RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
11th Anniversary Ale.<br />A blend of imperial stout, imperial brown, porter and imperial red ales, all aged in new American oak, bourbon and brandy barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (288) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Thanks to Sick_boy282 for buying this bottle for us to share while at Hamilton’s! Pours a dark brown color with no cloudiness. Head is small and very light in color. Very nice looking beer! The first sip was very raison like, however, that changed with each subsequent taste of the beer. The beer opened up to be very oakey, smooth and balanced. Very light, refreshing and enjoyable given the usual richness associated with this style. I was definitely impressed and sad when my glass was empty!!!

tderoeck (10617) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2016
18/XI/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Seb’s Farewell Tasting (Eugene’s place) - BB: n/A, bottled: XI/1/07 (2016-1316) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark purple to brown beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very oxidized, caramel, lots of vanilla, some milk chocolate, sweet. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: soft acidity, lots of alcohol, sweet malts, caramel, sugary, chocolate, lots of vanilla, lovely stuff. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, alcohol, chocolate, soft roast, lots and lots of vanilla. What a beer!

77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2016
Thank you Benazi. Bomber @ Sebletitje’s Farewell Tasting. Black with barely any bubbles. Oxidation is huge in the nose, leaves, plastic, huge oxidation, nail polish with harsh booze, plastic, barrel, there is some bourbon but it is far too oxidized. Taste has touch less oxidation but it is still huge, massively oxidized, plastic, cellar, low bourbon, plastic, oxidized plastic malts, booze is extreme, varnish & nail polish qualities, sugar, oxidized malts sugar. Plastic & harsh nail polish body. This was clearly an awesome beer at some point but oxidation is far too big for me at this point. Bottle says 01 Nov. 2007. This is 9 years old by this point.

Benzai (16923) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle [from trade with Madmitch76] shared @ Sebletitje’s Farewell tasting. Red-brown color, small to average sized off-white head. Aroma ’is’ a bit old (no surprise given it was brewed 9 or 10 years ago), but still quite nice. Taste malts, caramel, bourbon and brandy still there. Still nice, but clearly past its prime.

ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle shared @ Sebletitje’s Farewell tasting, shared by Benzai thanks! Light sour, malts, bourbon, vanilla, still pretty darn good.

BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Faint smell of malt. Taste is malty with a heavy alcohol presence. Wasn’t a fan of this one.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from SJ. This was so damn complex, but so good. Amazing notes of vanilla, dark malts, dark fruits, some dark and rich chocolates, and to make it better, OAK! Awesome.

craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2014
The one I was missing; huge thanks to Grant! Tepid brown pour. Lovely oxidized character of sherry and oaken dryness mix with captivating honeycomb, molasses, and creme caramel aspects. Nougat and almond abound as well. Definitely showing its age and a bit past its prime, but still absolutely lovely, and were I by a fireplace in January in New England there wouldn’t be much better.

alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by ??? at RBWG 2011 alongside other versions, Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, wood, molasses, some alcohol heat, I thought this was tasty, but would like another shot at it because of the palate fatigue.

BelgianBeerGal (4249) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Traded bottle. Actually carried this to WV for birthday celebration but ended up drinking it at home. This reminds me of a caramely barley wine with some vanilla but it is starting to thin. If you have this, drink it now.

Frydaddy (24) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
I figured this had aged long enough! I’m not sure what should have showed up or not...but here goes. The blends I thought were perfect. Some below made the comment of Marshmallow flavor. I’d have to agree. It was silky smooth and almost zero alcohol taste or mouthfeel. Zero oxidation and was bottle perfectly. I can see why this beer has received such a high marking! If you happen to have a bottle, I’d drink it now as the beer might start to change in the other direction.

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