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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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If you have never called a lager “ferocious” then you haven’t tried Massacre. We start with an imperial dark lager and age it in heavy-toast Kentucky bourbon barrels until it’s ready to package, at which point we dip each precious bottle in red wax to seal in the deliciousness. Very limited production, sold only in October. Make sure to get yours while it lasts.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (730) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours a very dark dark brown color with dark tan nice head. A solid bourbon aroma with a touch of chocolate. A big creamy feel. Actually quite smooth for the strength. A chocolate background with a decent bourbon flavor. The very last flavor is a little wheaty with lager qualities. It’s interesting. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisin, light toasted coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some significant red highlights. It has a one finger beige head that eventually fades to a thick soapy film. There is some drippy soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with touches of cocoa powder and light caramel. There is a touch of molasses and raisin in the middle. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, faint oak, and a hint of roasted malt. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a touch of stickiness in the mouthfeel. Overall, I’d say flavor-wise it’s kind of an Imperial Stout/Doppelbock hybrid aged in bourbon barrels. It sounds like previous year’s batches were a little boozy and hot. This batch from 2014 isn’t. I really dig it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (2307) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Similar in presentation to an imperial stout but lighter in body and flavor than the abv suggests. Barrels show themselves nicely but otherwise just ok. Slightly sweet malty lager with hints of vanilla and booze."

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Sharp, plenty of heat, astringent, lacks depth. A mediocre barleywine (though it's a lager somehow?). Strange; pass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
(12oz bottle) clear amber, little to no head. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, corn. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Light body, long linger.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Mittenator. Dark amber. Heavy wood aroma and flavor with some bourbon vanilla notes. Pretty hot.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle from my man tneumann. Thanks man! Crush with my Best Man The Dude. Pours a dark brown with a very small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of bourbon, dark sugars, raisins, plums, brown sugar and vanilla notes. Flavor is quite sweet, with lots of booze notes. Medium bodied, finishes with dark sugar and caramel notes. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle crushed with Honkeybra. Had to cut the wax top off with a chainsaw basically. Pours brown with red hints coming through when held up to the light. Not much of a head. Aroma of sherry oxidation, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, malt sweetness. Sweet flavor, with layers of oak, bourbon sweetness, and oxidation. Probably much better fresh, but this is a bit old. Bummer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1305) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber. Bourbon, rum and wood aromas and flavors. A bit hot and spicy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1896) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle: Deep, deep brown & black body with a fine layer of khaki foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is very barleywine-ish with prominent notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon-y oak, & a splatter of chocolate in the back-end. Similar with the taste, even heavier bourbon barrel presence, perhaps because the base beer is rather light. Big time wood, pungent bourbon, sticky toffee, vanilla, cocoa powder, & some caramel. Hard to discern any lager qualities from this. Tastes more like a barleywine than anything, with quite a large barrel presence. Pretty nice, but my 4 oz sample was perfect - anymore may get palate fatiguing.


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