Oscbert (1105) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
~Raisin and prune in aroma with alcohol sweetness and dark chocolate
~Pours black with small quickly disappearing brown head.
~Flavors of chocolate, coffee, prune and other vinous characteristics.
~Full bodied with medium CO2, sweet alcohol finish. Slight alcohol warmth.
~Enjoyable high alcohol beer. I thought this would be a mess because of all the hops and malts, but it turned out nicely with good flavor.
drjay44 (2850) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, light beige head, over an opaque black (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy dried fruits including plum, date, raisin, treacle, brown sugar....taste is sweet molasses, brown sugar, dried fruits including plum, date, finishing with lingering sweetness....mouth feel thick, chewy, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a very sweet, rich beer. The forces used in it are obviously tremendous, but end up unbalanced, with heavy sweetness, obvious malt complexity, and the end effect of being quite muddled. It is a combination of treacle tart and date pudding. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Lubiere (10721) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, beautiful dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, woody notes and licorice. Wow! In mouth, a smooth licorice laden vinous malt with plums, bitter herbs, ricolla, tons of alcohol, yet balanced. On tap at Datz, Dec. 9 2012.
Ibrew2or3 (7300) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours with a really dark brown body that supports an impressive lasting half inch mocha colored head of foam. The aroma is boozy, chocolate, faint toffee and then date to fig esteriness as well as some black strap molasses and a mild hodge podge of earthy-piny-sugary citrus hops. The taste is slick and sweet to start with. I get dark roasted malts, spicy black strap molasses, chocolate and oven burnt brownies to go along with some sweet dates, prunes and figs. To midway and on to the finish modestly bitter hops are joined by some booziness that helps out the other notes to close out the sipping experience. 16%, a real sipper. Nice stuff where the hops are more noticeable than prior editions.
obguthr (4357) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Prune, cashew, walnut, charred oak, baker’s chocolate nose. Mahogany, thick slow building beige head. Full body, hot but completely understandable for 16% ABV. Flavor is licorice, prune, dark chocolate horehound, tobacco . There are elements of both an imperial stout and a barleywine, but that appears to speak of disfunction. This beer is all over the place. I normally like complexity, but this just seems like a lot of stuff thrown together with little purpose. Good , but really taxing on the palate.
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Toffee and light alcohol aroma. Toffee and alcohol flavor with light cocoa. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and burnt sugar linger with alcohol and light roast.
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
It pours a oily black color with small head, brown, a bit fizzy, disappearing quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, and quite evident alcohol.
It’s full bodied, the mouthfeel is round, with the malt of a barley wine, roasted malts, strong flavor of dark chocolate too; in the final there is some liquorice, salt, and quite strong alcohol feeling (but somehow acceptable knowing the real ABV); strong bitterness; salty dark chocolate in the final too.
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16% version. pours light to med black with little to no head. light sweet nose with dark fruit notes on the back end. med to full body - sweet but not overly so - lots of dark fruits, sugars, a solid citrus hop flavor and some deep roasted malts. warming finish with the alcohol creeping and some pleasant dark fruit / sugar notes.
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour with a khaki head. nose is chocolate, fudge, rich, chewy, and syrup. thick on the palate, syrupy, chocolate, light alcohol, fudge and sticky.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 38°. Color is black with light carbonation and a thin tight tan head. Aroma is sweet dried fruit and alcohol. It has a full body with a slick, smooth mouth feel. Flavor jumps out with molasses then coffee, a bit of toffee some dried fruit and a note of oak. After taste is slightly bitter as the molasses gives a very faint smoke taste and the alcohol showing ever so slightly. Overall I like, I feel it’s a nice sipping brew with a different flavor palate then the previous releases. I also feel that for having 16% abv it hides it very well, other than the fact that after half the bottle I feel pretty well lit.