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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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


3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
bomber. Beautiful brown. Sweet, sweet malty boozy hoppy-ness. Really toned down for 16 thou, would think 12. Very drinkable & I am able to forgive a little complexity for more punch. Yep.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rcasta (813) - EL SALVADOR - NOV 2, 2012
why would anyone make something like this? too malty and too hoppy. this is no longer beer - 16%? whadafak?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (2757) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
This is an alright beer for what it is. Aroma was nice. Strong and thick. dark chocolate, licorice, and burnt wood. The thickness of the aroma told me that this was a hefty beer. Pour was a deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was huge. Extremely malty at first sip. Strong burnt caramel, licorice, plum and dark toffee. Some coffee notes came out as it warmed. The bitterness came out in the finish, balancing out the onslaught of sweetness from the malts. Moderate alcohol burn, this beer didnít apologize for itís high ABV. It flaunted it. Surprisingly good carbonation for such a big beer. Glad to try it, but seems like it is a little jumbled.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (5940) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Draft at sb. Pours nearly black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Biscuits and raisins and dates on the nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Intense boozy hot vodka rubbing alcohol twang. Chocolate raisins and biscuit mid palate mixed with the rubbing alcohol. Hot dry acetic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Glad I was able to snag a bottle of this! Deep, dark brown pour -- glossy black in the glass, with a slow-forming (and fairly quickly dissipating) burnt-mocha head. Boozy seafoam candy, or maybe toasted marshmallows dipped in rum on the nose. Some oak and brown sugar, and maybe just a hint of something bitter and roasted -- like a mild coffee. Very, very warm, and I donít just mean the alcohol -- warm like cinnamon, only this doesnít smell or taste like cinnamon. The taste is *quite* boozy, but it really does cover its 16% pretty well. Notes in the flavor match the aroma, with a significant alcohol burn all the way through, and a bitter, roasty finish. This has always been one of my favorite brews, but I think they may be bumping up against reasonable limits -- the recipe peaked at around year 12. Definitely a trip.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pretty damn delicious. Iím surprised at the negative reviews here. Granted, it is a very big beer that you have to be ready for. Aroma of deep dark malt, coffee. Rich, thick molasses boozy taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2668) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
The nose is boozy, chocolate, dark ripe fruit. The appearance is a deep brown/black, like a stout, light brown head. The flavor is sweet and boozy, chocolate, toffee, booze, ripefruit. The finish is a boze burn like scotch, and a lingering sweetness, some pine needles. Medium/thick to thick in body, oily in mouthfeel. Since Iím a fan of big, sweet, boozy beers, Iím good with this. i can see some people turned off by this. But IMO, very good. A bit too boozy if anything.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5573) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap at GABF. Pours a dark brown color with a grey head. A big nose of chocolates and sweet candies. A very dry flavor with toffee, candies, plum, sweet molasses, heat, very big. Worked for me. Not really syrupy, light carbonation. A bit like a massive barley wine. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nazbotica (15) - Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2012
The guy who gave this a .5 is not helping anyone. This is a unique beer, but incredibly drinkable for 16% and fresh to boot. Amazing aroma of hard candy, cotton candy and rootbeer. The taste is the same, not as sugary as I would have expected. Maybe it was the big stouts that led up to this that prepared me for such a big beer. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky. The color is really dark with a red highlights. This should age really well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (1867) - Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle from Whole Foods. Almost black with ruby highlights and a small brownish head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, alcohol, and dark fruits. Taste is super rich, sweet malt with a substantial booze character and a moderate bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel, full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Not bad, but the sweet syrupyness gets a tad cloying.


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