cordy (8) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
Rich dark brown. Toffee malts. Strong taste and strong finish, just the way I’d expect. Bit of a malty-chocolateyness to it. How could I not give it an overall score of "17." DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottles from Smith’s and Capone’s. Pours medium in viscosity, and not nearly as thick as a beer this big should dictate, with minimal tan head. Nose is Gargantuan roasty dark malt, blackstrap molasses, hops. Tastes rich but not dense at all in palate heft, and somewhat light in palate density. The flavor is big charred dark malt, hops, molasses, mild plummy and nutty notes. Tastes a bit discombobulated. A mild disappointment for the good Doctor. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Deep brown almost black with a cream head. Chocolate, rich malts, chewy, light alcohol. Great palate, chewy, rich, chocolate, syrup, alcohol finish. brewballs (215) - USA - JAN 15, 2014
Dark plum colored brew. Lacy head. Performs like an American Strong Ale. A bit boozy. Figgy and bitter.You definitely can taste it. Full bodied. Complex. Not for everyone. wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Aroma is dark malts, dubbel characteristics and earth/coffee. The flavor is caramel, dark malts, dark fruit/grapes, slight nuttiness and a slightly sour/alcoholic finish.
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2014
tap - Pours very dark amber, nearly black, with a small tan head. The aroma is of alcohol, roast, and a little dark fruit. It’s very sweet with obvious alcohol tones and some roasted chocolate with a touch of dark fruit. This one is just so sweet. Syrupy. It’s good but I think I’ve liked some of the earlier in the series more. Maybe at such a huge abv it’s time they changed things up a bit, maybe go more for a huge stout or barley wine instead of simply getting sweeter and sweeter. Gerbeer (3749) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pour dark brown with moderate head. Rich caramel toffee aroma with roasted malts and cotton candy. Flavors of dark brown sugar, heavily roasted malts, a melange of hops (but not overly bitter), and chicory. More like a thick barley wine. Alcohol is present but nothing like what I expected 17% would bring to the party. Great stuff. BrettTaylor (776) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip from 53F cellar. Pours a very dark color, almost black, with light tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly but never goes completely away. There is no lacing to speak of. Aroma - alcohol, dark red fruits, malt, a bit of milk chocolate. Taste - good grief there’s a lot in there. Very complex, moderately bitter coffee flavor, followed by dark dried fruits, raisins, and dark cocoa. Alcohol is apparent with a light warming burn at the back of the throat. Finish is quite long and somewhat bitter. Carbonation level is average, but a bit spiky on the tongue. It has a full, oily mouth feel. This is a big complex beer and nice on a very cold day. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2014
This poured a darker brown with a non existant head. Aroma was of molasses, dark burnt caramel, toffee, and booze. Falvor was lots of booze, yeast, light roast and big caramel. stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
A 650 ml bottle from Legacy Liquor in Vancouver. An almost black, slightly translucent beer with beige head and heady dried fruit notes on the nose. Dried fruit and chocolate notes assault the palate. Oh yeah, this is good! Big rich malts here, but a prominent hop note evident as well. Body and mouth feel is thick and oily, and that in a good way. Big winner here!