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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
650ml bottle, 16% a/v. Very eager to try this so lets go! Pours the deepest black I have ever seen on a beer, with a thick brown head. Looks intense! Aroma is stone fruit, caramel, chocolate, bananas, tons of aromas mixing, very complex! The taste is deep, rich, containing chocolate, nuts, and some smokiness as well. Definitely an alcohol warmth as it goes down into your stomach too! Palate is smooth and rich, but on initial hit a bit boozy for my liking. Overall though an intense and rich beer full of more character than an entire truck full of mainstream beers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (2988) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours very dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, molasses toasted malts with hints of citrus. Very sweet dark fruit and molasses flavors with some lightly roasted malts and citrus. Quite boozy ( well, it is 16% ABV). Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Thick pitch black, motor oil appearance surprised me. Aroma of coffee, molasses, raisins, dark fruit, mild pine. Thick an oily mouthfeel. For 16%, it’s boozy but not as excessively as I expected. Decent balance and not crazy given the amount of elements at play. Sweet up front with a medium bitter finish. I really enjoyed this. Giving it a year would only make it better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pretty amazing stuff. Very boozy tasting but still palatable. Taste is phenomenal for a 16% beer. Sweet with hints of plums, maple syrup, molasses, and honey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Was worried that this would be a big mess of a brew... and it kinda was. Nice nose of dark roast & chocolate, some coffee, dark pit fruits & bitter hops. Flavor was similar, except more bitter, piney hops & a big alcohol burned that just didn’t work for me. Maybe I’ll cellar 1 for a year.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2388) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Can’t remember how I get this one. Enjoyed in a wine glass at 50F

A - Poured a pitch black almost oily appearance with a 2 finger head.

S - Tons of roasted malts, coffee and some licorice.

T - WOw booze-bomb! it burns to drink it. Tons of chocolate, coffee and more spices like licorice. Uber sweet start to finish. Lots of smokiness

M - Heavy body, medium carb..so boozy

O - This beer is pretty interesting. Very complex but oh boy is it boozy and smoky. needs some time in the bottle for sure.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (489) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black) with a tan ring head. Great sweet, malty riot of an aroma with black licorice, booze, and figs. Very sweet (nearly cloying) sugary taste with raisins, fudge, toffee, and prunes, with the booze very evident throughout, and a touch of spicy bitterness to finish. Sticky, slick body. Lovely brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1947) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, dark fruit, black licorice, & some booze; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, some oak, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses/syrup, dark fruit, and licorice; Smooth boozy finish; Nicely balanced; Overall, one of those brews you’ll either love or hate - I enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled on draft at D’s Monroeville this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy brown head that faded and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty raisin and molasses. The flavor was malty, pretty sweet and fairly boozy with notes of rum, cherry, tobacco, raisin and a ton of molasses. Long finish of molasses, raisin, cherry and rum. Fairly full bodied. Boozy but not as much as you would expect from a 16% beer. Interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Black with a thin bubbly khaki head. Aroma is boozy and roasty with some bourbon barrels (or something), burnt toast, honey, and cocoa nibbs. Flavor is really warm with hot sherry notes, some sugar cane, charred oak, and bittersweet cocoa nibbs.


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