NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Argonaut in Denver. Pours a deep black appearance with a decent, very dark brown head. Anise, dark chocolate, sickly sweet malty, incredibly boozy aroma. Incredibly cloying, syrupy black licorice, dark chocolate, very woody, fig/dark fruity, grape drank, overly boozy flavor. Hard to take more than a sip at a time. There seems to be a lot of flavor but itís boozy as hell and burns like a mofo on the finish. Is it a drain pour? Nah, I wanna get loaded tonight.
Reynolds314 (2007) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2012
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Next in our celebration of Hanukkah is this swill. Aroma is butane, rubbing alcohol, asphalt. Im leaving room in the Aroma category by giving this a 2 because maybe somewhere out there I will encounter a beer that smells worse then this.. maybe. Pours a nice black pour with light beige head and looks pretty appetizing. The taste is very bad with incredibally cloying sweetness and tons of alcohol. This tastes almost unsafe to drink like im trying to poison myself on chemicals. Drain pour bad terrible gross abortion.
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is very strong with alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, hops, and chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a very good beer like the others in the series
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is dark, nearly black with a fairly small, dark tan, fizzy, pillowy head which is somewhat diminishing and leaves scattered lace rings. The nose is fairly obscure for the strength; semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, dried fruit (date, fig, currant), light coffee, burnt caramels, and earthy roast and toast. The flavor is better with more of the fruit notes throughout, slightly more sweet espresso and earthy roast, still very chocolatey (almost like a dark chocolate shake), molasses, and burnt caramels. The palate is very full, coating, chewy, almost lively, maybe even a bit oily. The finish finally has some warmth, the chocolate turning fudgey, still some currant lingering, and an earthy bitterness left on my tongue. Very drinkable beer at the ABV and much better the longer I let it sit out. A little stout ish but more like Old Viscosity or Struisse's Panneport. I'm not sure the 16 malts and hops are necessary but the end result is nice. I'm surprised by the less than mediocre ratings I've seen, but I thought it was good.
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KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
1.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle from Chaim Witz.
Pours a perfect black with a thick, frothy head of beige. The nose surrounds the room: thick chocolate, lightly roasted nuts, caramel glaze, matzoh, crispy autumn leaves. Flavor is upfront bourbony chocolate, roasted nuts, toasted matzoh, grapefruit soaked in caramel, and a butt-ton of chutzpah. Woah. This is one seriously aggressive beer with tons of stuff goiní on. Thick on the tongue. Oy vey. This one makes my schmekel curl.
marcus (5876) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a funky fruit and treacle aroma. There is a fruity dark molasses flavor with a very warm alcohol trail. Creamy and tasty, but beware the heat.
Drake (7834) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Big malty aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins, caramel and booze. The taste is chocolate, toffee, booze, a decent amount of smoke and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied and fairly hot. Nice, but these anniversary beers are getting kinda boring. Whatís next, 17 MALTS! OHMIGOD!
AirForceHops (2560) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Meadhall, Cambridge, MA. Anniversary glass shows a deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Nose is so sweet, itís kind of offensive. Rich malts, sugar, alcohol and dark fruit. Flavors of caramel, chocolate malts, dark fruits, citrus hops for bitterness. The finish is a more dark fruits, residual sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and a large amount of booze. Full bodied with average amount of carbonation. A sweet, malt bomb with ABV being overwhelming. I bet if you grabbed a bottle and sat on it for 4 years it would be a drinkable brew. Glad I got a short pour of this.
oRos (965) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Chris? . Aroma.is malt alcohol some dark fruits and apple. Taste is malty with dark strong ale fruit. With a lot of heat some soy sauce. * note this bottle was listed as California edition.
MrFecesious (734) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown. Aroma of chocolate, wood, sweet citrus. Taste is much the same, with abundant alcohol and faint hop bitterness. Just way too much alcohol taste apparent in this and not balanced enough.