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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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Batch 2003:Wow this is different.I've been looking for this one for a couple years,finally landed it. Thanks Clark! Very murky,swampy, red/brown with a small ring of head. Very exotic aroma. Aroma is extremely malty and spicy. Lots of chewy malt,coriander,tobacco,chocolate,and a strange roasty presence. Mouthfeel is viscious,but smooth at the same time.Texture is thick.Malty,spicy,juicy-hop flavors.Lots of graham/breadiness.All sorts of things I don't uderstand in this beer.Finish has some pepper,hops,and malt/roastiness.Been sipping on it,for a hour,and it tastes the best now.WOW!Crazy,I love this beer.I imagine this beer would be a standout to age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Courtesy of Hoppymeal, thanks Derek! Vintage 2005 bottle. Pours an hazy ruby dark brown color with a small offwhite fizzy head that reduces to small ring. Nose is rich of caramel, candy sugar, dark fruits, alcohol, and mixes of spices. Initial taste is whooo....super sweet caramel, toffee and rich candy sugariness. Syrupy texture pours off the mouth. Mid palate is a sweet spice, dark fruits and liquorish. Finishing mildly hopped and dry chalky warming finish. Medium body, average palate duration. Leaves supersticky mouth and lips. Tastes like an aged barley wine. Definitely interesting brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Duane shared this 2004 bottle. Dark brown pour with lots of big floaties and a small tan head. Caramel and spice in the aroma. Lots of flavor to this one. Chocolate, spices, caramel, didnít taste much hops at all, but that could be because this is a 2 year old bottle. Awesome creamy mouthfeel can probably also be partially attributed to that. Good stuff!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
Well this rating is not in the slightest indicative of the potential this beer offers. Sadly it was too young and harsh to be given its full due. A bowl-me-over candy-cane sweet aroma hit me as soon as the cap came off. Very barley-wine like with lots of alcohol and warmth and evident complexity of sweet and bitter and bread and citrus. But it was just too much alcohol in the taste and in the finish for me at this point.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (518) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Rated in 2016. APPEARANCE- burgundy red color. No apparent carbonation remaining. NOSE- sweet! Cherries. FLAVOR- very sweet, deep & flavorful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
From a 2009 bottle. Dark rich looking beer did not fill up my pint glass for some odd reason. I got very rich dark fruits. Very drinkable was suprised to see 11% when I went to rate this one.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2004. Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a thin, brown head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma has more going on than could possibly be listed. But spice, brown sugar, creme, and caramel dominate. I am a big fan of Fritz Maytag and the spiced Our Special Ale, but this blows every vintage of that away. The fat sweetness of the malt foundation is perfect for all of the spicing, alcohol, and hops within. Superb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2006
2002 bottle. Pours like thin old honey. all carbonation has been visably lost, leaving only a viscous chestnut brown liquide stitting errily still in my glass. Huge carmel, malt, and herbal hops in the nose along with something else but it drowned out by the big barlywine like nose. Much is the same in the mouth. Big thick mouthfeel, dates, prunes, ,brown sugar, a little alcohol, and raisons. Finishes with honey, a lingering green bitterness, and a decent puff of alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Deep dark hazy brown. Lots of sediment. No head at all, and very little bubbles. Nose is somewhat suble compared to the tase, but there is some caramel, cinnamon, and yeast present. Flavor is very wonderful. A cornecopia of flavors. Lots of biscuity malt and earthy yeast provide the backbone. Anise, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, clove, pine, and molasses are just some of the flavor motifs. Meduim thick bodied with a nice coating feeling as it goes down the throat. Alcohol is well masked, but does leave a warm feeling in the belly. A perfect winter brew. Drink it at room temp.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Strong aroma with a dark, dirty pour, huge alcohol taste and a complex, changing mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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