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RATINGS: 234   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%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (752) - Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle pours purplish black with almost no head. Aroma dark fruits, roast, molasses, coffee. Flavor mainly just dark fruits and booze, a little soy. Finish a continuation of the flavor with alcohol burn. Palate full and thick, not sticky or syrupy. Alcohol very apparent.

Pretty good but definitely a sipper or one to share with friends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, trade. Pours oily pitch black with a small brown head leaving just a rim of bubbles around the beer. Aroma is heavy of sweet molassis, roasted malts, dark fruits, soy, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is fullbodied sweet, roasted, meaty, soy, fruity, dark fruits and bitter. Finishes bitte meaty roasted and bitter. Maybe a bit too boozy but I think the sweetness mates well with the heavy body and alcohol, very much in my taste,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11063) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 20, 2012
Alkoholischer Beginn, dem die Malznoten nur untergeordnet sind. Brennend, deutliche Vanillenoten. Vergorene Früchte hinter dem Malz, aromatisch, trockene Röstnoten. Stark alkoholisches Bier, das aber dennoch gelungene weiche Aromen hervorbringt. 9/12/9/12/10/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
’10 bottle from Sean - thanks man! Pours predictably black on black with a surprisingly nice dark tan head. Aroma is oxidization, raisin, sweet malt, chocolate, and licorice. The aroma reminds me somewhat of a recently enjoyed Batch 9,000 but even bigger. Taste is massive raisin, plum, sweet malt, oxidization, licorice, and perhaps some chocolate. Huge, over-the-top sweet beer. Mouthfeel is neutral if not a bit light. Definite sipper and a nice one if you enjoy big, dark fruit notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
2008 version All body and no head. Very light maltiness and not getting much on the head. Incredibly drinkable. But surprisingly lacking flavor for the monster it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11232) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle at DSG 2011. black colour with a tan hean head. Aroma is licorice, malt, alcohol, coffee. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2007 vintage. Pours a dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind. Sweet, boozy aroma with with subtle dark fruit accompanying the sweet and roasted dark malts. Huge ethanol/alcohol presence overpowers things a bit too much for my liking hiding the malt character. Underneath all of the booze there are hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, fig and raisin. The malts become more prominent as it warms but the alcohol still dominates the nose. Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with tight carbonation lingering throughout. Lots of sweet, boozy heat but more complex than the aroma suggests. Slight smokey presence with a subtle roasted malt character that counters all of the sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, char and oatmeal provide some nice bitterness as a counterpoint to the booze, chocolate malt and dark fruit notes. This beer has calmed down a bit in four years but there is still a ton of alcohol flavor. Sweet booze overpowers the other flavors but the ABV is relatively well masked. A decent amount of heat in the finish but not harsh and it’s surprisingly easy to drink. It’s definitely still a sipper but I finished the bottle way faster than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, Ulfborg 2011. Dark brown almost black, nice foamy brown head that doesn’t last long. Very roasted malt aroma, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Sweet and roasted malt taste,coffee,caramel and chocolate. A warming light alcoholic burn as you shallow makes you aware of it’s high ABv, but I would have never guessed 18% as it is very well hidden, nice one !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - NOV 20, 2011
12oz (2010) bottle from NobleSquirrel
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruit, rich chocolate, coffee and vanilla
Taste: Full mouthful of roasted malts, rich chocolate, coffee grainy and a hint of hot alcohols
Wow, this is a great beer. Hard to believe it is 18%, very smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG11.

[ Courtesy of Secret Summer Santa & Doodler ]. Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, oxidide, alcohol notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark malt, dark dried berries, raisin, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcohlic. [20110820]

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