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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dangjdangel (40) - - NOV 27, 2012
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9998) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bombers from Craft Ale House, Blue Dog, and State Line. Pours hazy blackish, with some ruby through direct light, and a finger of thick, frothy tan head. Nose is like a mix of Thomas Hardy’s and a Trappist Quad, with that figgy fruit, funky yeasty earthy charred malt, and plummy notes. Tastes medium on the palate as far as heft goes, and with a fair amount of heat, with notes of spirits (cognac), plum, prune, charred black malts, hops, and a dry finish. This one waters out a bit late, becoming like a cognac on the rocks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Surprisingly light and frisky for 16%. Pours jet black. Very viscous but not heavy. A bit too sweet when all is told.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerSquare (117) - - NOV 25, 2012
Exactly what you’d expect from a 16% beer with 16 hops and 16 malts-- motor oil. Tasty motor oil. This stuff is ridicullously thick and ends up tasting more like a stout than anything else to me-- maybe a porter. But it’s really mostly your standard choclatey roasty malt flavors. Good, but can’t imagine a situation where it’s really what I’d want to drink. I guess maybe nights like tonite, when I didn’t have a big enuff dinner and want to fill up, wnile getting my beer on . . . . makes me crave a hop manna a lil bit. . . .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (4122) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
23 nov 3012, bottle. Dark brown/black. Nose is awesome! Nuts, alcohol, sugary malt, molasses, syrup. Wow. Full body and mildly fizzy, very syrupy. Wow. Just wow! Big alcohol, burnt toast, black coffee, some molasses, faint syrup, fair wood. Wow. Wow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bomber from Palm Springs. Pours very dark in color. Looks quite slick and oily. Dark fruity nose. Some fig. Reminds be of a dubbel. Dark and roasty up front. Some roasted coffee along with some sugary sweetness. Full bodied and full flavored. Alcohol is certainly there. Would be a lot better if the alcohol was toned down a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, raisin, plum, light vanilla, roast, and a touch of espresso. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one inch tan head that quickly fades to a thin film. There is some minimal lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate, residual sugar, and light raisin. The finish has light-moderate roasted coffee, plum, and light alcohol (not so much burn...but definite flavor). It’s full bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I’m basing this rating on a small sample. It’s pretty good at first, but it really wore on me as I tried to drink my half of a bottle. As I stated in my 15th Anniversary rating, it’s really time to put the Hebrew anniversary beers in smaller format bottles.

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