fidelis83 (1799) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick and black with a 1 finger, creamy brown head. Aroma has lots of spice, dark fruit, molasses, some roast, chocolate, anise, earthy notes and tons booze. Flavor starts off surprisingly smooth, lots of mild, black licorice, roast, a little chocolate, rye-like earthiness and spice (I would be surprised if this didnít have tones of rye in it), dark roasted nuts, wet leather, sticky, harsh pipe tobacco and a pretty decent amount of spicy grassy and pine. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the flavor, but not what I expected from the 16%ABV, or the super boozy aroma. Palate has a very heavy, oily and chewy body, light, but sharp carbonation and a thinning, dry finish with a little boozy astringency. Not bad overall, might get another bottle just to see if it calms down after a year or two.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
pdx76 (462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at 2014 oscars party - pours pitch black with thick sustaining tan head. Nose is primarily of booze and malt. Taste is very warming blend of booze, malt, figs, and dates. Definite 16% alcohol.
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pdx77 (948) - Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle during the Oscars. Pitch black with creamy deep tan head. Aroma is booze, molasses, dark chocolate, and roasting. Taste is black strap molasses, cocoa, caramel, and dark roasted malt. Very boozy and sweet dark finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2145) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice rown brew with light brown banded head and a nice olde raisin fruit character in alcohol. rich and satisfying without a burn.
Howlader (394) - - FEB 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large format bottle, split with friends. Very good sipping beer, and surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV.
thorongil2 (996) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) clear dark borwn colour with a small brown head; aromas of chocolate with a hint of fruit; rich, sweet complex flavour with a long medium bitter finish, nicely balanced; thick palate
luttonm (2049) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in Seattle. Dark sitting lack, long head. Huce alc and treacle, dark soy, brown sugar. Quite smooth and sweet for what it is. Glad it has settled some. Really not bad, nice even.
Sledutah (4074) - Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle ("California Edition") picked up at Bevmo
Pours black with a small dark tan head and some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, piney and hot alcohols. The taste is sweet caramel, roasted malts, roast coffee, milk chocolate and hot alcohols, bitter finish
This is decent. Iíve had it for about a year and it is still pretty hot and bitter.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A dark brown with a rich brown head. A powerful alcohol, dates, cherry, and spiced aroma. Obviously sweet in flavor but it maintains a good deal of spiced flavor to keep it interesting. It warms the night but seems to almost be too powerful.
Aquitard (25) - - JAN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black no light penetrates finger thick tan head. Aroma is alcohol chocolate and coffee. Flavor is more of the same alcohol upfront followed by deep chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is thick with little carbonation. Overall surprisingly drinkable for the high alcohol but it is there.