coachd (173) - 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 (524) - Boulder, Colorado, 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 (166) - 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 (15378) - 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 (2342) - 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.
AnokaBrewer (43) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was quite the beer. Very complex, sweet, lots of flavor and very well balanced.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Malt and dried fruit aroma. Thick malt and caramel flavor with plum, dried fruit, and alcohol. Fuller bodied. Malt and caramel linger with dark fruit and alcohol.
jb (2322) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share with Ron. Thanks Ron! Very dark, slightly red, minimum head and lacing. Interesting complex, nice nose. Spicy, malty, grapes, brown shugga. Palate very sweet in the intro. Mellowed/balanced by booze, carbonation, slight hops. Just barely not too sweet. Lots of body, fruity, thick, decent.
Ron (2725) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is more complex with a variety of malt and hop subtleties. Full bodied(malty) with a slightly boozy finish. Not as boozy as you would think for 17%. I really enjoyed this one.
BREWMUSKCLES (2313) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
vicious with nut and fresh malt. a bitter finish with big mellow taste of date and raisin. full mouthfeel to this deep caramel colored brew. little alcohol for the profile except for the expected dryness.