glennmastrange (2884) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Heavy toasted and nutty for the malt, moderate perfume and burnt orange peel for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with raisin, prune, tawny port, toffee and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, light brown with slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily to harshly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with a carbonation between soft and lively, and finishes metalic, lightly astringent and harshly alcoholic. This American Strong Ale is somewhat harsh in spots, but it’s complex and super rich. AnokaBrewer (207) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2014
This was quite the beer. Very complex, sweet, lots of flavor and very well balanced. bb (9525) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Malt and dried fruit aroma. Thick malt and caramel flavor with plum, dried fruit, and alcohol. Fuller bodied. Malt and caramel linger with dark fruit and alcohol. jb (3275) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle share with Ron. Thanks Ron! Very dark, slightly red, minimum head and lacing. Interesting complex, nice nose. Spicy, malty, grapes, brown shugga. Palate very sweet in the intro. Mellowed/balanced by booze, carbonation, slight hops. Just barely not too sweet. Lots of body, fruity, thick, decent. Ron (4001) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is more complex with a variety of malt and hop subtleties. Full bodied(malty) with a slightly boozy finish. Not as boozy as you would think for 17%. I really enjoyed this one.
BREWMUSKCLES (2698) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
vicious with nut and fresh malt. a bitter finish with big mellow taste of date and raisin. full mouthfeel to this deep caramel colored brew. little alcohol for the profile except for the expected dryness. yespr (45879) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2014
75 cl bottle. Pours thick brown to black, small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and liqourice. Dry malty, malty, alcohol and roasted. Breadish. Roasted. Dry. Sweet caramelish, bitter hoppy and dry malty. Bitter and dry finish. Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Hugely boozy in the nose. Big flavors of chocate and coffee. Quite tasty - masks the 17% incredibly well mcberko (18082) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown / amber with a small tan head. Aroma brings out burnt roasted malt, caramelized sugar, and who knows what else - smells very confused and uncoordinated. Flavour... not sure how to describe this - this is all over the place - notes of roasted malt, caramelized sugar, scorched hops, and even some feet / BO notes. This is very strange. Totally a gimmick beer at this stage in the anniversary series. It’s drinkable, and amazingly well-concealing of the ABV. Good stuff, but only drinkable in small quantities. WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle from the holiday mix pack. This is the strongest beer I’ve drunk to date. Pours clear brown, beige head. Nose is toffee/molasses, some roast, slight alcohol, nondescript hops. Flavour is same, mainly toffee/treacle, lots of nuts, the booziness isn’t too bad really, I’ve had beers with a third the abv with more alcohol presence than this. Could be that you’re just expecting it here. Sticky. Yeah a nice sipper.