heavy toasted and nutty for the malt, moderate perfume and burnt orange peel for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with raisin, prune, tawny port, toffee and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, light brown with slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily to harshly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with a carbonation between soft and lively, and finishes metalic, lightly astringent and harshly alcoholic. This American Strong Ale is somewhat harsh in spots, but it’s complex and super rich.