NeuroPliny (238) - Calgary, Alberta, - 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.
Crit (3738) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black,tan head.Unpleasant alcoholic nose.Big chewy malt and alcohol palate.Nothing else
onceblind (6691) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep plummy brown, and a very thin light tan head. Big nose of port and earthy berries and deep English toffee malt. Gigantic flavor with a load of earthy toffee, huge sweetness, some port tones, deep semisweet cocoa. Booze, stone fruit, a little plum and date, and warm fruity dark malt.
Niko100 (2554) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, & black licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, molasses/syrup, caramel, dark chocolate, some rye, dark fruit, and licorice; Warm boozy finish; Fairly well balanced; What to say - interesting for sure!
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noticable exhale upon opening the brew. Thin head at best which dissipates quickly. Signature stong malty alcoholic aroma. Raisins and plums along with loads of sweet malts and molasses. Color is an oily black. Loaded with flavor, malts and alcohol like all of their anniversary brews. Licorice, cough syrup, burnt toast, roasted grains. This brew is actually much better and more balanced that some of their previous anniversary brews. Maybe because i let the one rest for about 2 years before opening. A pretty damn good and tasty brew from HeBrew.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours tar-black with a tiny, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The aroma is a hearty and complex swirl of tawny port, singed toffee, dark raisins, toasted nuts, ethanol, cigar tobacco and black bread. Full-bodied and syrupy with prickly carbonation. The flavor features candy sugar, milk chocolate, caramel, dark raisins, dates and tawny port with loads of harsh, boozy heat. There is quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is a touch metallic, but not offensive. Charcoal, burnt caramel and ethanol heat linger quite a while after each sip.
DCLawyer (2395) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle share at the WWWW beer tasting at iphonephan’s. dark brown with small tan head. Loads of booze, with sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses in a muddy boozy mess.
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared a 22oz bottle with some friends. Poured a pitch black color with a small tan head - more carbonation and head than I expected on this one, but head doesn’t last very long. Wispy remains behind. Aroma is dark fruits, like a ton of dried fruits - lots of burnt malt notes too, brown sugar. Bitter earthy notes, brown sugar, booze. And I mean a lot of booze is in this one. Very warming, but a year or so has mellowed out the edges a bit on this one so it was actually pretty drinkable for what it was since only two of us were partaking in this one, but I don’t think I’d return - I hear they no longer try to match the anniversary year, which is probably a smart move.
BuckeyeBoy (5241) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours out black topped with pretty much no head. Nose is roast some soy plenty booze and a bit of malty sweetness. Taste is more of the roast malts soy some burnt sugar.
Lagerboy (1835) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, cellared about a year. Ruby hued deep dark brown, mocha foam settles and fades. Dark roasted chocolate malt aroma. Taste is mostly rich sweet dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses, dark fruits, quite boozy and intense, totally over the top. Softer carbonation, full bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0 ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
tepid sepia. Light chocolate and oxidation, booze creeping in. Heavy chocolate syrup and booze all over a la southern tier, sugar stinging mid-late. Deplorable balance, no nuance, no grain, no hops, no yeast.. no water. Beer?