ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a brown-orange hued black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is soy sauce, teriyaki and molasses. Flavor is chocolate, coffee. Finish is smokey, umami, salty. Lingering teriyaki sauce and booze. Medium to full body, weak to average carbonation.
czar (7707) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours unclear dark brown, red tint, with a small light beige cap offering minimal retention and lacing. lots of fragrant burnt caramel, tons of raisins, dates, madeira, bovril *TM, perfumey booze, cloying sweetness - molasses and grape juice. moderately low carbonation, medium to full body; sweet and boozy spicy finish. very unbalanced and miscellaneous.
patricks110 (2417) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 or 4 year aged bottle. Pours a dark burgundian brown with no head but for a few beige bubbles. The nose is like boozy molasses with pine and grapefruit. A full body with a overly rich flavour, toffee, caramel and molasses with a candied like flavour. Grapefruit and pine hops are present without any bitterness. The finish is hot with alcohol and very. I’m surprised this is drinkable.
radagast83 (7300) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared a bottle with some friends. Poured extremely dark, nearly stark black color with some light cola notes on the edges. Aroma was lots of dark caramel, dried raisins, boozy grains. Light vanilla, rum, rum raisin. Flavor has very similar notes, lots of hot caramel notes, raisins, plums, with candi notes. Alcohol is really burning hot in this one, despite some age on it. After having this one and 17, it’s nice to see they’re dialing back on these malt,booze bombs.
Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Trying to take this on all by myself which should be a tough task. Poured into my tulip a very slick black with a dark sandy head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, and bitter coffee and makes me think that this is gonna barleywine ish. Flavor has immediate alcohol burn. The 16% isn’t remotely hidden and is front and center. I get a ton of burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, unpleasant astringency. This isn’t working for me at all and it gets worse as it warms.
BuckeyeBoy (5962) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours out black topped a small ring of a head. Nose is sweet malts rich chocolate some burnt caramel. Taste is more of the sweet malts some roast.
Frothmeister (726) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. In the cellar since 2012. Alright he we go. Buckle up. Pours black with a thin dark mocha coloured head. On the nose, it smells glorious. Cocoa, raisin, dark rum, light cherry cola, alcohol, sponge toffee, caramel...basically anything that contains concentrated sugars, however it smells HUGE, and awfully delicious. And guess what? It’s sweet. Very sweet, and palate coating with some booziness right out of the gates, dark rum notes, kirsch, dates, molasses, and black licorice that leads into light ash and dark chocolate that are basicially just added to the same profile from the beginning with a light woody note in the mild bitter finish. The flavour profile is great, but this is just too damn sweet. I’ve had five sips, and my brain is already glassy. 650ml’s of this would put me on the floor, and destroy any hope of going to work tomorrow. A beast, but too much of a beast.
Homer321 (4207) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gross bottle of diabetes. Thanks. I guess. Lots of sugar in the nose. Teriyaki. Just straight licorice and boost. Stop. Just. Stop.
MisoW (3201) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my Secret Summer Santa 2015, robinvboyer, thank you very much. Pours dark brown color, dark beige head. Aroma of coffee, raisins, dark chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, coffee, dark berries, plums, vanilla, warming alcohol, tobacco, cherry, wine. Really full of different tastes. Nice coffee finish, bit hoppy.
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste is big bourbon and vanilla. Strong.