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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.

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3.9
kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 This is the 2005 version. Have 2006-2009 to do next, but only seems to be one option here. Has a mint, chocoate. and fruity aroma. Taste pretty much nails all of those aromas, complex and tasty. Looking forward to the next ones! 3/16/2015 - rating the 2008 vintage. Black pour at home. No head. Smells like black licorice, syrup, cocoa. Spiced, vanilla, cocoa, plum, and exotic. Just a huge beer in general

3.9
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 2013 bottle thanks to northernbrews. Dark reddish-brown pour with a 1 finger head that fades to a nice thick ring. Interesting aroma that’s diverse and constantly changing. At different points I get sweet potato, cinnamon, cocoa, anise, juniper berries, bark, vanilla, raisins, caramel, nutmeg, and maple. Tastes brings out a lot of the same flavors. It’s not my favorite kinda beer but I love the fact that each sip seems to bring out something different. So many flavors with nothing dominating. Very light sweetness with a pretty dry finish. Very cool, unique beer. Haven’t had anything like it before. Re-rate 2003 and 2009 bottles on 3/14/15. 2003 was heavily oxidized but still decent. Lots of sherry notes and spices. The 2009 was much better but still not as good as the fresher 2013 one I had. 2009 had a nice maple syrup aroma and flavor come through. Leaving the rate the same since I don’t think this beer is meant to be aged very long.

3.7
JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Draft pour at the source. Pours a dark amber color with a beige head of foam. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma has spices coming through like cinnamon and a bit of pepper. The taste is mostly spice with some bitterness rounding it out. Big body and moderate carbonation.

3.5
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
2009 vintage. 355ml bottle. Darker beer, spice notes, gentle oxidation surprisingly. This was fridge aged for awhile. Kinda tasty. Would have loved to try it fresh.

3.8
svandyke (237) - USA - NOV 18, 2014
12 oz bottle- 2010 Pours a midnight black with very little head (4 years after bottling). Pretty boozy, but can smell bourbon notes. Taste offers the real deal of maple syrup and lots of chocolate and hops. Very good and well aged.

2.2
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Had the 2012 version with pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spices, honey and maple syrup. Aroma was a splurge of smells, but the taste had too much going on for me....really sweet, but had a unsatisfying finish due to the malt.

3.7
RussianDragon (578) - - JUL 9, 2014
12 oz bottle is 2008 vintage. Pours a translucent dark brown with thinnish beige edge head. Aroma is complex and spicy: juniper berries upfront, along with malt and hop notes. Flavor is floral and complex: pine resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and other vague complexities. Light to medium bodied, moderately low carbonation. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting).

3.4
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2008 vintage. Pours dark brown to black with a thinner beige ring of head that leaves some soapy lace. Nose is syrupy sweet and spicy, savory like teriyaki sauce, with notes of dark fruit, anise, sea salt, light hickory smoke, and floral notes. Very sweet, somewhat bitter, lightly tart. Oily, viscous, syrupy, big bodied, low carb (almost flat), with a long minty earthy and floral finish. Positively strange, and a struggle to get through, but nonetheless enjoyable to experience.

3.4
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
Notes from 12/18/2013: A - 4 - my default rating for beer’s appearance if it was drank out of the bottle. Aroma - 7 - pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, like a thanksgiving meal in a bottle. T - 6 - very boozy, pumpkin, brown sugar, not all that great. M - 3 - alcohol is very present in this one, a little too much. The beer itself is pretty flat. Aftertaste is pumpkin, booze, and sweet potatoes. O - 14 - It’s not all that great. I’d definitely encourage anyone thinking of trying it to go for another Bell’s beer.

3.4
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2012 vintage. Pours muddy brown with no head. Aroma is sweet potatoes with maple syrup. Taste is the same. Heavy, sense earthy flavor from the squash and potato. Thick and syrupy. Really sweet and slight cinnamon, pumpkin pie taste. Not awful, not my favorite.


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