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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
Holy big beer batman. Pours inky black with a small beige head. Aroma is raisin, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol. Taste is astringent alcohol with fig, chocolate, roasted malts. Just a big mashup. This has to end some time yes? I love these beers but itís becoming more muddled.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2430) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
ZEBF 13 pours black, brown ring of foam. smells sweet, cleaning products ( ??? ) thick, sweet, in a weird way, roasted malts..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma with some vanilla smooth alcohol. A lot in it, but nothing much coming out as dominant.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3165) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 5, 2013
Deep dark body, small tan head. Bourbon kind of sweetness, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins. More refined than tasteful. Strong flavour, alcohol, hops sharpness. Warming ending. (ZeeBra)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle @ zeebra. Aroma is big malts, some roast, liquorice, caramel and more. Flavour is sharp roasty liquorice alcoholic madness. A bit too much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle with label marked as "CA Edition". Pours with a black hued pour and a large and lasting deep brown head. Aromas are malty, biscuity, licorice, vanilla, iodine, chocolate, cotton candy, grainy, rye, dark fruits, plums, deep caramel, treacle. Lightly herbal, low ester, boozy. Summed up: Busy. Flavors are pretty sweet and pretty muddled with big chocolate, roast, coffee, tobacco, dark fruit, kiln coffee, boozy, medium ester, lightly fruity, lightly herbal. Busy and convoluted. A bit silly (especially when you look at the hop schedule on their brew sheet online). While they are at it, why donít they try to ferment it with 16 different yeast strains? Silly. Huge body, viscous, warming. Medium carbonation with big alcohol. Honestly it is a lot better than I expected (from a beer whoís recipe seems based more around a marketing goal than a taste goal).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2013
Sample at Hop City. Poured nearly black with a thin brown head. Beautiful. Aroma was roasted malt, some fig and dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate. I can smell clouds of alcohol wafting off this beer! Flavor was roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, bit of coffee. Much less fruit in taste. Very sweet, moderate bitterness. Very alcoholic. Thick and cream on tongue despite booziness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Super sweet and super strong.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Sweet fuck, save me! This beer was overwhelmingly, irrepressibly, unmercifully strong. Heaviest motor oil pour with a glowering look. This beer wants to be the dark bread that Conan eats for sustenance on a long ride. Vastly sweet figgy pudding nose, with sharp booze unfurling. Thick, oily mouthfeel, one that I felt was on the verge of congealing into actual pudding at times. Licorice, shoe leather, molasses, and straight booze. Points for evolving beyond shame into this beast.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
A big beer which revels in its bigness. LCBO acquisition, who promptly gave a lab evaluation of only 14.5% abv - whatever, it is only to be supped. Big chocolate and roasted malt, and heavy anise finish. Black and bubbly head is attractive. Booze in the finish. Its hidden but its instantly apparent. Sweet stout bias. Above average mouthfeel.


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