msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bomber. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of raisins, molasses, dark sweet malts, and a little booze. Flavors of sweet dark malts, raisins, chocolate, molasses, and some booze. Big sweet beer Of the malty variety. icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Not surprisingly a whole lot going on with this beer; very complex, malty, heavy alcohol, and required me to power through it. Might smooth with age, but felt a tad overbearing to me. Might be better paired with food rather than by itself. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Dark near black pour with a small off white head. I can’t think of anything more untenable than He’Brew’s abv matching the anniversary year series. What are they going to do in their 20th anniversary? Their 30th? I digress. Aroma is bold, vinuous, lots of grapes and prunes. Pregnant like a woman spilling over her bra. Flavor is extremely sweet. Mollasses, honey, prune juice, alcohol. Cheap milk chocolate, pure sugar, that weird fake chocolate milk stuff at the grocery store. So sticky sweet I had to check to make sure this beer wasn’t from The Bruery. Big, thick mouthfeel. Way too sweet. I needed something to cut the sweetness. My cat knocked over the bottle and I wasn’t even mad. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2011
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a syrupy, dark mahogany capped by a thin, creamy beige head that leaves tight rings of oily lace. aroma is great with rich, sticky, brown sugar, maple syrup, candied malts, and butterscotch pudding backed by sweet raisins, figs, and subtle notes of boozy brandy. flavor is delicious, albeit a bit sweet, with notes of fresh baked fruitcake, sweet raisins, fig newtons, and rich toffee backed by light roast, candied walnuts, cinnamon, and a hint of dark chocolate. palate is full bodied, sticky on the palate, and lightly carbonated with a touch of boozy warmth layered with the sweet, mildly roasted finish. overall, a damn nice american strong. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
On tap at Urge. Black with a creamy light brown head. Faint chocolate caramel and alcohol aroma. Floral fruity candy chocolate sugar and alcohol taste with a thick syrupy palate.
reebtogi (6261) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
650ml bottle poured reddish black into glass with 3 fingers of light tan head that left some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malts and hops with some dark fruits. Taste is a big malty sweetness balanced with a bold hoppy bitterness. Heavy in body and moderate carbonation. Has a great complexity about it and leaves a pleasing feeling on the palate. The best Jewbelation to date. phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
22 oz bottle from Randall’s. Pours a deep, dark, cloudy chestnut brown with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of booze, figs, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, toffee, and faint roast. Flavor of lots of sweet caramel and chocolate malts, toffee, toasted brown sugar, dark fruits, and booze. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. Good. This brewery has stepped up its game. Drake (13724) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark reddish color with a medium creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, berries, toffee, brown sugar and bitter hops. The taste is toffee malts, berries, bitter hops, booze, brown sugar and maple. Full bodied. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 25, 2011
bottle. claims 10.9%. near black with a small tan head. there’s a little of everything in this, but the nose is mostly chocolate and dark malts, molasses with raisin and other sweet dark fruits. whoa....flavor is very sweet. lots of molasses, raisin, caramel, cocoa, licorice. tastes like a liquified medjool date. full body and goes down easy if you can handle the sweetness. huge stuff! i like sweet beer, but this is borderline too much. maybe it has something to do with the 10% version? SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark dense black liquid that crated a thick nitro like layer of foam and almost looked similar to a pint full of Guinness Draught. In the aroma, my nose picks up dark chocolate and fruit with an addition of mild roast malts that aren’t as apparent as in other He’Brew anniversary recipes. The flavor is intensely sweet and sugary and delivers a taste of raw cane sugar and brown sugar while a smooth backbone of dark roasted malts carries the drink through. This is unbelievably tame yet well rounded out for packing a high 15% ABV because the alcohol is completely masked and will sneak up on you.