Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 11/30/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-41° in Snifter-Pours a dark brown almost black with a small one finger tan head. Aroma of bubblegum, dark fruit, cotton candy, malt, and hops. Taste of sweetness, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and alcohol. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty but I think IMO still a bit hot. Will buy one to age and see if it mellows but still was expecting more head at this ABV and I am amazed at how they hide this so well.
riversideAK (5937) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of sweet dark malt molasses chocolaye roast leather dark fruit sugary as fuck. Light alcohol for.abv. pours dark brown Almost black creamy tan head and good lace. Flavors of sweet sugary malts roast chocokate dark fruit leather. Some earthy bittetness.balances. huge body. Viscous full almost syrupy. Served in a pint glass. I waz hung over. Not bad though. Too sweet.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Vintage 2012, 16% ABV! Aroma of simple syrup, molasses, dark chocolate, alcohol, & bubblegum esters. Black pour, thick oily body, dark brown head. Long legs. Tastes of roasted grains, alcohol, cocoa powder. Very strong, vinous like character, nice roasted finish. (3536)
bhensonb (13218) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown/black with a temporary, nearly chocolate, tan head. Aroma runs toward treacle and dark fruits. Quite full bodied. It has carb. Flavor is chocolate, then dark fruit, then moving on to chocolate and dark malt. Heat sneaks in once in awhile, but it’s not obnoxious. Much less heat than expected. Certainly not dry, but the sweetness is much more restrained than many barleywines. I think there’s bitter in the finish, but whether from burnt malt or hop? It’s fairly refined, and pretty tasty.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a fizzy white head. Interesting aroma of dough, chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and hazelnut. Tastes of hot cinnamon, hazelnut, bitter dark chocolate, brown sugar, and yeast/dough with a rough, slightly sharp acetone finish. Thick sticky sugary palate.
Steasy66 (1103) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with tiny tan head. Aroma is booze, chocolate malt, coffee, dark fruit, apples, a whole lot going on here. Taking a sip the first thing you notice is the oily texture, the boozy burn hits shortly thereafter, but its filled with sweet chocolate malts and dark fruit flavors. Very thick but it fits, low carbonation. This beer is fantastic, I can’t believe its 8 bucks a bomber. I’m really impressed.
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich black with a viscous brown head. Complex aromas of dark chocolate cake, raisins, plums, fruit cake, and sweet booze. Harsh roast and burnt flavors cover hints of caramel and toffee among other things. Finishes surprisingly dry with lingering burnt flavors.
Great aromatics but the burnt/roasted characteristics dominate any other flavors that are at work. These harsh flavors might fade with some cellaring.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with no head. The aroma Is fairly boozy with some anise. The taste is very anise with some sweetness and booze.
dangjdangel (40) - - NOV 27, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Yikes. Poured on tap at midway pub ATL. The malt is overwhelming on this one and the palate is very heavy. First sip was ok but this beer quickly started to taste like soy sauce. Not recommended.
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ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a thick-looking, viscous, black body with a couple inches of dark tan foam.
Smell: Heavy, heady scents of blackstrap molasses, blackened barley grains, black licorice, dark chocolate, oven-roasted prunes, raspberry, leafy, floral hops.
Taste: Molasses, bitter chocolate, heavy roastiness, charred toasted remnants, and even some burnt campfire marshmallows. There’s a big sweetness on-hand, but a ramping up over the roastiness, along with the hop bitterness and heated, spirited alcohol qualities. Leafy, resiny, floral hops present. Some of the aforementioned fruitiness present, but it’s dampered by the heavy maltiness. Sweet, roasty, boozy finish. Be sure to have a cleansing glass of water at the ready.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: I acquired one of the bottles at 11.8% ABV for the markets that cannot procure the standard 16%. Even still, it’s coming across as fairly hot. I thought both Fourteen and Fifteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I feel the same way about this year’s version. Perhaps the Jewbelation train has passed me by.