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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
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Bottled version clocked in at 18% ABV. Draught version, december 07, was 17%.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Thanks to MIketd for the trade! 18%? Crap! Pours a wierd deep brownish muddled with a fizzy diminishing headd- not very black as expected mostly because of the name but whatever. Aroma is tons of fruity esters, fusel hot alcohols, tons of toffee, caramel and molsasses- with some light chocolate and nutty hints- not stoutish enough though. Tons of solventy alcohol, esters, fruits in the flavor with paint thinnner as it warms- insanely sweet and cloying with brown sugar, toffee, honey and maple syrup- agian just ntoes of chocolate, no roast and not really stout-like. Burning alcohol in the end. Very hot, and kinda messy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Shared by Dickinsonbeer. Almost black in color. Aroma: chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Taste is alot of chocolate, and a ton of malt with a big punch of alcohol midway through the taste right through the finish. This may be good someday, but itís just way too hot right now to enjoy.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle generously shared by iowaherkeye, thanks Joey! Very dark brown color, brownish head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is very boozy, once you get past a big wiff of alcohol you find some bready and roasty aromas; just not very pleasant. Taste is also very boozy, burnt, ashy, and just a little weird to me. High carbonation and light body. Too much focus on alcohol, not enough attention to the beer. More body and less alcohol, then weíll talk; no more alcohol for the sake of alcohol. I have all the confidence in the world that the Kuhnhenn brothers will get this one fixed up and into another one of their masterpieces; itís just not there yet, IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Burns 2007 vintage. Poured an opaque black color with a light brown head. Aroma was chocolatey and vinous with distinct alcohol. Almost like a fat cabernet sauvignon with lots of tannins and some dark chocolate. The assertive carbonation and strong alcohol made for quite an initial burn on the tongue. They also combined to lighten up what I can only assume was a much thicker body underneath. The alcohol flavor overpowered the malt, but I also tasted some raisin, potato, and a little chocolate. I preferred the Road Rash Impy over this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours very black with a trace of a dark brown head. Burnt whiskey aroma, some chocolate. Flavor include dark chocolate, smoked almonds, and a bit of soy sauce. I donít think they made any effort to hide the 18%, but maybe some time could mellow it out a tad. Overall it didnít take much away from the flavors. Iíd like to have a full bottle and at least an hour with this one a year down the road. Thanks for sharing joey.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body was black with a light brown and orange colored head. The aroma was strong coffee with some booze and whiskey. There were also some vineous and oaky notes. The taste was coffee with tobacco and a little bit of ashtray. This was decently carbonated with a boozy finish. Fairly light overall, considering the abv.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle... Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head. Acrid, ashy, charcoal aroma with very light acidity. Full-bodied and abrasive with ticklish carbonation. Sweet, acidic and bitter... great balance when analyzed separately. Dark, semi-sweet chocolate, lemon peel tanginess and alcohol bitterness. Very rough around the edges as none of these essences really meld together. Bitter, tart, astringent finish. A touch of acetaldehyde in both the aroma and flavor, but this one should hold up well and mellow out with time. Until then, itís still a nice experience.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Body is black with brown edges, topped by medium tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, alcohol. Sticky full body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a dark, murky brownish-black color; medium tan head with medium-bubbled lacing. Very boozy, roasted and burnt malts in the aroma; lots of smokiness / charred character. Full mouthfeel: warming alcohol, roasted and charred malts, and dark chocolate upfront; very boozy; very charred character with not a lot of depth, really; very disappointing for the amount of alcohol. Lengthy, dark chocolate and charred malts in the finish; some oiliness and nuts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma is sour with notes of alcohol, port, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Very dark burgundy black hue with a small tan head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is sweet and smokey with an alcohol burn. A sour roasty flavor. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. Alcohol is apparent in every part of this beer. However, at 18% Iím not really complaining. Itís worth a try but Iíd rather they concentrate on the brew and not the ABV next time.


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