wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from kmweaver shared with WeeHeavy and Cyn. Thanks Ken for the bottle and Jon for inviting me over. Black color. Low carbonation. Lots of ethanol in the nose. Some malt in the nose too. Taste is sweet. Surprizingly easy to drink despite the alcohol presence. I’ve heard people say this will age excellently, but I can’t help but wonder if it became drier and possibly a little sour from aging it wouldn’t be that good.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Wetherel, John brought this over tonight for the night of 1700, and i saw the cap and I was said, is that 13? and he said yes, and I said, sweet. Onto the beer, poured black with a nice brown head. Nose is sweet very rich very malty and no heat. Taste is savorily sweet and rich and with a lot of big coffee, big malt big big malt and a wonderful backbone, I get a bit of heat on the throat but its nice. This is a big bold beer with lots of character and lots of restraint despite 13%.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 I like Weyerbacher, but haven’t been crazy about many of the Anniversary ales. This is a notable exception, as I really enjoyed this. Black with a dark tan head that fades away entirely, almost oily in its look. Aroma is intensely of almost burnt espresso roast coffee, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of Spanish brandy. The flavor is a match, although the dark fruits come through far stronger in the mouth, perhaps an attribute of the Belgian yeast. Fruitiness melds with the espresso notes quite nicely. A touch of chocolate emerges as well. Boozy, but not hot. Very well done, should age like a champion. Need to pick up a couple to set aside. 3/20/20 - Forget that aging like a champ thing. At this point, it is a nice Belgian style stout, but some of the complexities have died down considerably, and the boozy nature is more apparent. Too bad.
3fourths (7515) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. I’ve been dreading this one... had it in the fridge for the last two weeks but couldn’t bring myself to drink it, even when I’ve been feeling more like an imperial stout lately, I went for a can of Ten FIDY first... so finally the day came, we popped it, poured it, smelled it, drank it, and honestly, it’s not that bad. Over 13% alcohol and it’s noticeable but it’s not swimming in booze like I expected. Rich, deep black body with a brown head, quickly fading... Nose of heavy smoke and roasted malts, coarse char everywhere, but with a touch of brandy and sherry and fermented dark fruits... flavor is heavy with charred wood and cocoa, with a hotness developing in a sticky, sweet, boozy finish, but it’s more liqueur-like and less-disgusting than many of these extreme alcohol stouts tend to be. Rich, warming charred malts, smoked wood, and syrupy chocolate. I don’t really get any of the Belgian qualities, to be honest, but overall it’s not that bad.
Juancho (239) - Clearwater Beach, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - imperial pint glass.... this is another winner from the folks at Weyerbacher. I don’t know that I buy the imperial stout moniker.... it’s more like a sextuppel... reminiscent of the Alpha Kong, though more refined (barely). Huge flavors of banana, cloves, figs, nice hops, and otherwordly toastyness.....followed by a wallop of alcohol.... a real unique one.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber->Snifter: pours a spare, rocky,light-brown head atop a muddy, black body. Malt smells of molasses, caramel, toffee, and caramel and the hops of perfume. The yeast is musty. The body is full, the texture is oily and creamy with a chalky finish. The flavor’s duration is long and is moderately sweet.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If someone didn’t like an Impy, this is the beer that I would turn them on to. Aroma of deep dark cocoa with unripened berries or rhubarb and a roastiness that is not profound but definitely present. Super mouthfeel, super thick, leaving a beautifully luxurious malt like hue after the swallow. The taste is more of the same and what stands out is the amazing balance of complexity and sweetness that remains throughout the 22 oz pour. Awesome beer, and an intriguing prospect for aging as well.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours balck with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is the same as aroma but more prominent. Full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and warm but smooth alcohol. Very good.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark pour, pillowy head and lacing which tells the tale of sips gone by. A wonderful roasted aroma with a little spice to tickle the nose. Huge chocolatey base with dark roast and a superbly complimenting vinous presence. A slight alcohol burn only enhanced the experience. This beer was delicious. Everyone should seek one!
bigrond (1408) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours like ink, makes the room darker. Full flavored deep dark stout. The abv packs a punch - I could sip this all night....till I fall of my chair anyway.