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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours very dark, more black than brown, which is the first noticeable different from last year. Nice little tan head. Aroma is stone fruit and a bit of chocolate. Taste is very roasty and does a pretty all right job of balancing the huge sweetness. Not a perfect balance but certainly not an unmitigated mess. Incredibly warming alcohol burn. Very nice on a cold december night!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1310) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Tap. Very dark with a thin mocha head and light lacing. Smells roasty, chocolaty, caramelly, and boozy. First boozy, then sweet, then dry. Oily mouth feel, tingly on the tongue, lightly dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (13596) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Almost black in color, at worst very dark brown. A very tall brown head. Big roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit aromas. Some dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, and molasses. A bit acidic in terms of the flavor and somewhat boozy. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Some molasses, caramel, and licorice. Some okay flavor, but too heavy on the booze.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Not sure of it's an ale as much as a barley wine. Incredibly viscous and boozy. As a barley wine it's good, and I am not a big barley wine guy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep brown brew with a ring of tan head. So much going on here - nose is boozy with dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, roast. Crazy sweet, the 16% is definitely there. I can see this getting pretty great over time. Brown sugar, roasted malt, dates.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Deep mahaganey color with a taset of molases cherryanda bitter coffe finish has a strong alcohol smell and taste that should mellow with age over all i would say this beer is worth a try definatly on its own and not with food. rated by the girlfriend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4866) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Sweet pit fruit, licorice and soy aromas. Thick with upfront dark pit fruit turning to soy before the hot lasting molasses finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1583) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours a deep opaque brown color with a full tan head. Aroma is coffee, licorice, dark dried fruit and cocoa. Taste is sweet dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, merlot, dark dried fruit, licorice, coffee and raisin jack. Alcohol becomes evident almost immediately after the taste begins and lingers as warmth long after the swallow. Very complex, with a lot of different characteristics too numerous to mention. Well balanced in spite of complexity, though. I suppose strong ale is as good a monicker as any, but very imperial stout-like also works. Something really different to be savored and enjoyed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMLINAZ (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Last beer at Total Wine’s "Winter Brews" tasting class 11/30/12. Aroma is coffee, licorice, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is sweet malts, though smoother than I expected given the aroma. It’s thick, with a long finish. I only had a sample size so didn’t get the strong alcohol flavor some critics have mentioned.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (422) - - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Not much that stands out in the aroma. Pomegranate and booze. Very dark with dark tan head. Lots of lacing. Sweet malt flavor with so many flavors hard to pin them down. Lots of complexity, dried fruit for sure. This is surprisingly light bodies for as dark as it is but still has great flavor. Very good.


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