alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with a medium, light brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, very sweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Pretty thick and syrupy on the palate. Bursting with alcohol. Roasty and dark fruit, with maybe some licorice notes, and than an earthy finish. Tough to get through the alcohol at first. A bit too boozy and messy.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 Aroma of licorice, toffee, and tootsie rolls. Pours black and viscous. Taste is strong of licorice, molasses and slight peatty booze like scotch. Very boozy and not too tasty.
Tmoney99 (13609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded.
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You know the aroma just isn’t that good. It smells like alcohol more than anything. It pours like used motor oil with little no head. If there is any head it disappears as this beer draws down clean.The body is like syrup. The flavor, mostly malt syrup and alcohol. Supporting cast includes roastyness and some bitterness. Somehow its decent to drink despite not having much going for it, and no, the high abv is a turnoff. This is beer we’re drinking, remember?
jkwood04 (5294) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours almost black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malts plus a lot of citrusy and floral hops and alcohol. Flavor the same, with a lot of everything but a little too much alcohol. Thicker texture. An interesting beer but they could have toned aspects of it down.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - pours dark caramel brown with small tam head, fully diminishing. Loaded with dark malty flavors. Roast nuts, dried fruit, dates and with slight evergreen hoppy finish. Burn burn burn. Let this one age for 16 years or so. It might calm down.
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. 11.8% abv. Pours a thick, rich dark brown with a nice foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, roasted malts, dark cocoa, burnt sugars, dark fruits, and dough. So much going on it’s insane. Taste is sickly sweet and sour at the same time. Loads of sugars, roasted malts, molasses, and so many other flavors. Too much going on to handle. Very boozy. Rich and thick. Coats the throat.
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, dark chocolate and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, plum, raisin and molasses with a smooth lingering molasses finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with dark fruits, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, with some darker chocolate, coffee, and richer toffee notes and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with some darker chocolate, dark fruits, citrus hops, some bitterness, and brown sugar. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some molasses, residual sugars, vanilla, sweet toffee, pine and grassy hops, and some more fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts with dark fruits, milk chocolate, some darker cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, citrus and pine hops, molasses, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Incredibly complex, but at the same time refined and balanced.
robforbes (2188) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown with a very small brown head, and good lacing.
smell is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, some spice, and malt.
taste is of strong alcohol, dark fruits, cocoa, a touch vanilla, dark malts, and a little bit of spice. ends strong.