jandd1983 (3690) - Wentzville, 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 (4902) - 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 (1383) - 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 (1372) - 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 (247) - 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 (1129) - 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 (7898) - San Diego, California, 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 (9411) - 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)
thornecb (5366) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Dark chocolate, sourdough pumpernickel, and dark pit fruit aromas. Thick and full with sweet caramel and soy sauce upfront turning to licorice and candied hot chocolate covered cherries in the lasting finish.