raphael (1173) - 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 (8267) - La Mesa, 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 (10232) - 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 (5535) - 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.
Sarlacc83 (1952) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. By myself. Cuz I is dumb.
A: Opaque black with a half inch cappuccino head. Lacing test passed.
N: Coffee, licorice, molasses, cocoa, coconut, simple syrup, taffy, toffee, dark fruits. Charles and cotton candy.
T: Big, cloying sweetness. A biting licorice bitterness.
M: BOOZE. It is a 17 percenter, but still. Heavy body.
O: Well, this is interesting. Not good. But interesting. 14 dollars poorly spent on this fake shiksa.
whitehotg8 (85) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared this bomber with my brother and dad. Nearly black pour into a snifter, nice color and tan head. The aroma is indeed boozy with notes of malt and hops that are all over the map. Mostly sweet upon taste and not too bitter considering the massive amount of both hops and malt. The finish is boozy and lingering, we all loved it.
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolatey malt aroma. Malty taste.
zvsn (1675) - ISRAEL - JUL 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at He’Brew tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Brown-black with a beige head. Roasted malts and sweet fruits in the nose. Very sweet with dark dried fruits, chocolate, honey, licorice, molasses, bitter and very alcoholic. Medium-full bodied, smooth texture. Rich but too heavy and boozy.
rayaron (1411) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at He’Brew Brewery tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Dark black with nice quickly diminishing brown head. Roasted aroma, sweetish, syrupy, very alcoholic. Flavor is very alcoholic and very sweet, liqueur. Alcoholic sweet aftertaste. Full body.
DSG (12153) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a He’Brew tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel, stale piney hops, some fruitiness and quite a bit of alcohol. Sweet and boozy flavor with malt, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, liqueur and a boozy finish with harsh bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel. Too sweet and boozy.