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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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Bottled version clocked in at 18% ABV. Draught version, december 07, was 17%.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1006) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2010 vintage bottle from the 2013 Winter Solstice party. Aroma has a moderate chocolate character with lighter roast and coffee notes. Moderate soy sauce oxidation character. Light alcohol spice. Pours black with a somewhat light mocha head of moderate thickness. The head recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers along with a faint film in the middle. No lacing and medium sized legs. Flavor has a light sweetness with moderate roast notes. Moderately strong dark fruit notes of cherry, berry and grape. Medium to medium light bitterness without any hop flavor. Medium light soy sauce and other oxidation character. Light alcohol spice in the finish with lingering grape, roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall this is not an amazing beer. The oxidation creates a moderately unpleasant character and the berry ester notes are a bit strong. The malt notes have faded as well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2938) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 [Bottle / 2010 / 3+ years old] Thanks, Tim! Deep, deep brown body with a lightly khaki & beige head that fades as quickly as it forms, leaving behind only a small collar. Aroma has light roast, timid soy sauce, a touch of peat-y smoke, some dark currants, a little oxidation, & a hint of moderately sweet cocoa nibs. Lots going on, but relatively relaxed for an 18% ABV beer. The taste indeed hides the alcohol well also; sweet chocolate morsels up front followed by a rush of borderline-tart dark currants & prunes. Some cola notes in the back-end with a touch of cardboard flavor from the oxidation... Luckily it hasnít completely taken over yet. Finish has moderate soy sauce, cocoa dust, very faint coffee beans, & dark currants. Body is thin given the specs, I guess; low carbonation & it works... Oily. Not exactly what I expected. Definitely showing a little bit of age. The 18% ABV is masked quite well, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2459) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2010 bottle, shared by Jason I think. Pours black with a very small ring of head. Aromas are fudge, soy sauce and milk with some light caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet up front with chocolate, lactose, and caramel. Finishes with some soy sauce and light roast. Abv is well hidden. Oily mouthfeel. Has held up pretty well. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1191) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Sample from 2010 bottle. Thanks verticalbaconstrips! Almost black appearance with minimal cap. Aroma of plum, raisin, molasses, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, spices, with a hint of paper. Taste is very sweet, tangy, and a sustaining bitterness. Sticky and dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Nose of chocolate, coffee Taste followed suit but had a nice tartness. Abv well masked, really nice IS

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle: Vintage 2008/2009: Thanks Ken: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black pour. Small brown head/lacing on top of a black colored beer. Aroma is vinous, chocolate, roasted barley malts, liquor, soya, toffee, roast, coal, sugars, tar, raisin, hints of coffee, some liquorice, sweet tones and mocha and a sprinkle of spices. Complex. Flavour is spicy, bitter, chocolate, coffee, toffee, mocha, pepper, sticky, some liquorice, leaves, roast, barley malt roast, hay roast, coal, hint of warmth/alcohol, soya, brown sugars, tar, caramelised coal, alcohol and chocolate drenched herbs and malts and some nuts. Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, nuts, barley malt roast, mocha, chocolate, leaves and some oatmeal. Low carbo, soft light spicy oily mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture. Even after all those years this beer is very good and complex, but also very spicy... Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6506) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
12oz bottle, most of the kuhnhennís iíve had have been very underwhelming .. . pours deep brown .. medium foam .. . lots of chocolate and booze .. . quite sweet .. . one dimensional but good .. . . if you have a deer head hanging up in your house, you probably hate obama.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8604) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Old tick. This one was just a booze bomb and sweet, but didnít phase me too hard.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5005) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from rbsg #29 poured a head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was of black malt. The strong flavor contained notes of mild black malt and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle shared by BenC...thanks Ben! - Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is boozy, with lots of sweet brown sugar, plums and dark fruit. Taste is big and sharp...lots of dark malt, dark fruit, and a long roasty coffee finish. A good deal of sugar and a long sharp finish. Medium bodied and well-carbonated.


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