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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate licorice and coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
It pours a oily black color with small head, brown, a bit fizzy, disappearing quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, and quite evident alcohol.
It’s full bodied, the mouthfeel is round, with the malt of a barley wine, roasted malts, strong flavor of dark chocolate too; in the final there is some liquorice, salt, and quite strong alcohol feeling (but somehow acceptable knowing the real ABV); strong bitterness; salty dark chocolate in the final too.
Excessive, inelegant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (14029) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Almost black in color, at worst very dark brown. A very tall brown head. Big roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit aromas. Some dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, and molasses. A bit acidic in terms of the flavor and somewhat boozy. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Some molasses, caramel, and licorice. Some okay flavor, but too heavy on the booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12945) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11780) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa and deep roasted oats. Full body. Sweet as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, dark chocolate and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, plum, raisin and molasses with a smooth lingering molasses finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11583) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, beautiful dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, woody notes and licorice. Wow! In mouth, a smooth licorice laden vinous malt with plums, bitter herbs, ricolla, tons of alcohol, yet balanced. On tap at Datz, Dec. 9 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Big malty aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins, caramel and booze. The taste is chocolate, toffee, booze, a decent amount of smoke and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied and fairly hot. Nice, but these anniversary beers are getting kinda boring. What’s next, 17 MALTS! OHMIGOD!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11047) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, bubbly tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, nutty, and cookie malt, light spicy and peppery alcohol, earthy, citrus, and herbal hops with dates, figs, prunes, and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt, candied dark fruits, light hops and medium-light bitterness, peppers, spicy alcohol, and a sweet, lingering finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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