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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: A messy big stout with too much soy sauce. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz, probably fresh, shared pre-HF FoFA 2013 tasting.
The look: Black body topped by a long-lasting small can head.
In long: The “off” nose has tar, dark stuff, light bourbon notes and fusel that all combined to create some kind of shoe polish sensation. Weird. Mouthfeel is slimy with carbonation on the low side. Taste is big blackened malts, tar, too much soy sauce, molasses, bourbon notes (but I don’t even think it is bourbon barrel aged), roast, a weird herbal spiciness. A bit of a mess here, maybe a bad bottle or a bad batch. Serving this beer in a tasting as mean as giving a yoyo for birthday gift to a midget.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
2011 vintage. Bottle # 48 (I hear out of 83). Dark brown pour with an off white head. Body somewhat on the thinner side with the alcohol content hidden. Chocolate, lighter roatiness, some dark fruits, and some cocoa.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Unsure if it is infected or not but a tart and fruity beer with some booze notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4458) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Nice spice and tang in taste here. Pours black with some creamy head and average carbonation. Aroma has booze, chocolate and nut. Sweet and bitter taste but mostly bitter. On tap at Hopcat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours black in color with a tan head. Heavy on the roasted malt and cocoa notes. Some licorice, toffee, and dark fruit sweetness. A bit of coffee, mild oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet from the toffee and dark fruit characteristics. Coffee, roasted malt, a bit of char, and some dark chocolate. Light booziness, mild vanilla, and some oak notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2012 bomber, noted as "aged in bourbon oak barrels". Poured deep brown with a short cap of dark tan head.. settled down fairly quickly. The aroma picked up slightly funky (think cherry dust and a kiss of fruity Brett) maple and molasses notes with accents of vanilla plus sweet and metallic bourbon.. warm, toasted, almost brandied sugars on the back of the nose.. this grew on me. The flavor found tart bourbon and oak throughout.. mostly maple sweetness on the middle.. dry, fruity brandy and some bitter roast on the finish.. almost a kiss of Brett in the end.. weird, but aiight. Medium-plus bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. slick at times.. overall a good feel and flow save for a little more sourness than I wanted.

1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
fletchfighters (1133) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2012
thanks to jonno79 Infected bottle #11. Lots of sour cherry notes to this bottle. In nose, in taste, and mouth. Still good though. Dark brown to chocolate appearance. Small light brown head. Sour cherry nose with chocolate and coffee. Carries to nose and mouth feel. Bummer as rest of beer is good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle at James’s place. Pours a deep black with a thin tanned head. Sweet dark fruit and chocolate. Spicy chocolate, roast, caramel, toast. Medium bodied, light booze note comes through. Lingering chocolate and warm booze.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8896) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Bottle. Pours black with bubbly tan head. Nose and taste of mostly black licorice, lightly sweetened chocolate and light smoked black malt. Some booziness in the finish. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Courtesy of Toby, thanks man! Pours a nice deep darkness with thin mocha head. The aroma has bold dark fruity esters (blueberry and concord grape jam) and then it gets more like chocolate, malt balls, a bit of roasted malts and some dustiness around the edges. The taste is full with rich chocolate goodness, a modest level of burnt malts and a thick background of sweetness. It gets a bit boozy into the finish. Tasty brew indeed.


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