SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pitch black pour under a small creamy brown head. aroma is a little boozy with roasty notes and hops. flavors of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, molasses, slight hops. i think this one needs some time in the cellar. the 13% is messing me up. not a fan...yet.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours used motor oil black with a small, dense mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring leaving a trace of lacing on the sides.
The smell is the first indication of how rich this bad boy is. It’s big on sweet chocolate malts and molasses. There is also dark fruits with raisins and figs with a definite alcohol burn in the nostrils.
This thing taste like a big chocolate cake with a splash of coffee liqueur poured on top. Extremely decadent with tons of molasses sweetness, figs and sweet smoky malts with a big alcohol burn in the finish.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied with little carbonation - thick, sticky and a bit syrupy. Again, like a dessert in a glass.
This is definitely a sipper and getting through one 12oz bottle took my quite a while. The big alcohol presence takes away from the drinkability, but this is one big mutha of a beer. Recommended.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. After 12 I wasn’t expecting much but wow is this a great beer. Huge smokey, roasted malt flavor with no notable hop presence and a big alcohol burn to finish. Excellent.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours incredibly deep brown, nearly opaque, capped with a large brown head. Rich roasted chocolate malt aroma, with notes of alcohol, plum, molasses, coffee, and paint thinner. Flavor is big malt, chocolate, and roasted coffee with some notes of yeast, salt, and alcohol. Finish is primarily coffee with some alcohol burn. Viscous, yest silky smooth mouthfeel. This is probably the best offering I’ve ever tried from Weyerbacher, and I suspect it will only get better with age. I hope they give this one the barrel treatment.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. This poured opaque black with a medium sized brown head that retained very well. Awesome, perfect appearance. Aroma: roast, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit, and mild belgian esters and light phenols- although most of the yeast was covered up by the intense malt character. There was also a moderate amount of alcohol in the nose. Taste- very big and intense, alot of roast, chocolate, and molasses sweetness balanced somewhat by hop bitterness. Full bodied, with some yeasty esters (light banana) and phenols. Still a bit hot, but that is to be expected at that ABV. The best Weyerbacher Anniversary beer I’ve had, and this one is going to get alot better.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(USA) Had on tap at Capone’s, Pours black with sm tan head. The aroma is of molasses and licorice and the taste is of chocolate, raisins and coffee. The 13.4 % is well hidden and quite yummy. If you get a chance please try this brew !!!
Funknmilla (668) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle, thanks for sharing NJDevilz69.....very very dark brown+ brown sugar head...light aromas of sweet malt, alcohol, and a subtle roasted malt coming through, but mostly alcohol....silky body----wow! holy alcohol coming through ...the saltiness of the high alcohol...whoosh!!!....a bitter alcohol infused chocolate and a salty bitter toffee...I taste a prune/raisin that quality thats mainly in the finish...I think it needs age as this is a fresh release....must re-rate
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yikes - hard to wrap your head around this one. On tap at Capone’s. Pretty well balanced, you can definitely taste the "Belgian inspiration". Super strong, and you can taste it.
Lots of coffee, chocolate, and a little smoky. I’d like to have a go at this late at night this fall/winter. I like it a lot.
TheEpeeist (3050) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a fading tan head. Even cold, nose is still dramatic; licorice, dried figs, oats and tar. Sticky, full-bodied with a tang. Wow! Weyerbacher’s anniversary brews are always unusual and intense. This take on a Belgian stout is no exception and maybe their best. Taste is raisin, burnt sugar, banana? and dark chocolate turning bitter. At 13.6% the alcohol is certainly present but not really obtrusive except in the finish. Excellent dessert beer; like a chocolate liqueur fudge brownie. Aging potential.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blackish pour with a big tan fizzy head. Aroma is a bit roasty and creamy with some light smoke and coffee. Flavor is surprisingly bright with some fruit (peach to vinous cherry) upfront, dark chocolate. roasty coffee, and Belgian yeast. Thicker mouthfeel. This one has some real aging potential and is the most unique/exciting offering from these guys in awhile. After a disappointing 12th anniversary beer I vowed not to purchase this one by the case l(as I did the last two years), but this seems to redeem them quite a bit. I like the trend Weyerbacher is taking (this, Alpha, Riserva).