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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 504   ABV: 16.8%
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"Score” is an ancient word for 20. 4 score from Gettysburg, plus Psalm 90 and MLK’s “I Have a Dream”. 20 Years of Shmaltz, one helluva Score, officially complete! About the Fugees 1996 hit The Score, Lauryn Hill said, “It’s like a hip hop version of Tommy.” At age 20, Bette Midler who later played the Acid Queen in the 1st stage show of Tommy, debuted on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, originally considered “too Jewish” for mainstream audiences. 20 is the Biblical age of maturity, when Jewish Priests could work in the sacred Temple. 20 years after the naked Starman icon 1st appeared on 2112, Rush released their best that’s-what-he-said lyric in ‘96: “I’ve got a pantheon of animals in a pagan soul / Vishnu & Gaia, Aztec & Maya / Dance around my totem pole.” ’96: the Sex Pistols 20th anniv reunion & the final Ramones tour. Married in ‘96, Jack & Meg claimed they were siblings in the early years of the White Stripes. At 20, Woody Allen wrote scripts for Ed Sullivan & The Tonight Show. The title song for his ‘96 musical Everyone Says I Love You came from a favorite Marx Bros movie. After appearing on The Tonight Show with Groucho Marx & opening for Liberace in Vegas, at 20, Barbra Streisand’s debut album skyrocketed her to stardom. At 20, Dave Chappelle was cast by Mel Brooks as Ahchoo in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. When the crowd grumbles at a black sheriff of Rottingham, Ahchoo quips “It worked in Blazing Saddles.” Inspired by the Blazing Saddles musical score, Here’s to conquering fear & hate & taboos. A torch to light the way! To life… L’Chaim!

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3.8
anders37 (27226) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2017
Bottle @ GABF 2017. Pours a dark brown black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Slightly roasted malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel spicy dark fruit finish.

4.4
colui72 (1115) - HONG KONG - NOV 28, 2017
Pours very dark brown, nearly black, creamy and with a medium tan head that laces excellently. Aroma of sweet malts, booze (pungent) and ripe fruits. More complex taste, on a sweet malts base, with caramel, figs, prunes, dates, vanilla and lots of booze, obviously. A bomb! Full bodied, thick ale, creamy, soft carbonation and long boozy and dry finish. Very enjoyable but... careful with this!

3.4
Jow (4119) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Bottle at home from brother in law for birthday. Very dark brown slightly thick murky pour. Nose is dark fruits and caramel and booze. Tastes of fig, plum, caramel, earth, rootbeer. Hint of booze on finish some lingering fruit. Smooth enough.

3.6
dwyerpg (6432) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 26, 2017
Thus just an indiscriminate strong beer flavor. Nothing that really stands out. Strong but not memorable or really that enjoyable.

4.2
superspak (6078) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/21/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, cocoa, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, herbal, wood, pepper, and tobacco; with lighter notes of dark chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/roasted malts, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Very mild booze in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, cocoa, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, herbal, wood, pepper, and tobacco; with lighter notes of dark chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, cocoa, dark fruits, herbal, wood, pepper, tobacco, light coffee/smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malts, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/hop bitter/sweet balance; with zero cloying, acrid, or astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing though the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a small increasing warmth, with very mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American strong ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malts, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Very rich and complex; never feels out of balance, despite all of the different hop/malt additions. A highly enjoyable offering. Really superb for only being 7 months old at the ABV. Would be interested in cellaring another. Outstanding price for the bomber vs ABV ratio.

3.5
Bif (2361) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and bit boozy. Taste of dark fruit, caramel, and malt. Mild bitterness and a boozy finish. Medium body, smooth with a definite boozy feel. Interesting but a tad boozy.

3.6
onceblind (10690) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2017
Deep dark brown pour with a thin light beige cap. Thin dark nose of plummy boozy malt. The flavor really pops with lots of toasted caramalt and dark Belgian malt combining to make a boozy warm dark malt and plummy flavor that’s a bit one dimentional but pretty large and flavorful.

4.3
wlajwl (7115) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2017
Aroma is caramel, malts and mild vinous/scotch. The flavor is caramel, scotch, malts/dark bread, dark fruit/vinous and a mix of slight tartness and warming alcohol in the finish.

3.2
fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2017
Tasting at Matt’s
Dark color, near black. A lot of alcohol in the aroma, some caramel. Soft and bold mouthfeel, strong alcohol presence, some malt and caramel flavor. Not much going on here, just a lot of sweet booze.

2.8
Dorwart (2610) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Thin light brown head of fine bubbles that recedes rather quickly. Sugary sweetness in the aroma. Lots of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, raisins and a boat load of malts. Color is a very dark brown. Sweet flavor that is pretty one dimensional. Malt, roasted malts, sweet malts and some mashed dates. Body is thinner than expected too. Strong alcohol presence and warming. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Very one dimensional. Not much variety in the flavors or aromas. Would not purchase again.


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