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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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3.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
(Bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a spare beige head. Aroma of bread, toffee, ashes, and dark fruits. Flavor of toffee, caramel malt, bread, molasses, and charred.

3.6
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08 (2007 version): The beer is a murky dark brown color with a thin and foamy light beige head that diminishes quickly. Thin rings of lacing. Interesting aroma of resiny hops and sweet spices, plus some caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of caramel, anise, earthy malt and chocolate. The finish is moderately spiced with a mild alcohol and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.5
crossovert (12911) - 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.

3.9
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 12oz bottle acquired in trade with SuIIy (thanks!). Poured a deep and murky brown with almost no head at all. Lots of floaters. Aromas of spices (duh), soy sauce, toasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar. I swear I’m also getting bourbon and wood - almost to the point that if you gave this to me, I’d guess it was a bourbon, barreled aged beer. Tastes of alcohol, lots of spices (ginger, coriander, and lots more), wood, caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruitiness. Flat body (with the pour and flat body, I wonder if this is the way it is supposed to be). Very different and Eccentric sums it up very well. Definitely stands out against the recent spiced/herb/vegetable beers I’ve been going through. 8 3 7 2 15 </br>Re-tasted 2004 vintage on 5/20/08. Increased numbers.

3.9
Sammy (12197) - 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.

3.4
mR_fr0g (12067) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this one, 2008. Dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a small tan head. Aroma is black pepper, brown malts, cinnamon and Worcester sauce. Flavour is sweet, cinammon, spicy little black pepper, brown bread, some jammy fruits in the finish. Palate is thick and sticky, sugar, moderate to low carbonation. Decent.

3.9
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2004
Bottled: Murky amber coloured. Beige lasting head. Chocolate, spices, hops and flowers in the aroma. Resinous, hoppy and light medicinal flaovur. Has a nice mouthfeel. Has a distinct lasting bitterness in the and. Thanks Raindog for the trade.

3.8
j12601 (11706) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
Bottle from alexdad in the mystery swap. Bottle is from batch 8877. Pours a rich brown with a medium sized creamy mocha head that. Light hints of smoke, maple, toast and toffee, root beer. Medium bodied and super sweet. Tons of syrup, sweet fruit, root beer, dark roasty flavors. A big pile of flavors going on here. Really interesting. Finishes with more sweet toast and dark fruit, root beer, roast, and a big warming alcohol note that hits quickly but then vanishes into subtle chocolate and vanilla.

3.9
deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled the 2008 version at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a yellow brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had lots of roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of underlying sweet spice. Flavor was sweet with a bit of caramel then growing roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of chocolate and spice.

4.2
shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle (2008). Chocolate rock candy malt, juniper, birch and light honey aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt and mildly bitter juniper dominate initially but finishes with a nice honey and light birch beer flavor. Light licorice aftertaste. Aged very well - as complex as the best imperial stouts and more enjoyable.


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