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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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3.2
Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Sweet beer shared at voodoo. Figgy goodness. Decent drinker. Good in the cold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
b3shine (9257) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle to snifter (2008 vintage; shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a dull black with beige lacing. Smells solid; Dark fruit, spice, and hops. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel that doesn’t drink like 11%. good beer.

4
Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is delicious, very mysterious. Berries, chocolate, maple, brown sugar, fruity alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden in this 11% beer. Very nice.

3.5
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle packaged date 11/23/11 forgot who sent this my way but thanks! Pour has a cola brown color and a thin layer of off white head that fell right away. Aroma has dark malt, licorice, peppery spice, chocolate, menthol, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is medium and there is good carbonation. Flavor has some roasted malt, chocolate, peppery spice, medium light bitterness, dark brown sugar, and dark fruits. There is a lot of strong spicing flavors that just make it so hard to isolate them combined with the hops and thick roasted malt make for something very bold but without direction.

4.4
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2011 Eccentric Ale. Taste the spices and chocolate. Touch of honey. Lots of Malt. Reddish dark with minimal head. Oily yet light. Very strong. Tastes awesome.

3.9
Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
2011 version, with persimmons. Thick mouthfeel of black thick looking rich liquid with some white head. Chocolate and spice aroma. Taste is deep chocolate, spicy all the way through, and an edgy bitter American Strong finish. Good drinkability despite high unnoticed abv. Thanks for hooking me up, Chris.

3.7
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
(2010 bottle) Pours a dark root beer color with a small quickly dissipating head. Smalls of booze, age, and malts and not much else. First sip is chocolate, spice - pine, licorice and then deep bitterness. A nice earthiness comes through thanks to the maple syrup. Quite a unique taste that to me works nicely. Carbonation is spot on making for a great creamy mouthfeel. A very nice brew indeed.

3.4
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper.

3.3
mcberko (19809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is fairly exotically spiced, with mystery spices, some caramel malt and lots of syrup, maybe a bit of molasses too. Flavour is deep and rich, with loads of the various syrup coming through, and lots of the spices coming through which are surprisingly really well incorporated. Finishes lightly spicy and maple syrupy, cloys quite a bit. I’m usually not at all a fan of spiced beers, but this works fairly well as a spicy, big heavy black beer of some kind. Quite enjoyable.

3.8
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
(12oz bottle) cloudy brown, tan bubbles. Nose is rich, light metallic, caramel, honey, raisins. Taste of yams, caramel, rich and sweet, brown sugar, may e too sweet but I like the diabetes effect.


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