BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle and served in yet another Duvel snifter (yeah I have a lot of these): Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with a small head and spotty lace. The aroma has noted of toasted, toffee, charred,and nutty malts along with some Belgian Special B and Aromatic malt. Hint of plum and apricot esters along with grassy, tropical and herbal hops. Some mint, leather, tobacco and sea salt vapours as well... Now this is the "HeBrew character" I was expecting in the past two failed beers. patricks110 (2555) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
The taste is sweet and malty but unlike the awful beers I dump before this, there is some bitterness and acidity to balance out the flavor profile. Nice undertone of mango and plum that is more a component of the malts than some fruit syrup addition, YEAH! There is also a nice rye snap on the finish I am digging along with some dank hop bitterness. The mouth feel is oily and lush with some metallic and boozy finish. This is what I was expecting from the HeBrew line, a big malt forward warming beer that takes no prisoners... guess what... there are no fruit additions in this beer and it works. Take note brewers!
13 pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a bubbly, foamy tan head. Some light spotty lacing disappears quickly off the glass. The nose is alcohol potent with a big nutty, biscuity roasted malt with a nice chocolate note and a bunch of sweetness. My first taste is sweetened in the middle with nuts and molasses rich roasted malts. A mild hop on the finish with a full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. The finish has a warming, pungent alcohol. overall, an okay brew. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Draft. Pours dark brown/black. Smell is figs, brown sugar, rich caramel and some bourbon notes. Taste is big ripe fruit, some spice, caramel and certainly a know booze element. Very good, but behind the 12th in my opinion. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Roughly two years old - poured an almost pitch black color with a tiny tan head. Aroma was still a bit boozy, but had mellowed out quite a bit. Chocolate notes, a ton of roasted malts, dark fruits. Flavor was big on the alcohol - not hot, just very warming. Hops are extremely mellow at this point - wow. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Had this one twice, once in 2009 and once in 2010. Amazingly strong and almost off-putting due to the amount of ingredients. Tasted almost of caramel, chocolate, coffee, etc. extract! When you’re throwing in 13 varieties of hops and malt, there is a limit. However, other than the alcohol burn, this one rode the wave of beer-strength to the edge of the world. The 14 was just rediculous, hence the Vert.
SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: I had previously written a review for this beer and then somehow lost it, but luckily a bottle resurfaced. Therefore, this is a vintage bottle with 2 years of aging in a cooler. Pours a dark jet black liquid with a fizzy short lived head which retreats leaving behind a thin layer of film for a covering. As for the aroma, there is a sour scent of dead yeast and malts that are starting to turn into a goopy syrupy mess, but there is some smell of roast malts still apparent. The initial flavor is intensely sweet and has a dark fruit like taste such as prune, raisin, and fig, but of course this is because of the time this beer has taken on. Still has a roasty blend of malts that suggest rich black coffee bean added with a little sugar and creamer, though, that flavor was much more apparent in its early days of life. This is still a really tasty beer that has been holding itself together and still hides the high ABV. Rating scores are based on how I remember this tasting fresh. Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, caramel and booze. Flavor was moderately sweet with chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toffee, alcohol and a hint of wood with a boozy finish bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2011
12 oz bottle-part of the celebration box but not in order. I may burn for not doing this in order but here goes a good Catholic try!! Hellish dark with no heavenly light coming through. Lots of sugary sweet goodness from the nectar of Jesus on the nose. Taste is of cane sugar, the essence of the Wise Men, the alcohol of the wine of the Last Supper. Chewy like the bread of the breathern. A meal to be sure. One to share with the masses. oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2011
[email protected]brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Twist, Stockholm. Hazy deep brown colour, small off-white to beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, some fruits, raisins, rye and mild toasted notes. Flavour is toffee, spices, mild raisins, plum and some mild alcohol. Also some slight wooden and mildly vanillaish notes.
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small of-white head.
S: Lots of sweet and malty notes to the aroma. Big time toffee and caramel, as well as some molasses and brown sugar. Some milk chocolate, dark fruits, and even a bit of vanilla.
T: Dark fruits and dark sugars really dominate the flavors. Molasses, brown sugar, and toffee are all there, as is some chocolate. A bit of roasted malt and vanilla, too.
M: Medium to full in body with a smooth carbonation.
O: This was a really solid beer. Really great maltiness to it.