bunget (620) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Pitch black body, small chocolate head with good retention, but not a lot of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, licorice, dried fruits, vanilla. Taste of cough syrup, roasted malt, coffee, licorice, alcohol, figs, vinegar. Sticky and oily. A heavy bomb.
Boutip (5079) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of deep caramelized sugar notes with light dried fruit and alcohol ester. Taste is also dominated by caramelized sugar with overly sweet notes and some alcohol warming notes. Body is quite full with motor oil consistency and alcohol is indeed a bit too straightforward. Too sweet with too much alcohol being perceptible.
Braudog (5978) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with the color and dexterity of a slight flat soda, super-dark mahogany, with an initial fizzle that fades relatively quickly. The aroma exercises the olfactory senses to the maximum extent -- rich with varnish, dark fruit and cooked sugar. The first sip of this is daunting and intimidating -- super rich and clearly high gravity. The alcohol is downright burning. There’s a stark blend of molasses, pomegranate, musty old red grapes ... Definitely not for the faint of heart, and not the best choice for a hot afternoon. Better suited for a winter fireside and some acidic, hard cheese. (#5043, 5/30/2013)
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, deep black color, with a pillowy tan head, nice strong alcoholic cereal maltiness nose, with some muesli cereal, granola bar, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate cake, chocolate praline, chocolate soft oat cookie accents, with some coffee, molasses, nestle quick chocolate syrup, chocolate bran muffin notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a strong syrupy, warmth, soft chocolate cookie dough, roasted, toasted, black, wheat, caramel, chocolate, pale cerealic maltiness character, with some dark bitter chocolate, bran chocolate muffin, coffeeish, burnt molasses, chocolate syrup, burnt fruitcake flavours, leading towards a warming molasses, chocolatey, coffee, sweet grainy roasted, black malty, roasty subtle lingering hop bitterness finish.
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t know man, I am a huge fan of this brewer but the raising of the abv and just producing another thicker and syrupier malt bomb version each year is getting kind of old. Thin head of brown bubbles with moderate retention. Loads of dark malts, sweet molasses, sea water and caramel. Color is a very dark brown. Hot flavor and mouthfeel that warms, no burns as it goes down. Pretty serious contender as a replacement for Nyquil. Loads of syrupy sweet malts, dark roasted grains and molasses. Hopefully this will kick my ass and allow me to sleep for more than 4 hours post a 3+ week business trip to India. Don’t recommend it to anyone. Especially in May! Hotter than hell there, just like this beer. Finishes sweet and malty and is kind of flat in the mouth. Not surprising! As I said before, this line is getting "older" each year!
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a perfect pint. This is the 11.8% version made for Ohio and other states with equally asinine laws.
4.0 A: Dark brown/black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good for the ABV, especially the last half finger that sticks around for quite some time. A short ring of lacing is left.
5.0 S: This smells wonderful! Deep, deep flavors with a richness that you can only get from a beer jammed packed with malt. Supple roastiness, tons and tons of chocolate, molasses, generic dark fruitiness, caramel, coffee, and toffee. Quite potent, but all the aromas join together seemlessly to make a great experience for the nose. Earthy hop notes with some citrus underneath. Booze is well hidden. Can’t say enough about this nose. Just great.
4.5 T: The complexity and depth of flavor is also found in the taste. While the nose smelled more or less like an imperial stout, the taste incorporates more old ale flavors. Moderate supple roast, lots of caramel, raisin, tobacco, toffee, plum, and molasses. Sweet, but not overly sweet with a light sugary component. Hops are secondary to the malts, which is great since I can’t picture this any other way. Earthy, citrusy, and a bit spicy. A bit boozy, but not bad.
4.5. M: Heavy body. Thick, creamy mouthfeel without being too syruppy or chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Light warming on finish.
4.0 D: Great brew. No complaints. Easily the best Jewbelation yet.
EDIT: I recently had the 16% version and it doesn’t compare to the 11.8% version. The 16% has a formitable booziness that covers up a lot of the great flavors found in the lighter version. I’d give the 16% version a 3.2 score overall.
Serving type: bottle
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color - one would think it was an imperial stout given the look. The head is a one finger mocha shade. I’m really impressed how well it retains itself for 16%, too. Not much lacing, as expected.
S: There is a lot of chocolate, licorice, and plum qualities exhibited on the nose. In general it’s a fruity aroma, perhaps a bit weak (due to the fact I served it relatively cold) yet not remotely boozy.
T: The initial flavor is very plummy. Strong dark fruits and chocolate go into the midtaste, and it finishes with a bit of spicy hoppiness and booze. I’m amazed how boozy this isn’t - blindfold me and I’d swear it was around the 9-10% range. Rather, it’s the sweetness that becomes a problem. After 10 oz. this one got too cloying for me.
M: It isn’t as thick as one would expect, but it certainly lingers on the palate in sweet, syrupy fashion. While I can complain about all the sweetness, I can NOT complain about the prevalence of alcohol; the person I was drinking it with claimed he could honest-to-god chug it.
O: Sure, it gets too cloying after half a bottle. Sure, it’s devoid of sophistication, refinement, and elegance. But when you consider that this is an extreme beer that’s drinkable, non-boozy, AND inexpensive (for what it is), all those problems kind of fly out the window. I wouldn’t have regretted buying a second bottle of this to age for a year of two, either. This one is best shared with 2-3 people.
rejtable (1685) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours super dark brown with no head after seconds and no lacing. Nose is espresso and molasses. Notes of dates, molasses espresso. Tastes are very heavy sweet and medium bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Body is oily and sticky.
JaBier (5315) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Chocolate malt nose with notes of raisin and booze. Malty and chocolatey flavor with roast and dankness before a roasty finish.
AdamsBeer (12) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
heavy duty beer best consumed as an aperitif. heavy flavours of dark fruit especially fig and prune. goes down thick with coffee and molasses as the stand out flavours and almost ends up tasting like licorice all sorts.
-- "another notch in the bar post."