obguthr (4902) - 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 (7754) - 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 (16924) - 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 (2254) - 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 (5064) - 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 (1905) - 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.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Split over two sessions two days apart. Rating from first session. Very approachable for a big beer. LIke eating a bread pudding made with rich brownies and high ABV beer. Dark brown with a nice brown foam. Nose is boozy molasses. Flavour is alcohol, brownies and molasses. Holds up well to previous years but how high can they go?
jlruthven (594) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Mason Lounge on NYE. Motor oil black with light brown head. Lots going on with this one: sweet, molasses aroma, with some dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and anise. Mild hop presence in the taste (mostly the Fuggles, I think) , but mostly sweet raisin/chocolate/licorice combo. Strong roasted finish. For as much of a mess as this could have been, I’m mildly impressed.
dutch23mp (304) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been getting this every season for several years Jewbelation 10, 11, 12, etc. these guys are a hoot just to make this each year. This one is also pretty exceptional. Will kick your butt and I usually have it on New Years eve. This one is especially tasting of licorice and the Alcohol is pretty hidden. More of a beer soup that pours like motor oil. The brewmasters pull it off once again for palette and taste. I usually get a bottle or two for my Jewish friends for Hanukkah.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at Chad’s birthday. Brown pour with a small an head. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, and brown sugar. Taste is booze, caramel, more boze, and spicy chocolate.