glennmastrange (2379) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark chocolate and coffee, light to moderate hops and yeast of resin, dough and earth, with background notes of raisin, alcohol and metal. Head is large, frothy/creamy, light brown with fiar lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes heavily sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is full, syrupy with a soft carbonation and a sticky and mouth puckering finish. Oof! This is a powerful American Strong Ale. A little too sweet for my tastes and it’s one of the most dense beers I’ve had. You gotta drink this one slow, it lasted me a whole evening.
Jamesthebrit (322) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Looks great. Pours thick like a milkshake. Dark brown head.
S: nice smell as well. Roasty. chocolate alcohol seems well hidden.
T: Alcohol is not well hidden at all.... There are some great notes to begin with but as the beer warms the balance gets worse and worse until the alcohol is nearly unbearable.
P: Thick like a milkshake.
Overall there are some good things to this beer but the high alcohol really sort of kills it for me.
mansquito (3908) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Total Wine, Fairfax 650ml ($7ish): Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. Aroma is a good bit of chocolate, dark fruits like figs and stuff, liqueur (although not quite booze), fruitcake, and malts. Taste sweet, with a bit of pretzel. Hoppage is pretty minimal, but there is definitely a minor bitterness, but I feel as though the hops are adding something substantial to the taste as well. Mouth feel is sticky. Beer is gloopity gloop. Alcohol is miraculously covered in all this malt. However, it does have a warming burn towards the finish. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this is not a bad surprise. That being said, gloop isn’t really my thing when it comes to beer.
JoeMcPhee (8807) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from from LCBO. Deep brown- black pour with a tight brown head. The nose is lovely - rich and chewy with a heavy tarry aroma and some light spicy hoppiness as well. Bitter cocoa and some rye spiciness as well. A little bit of plumminess as well but it's malt-dominated. A touch of charriness but it's pretty nice. Peppery with a little bit of lingering bitterness. Pretty nice strong ale actually.
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TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours almost black with a retained tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, spruce and booze. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish. The beer is too hot, IMO. Alcohol is front and center too much. I understand it’s 16% but this is too much for me. Otherwise a pretty good beer.
hangunder (297) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boozyness and sweet caramel/malts in the nose. A little bit of banana and woody notes as well. Very dark and viscous pour, with virtually no head. Looks black in the glass. Taste is very syrupy, molasses comes to mind immediately. Quite interesting array of flavors, including coffee, soy sauce, red fruit and chocolate come through. Cocoa aftertaste with hop bitterness and alcohol heat. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting to try.
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Jet black, nice lasting brown head. Nose of molasses and alcohol. Thick very sweet palate of molasses,malt and licorice with harsh alcohol heat
Not particularly pleasant
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa, this is a huge beer. I too find the body a bit on the thin side (comparatively speaking), but that’s one of the few faults. Hides the alcohol just enough where it still feels warm, but also sweet. I suppose your liking to this beer will be dictated by how you feel about sweet beers. Even then I find this to be quite grounded, similar to the Cuvee van der Kaiser Blauw I also picked up from the LCBO. This one would be worth aging. Taste profile falls somewhere between a strong ale, a Russian Imperial Stout, and a barley wine. Lots of malt, quite a bit of bitterness, lots of dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates, etc.), but also some roasted flavours and chocolate in here. Great beer.
doublebock (520) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with light brown head. Malty aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and bourbon. Rich and malty with complex layers of flavors going on here: raisins, cocoa, and butterscotch . Finishes with some coffee grinds.
BrewMasterRob (2) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So far my all time favorite high gravity beer. One bottle does the trick. wonderful mix of lots of grain and hops variety. this beer was worth every penny. I would love to get a home brew recipe for this one.