sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma with some vanilla smooth alcohol. A lot in it, but nothing much coming out as dominant.
erickok (5935) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark body, small tan head. Bourbon kind of sweetness, roasted malts, chocolate, raisins. More refined than tasteful. Strong flavour, alcohol, hops sharpness. Warming ending. (ZeeBra)
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ zeebra. Aroma is big malts, some roast, liquorice, caramel and more. Flavour is sharp roasty liquorice alcoholic madness. A bit too much.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with label marked as "CA Edition". Pours with a black hued pour and a large and lasting deep brown head. Aromas are malty, biscuity, licorice, vanilla, iodine, chocolate, cotton candy, grainy, rye, dark fruits, plums, deep caramel, treacle. Lightly herbal, low ester, boozy. Summed up: Busy. Flavors are pretty sweet and pretty muddled with big chocolate, roast, coffee, tobacco, dark fruit, kiln coffee, boozy, medium ester, lightly fruity, lightly herbal. Busy and convoluted. A bit silly (especially when you look at the hop schedule on their brew sheet online). While they are at it, why don’t they try to ferment it with 16 different yeast strains? Silly. Huge body, viscous, warming. Medium carbonation with big alcohol.
Honestly it is a lot better than I expected (from a beer who’s recipe seems based more around a marketing goal than a taste goal).
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Hop City. Poured nearly black with a thin brown head. Beautiful. Aroma was roasted malt, some fig and dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate. I can smell clouds of alcohol wafting off this beer! Flavor was roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, bit of coffee. Much less fruit in taste. Very sweet, moderate bitterness. Very alcoholic. Thick and cream on tongue despite booziness.
RobertDale (6320) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Super sweet and super strong.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Sweet fuck, save me! This beer was overwhelmingly, irrepressibly, unmercifully strong. Heaviest motor oil pour with a glowering look. This beer wants to be the dark bread that Conan eats for sustenance on a long ride. Vastly sweet figgy pudding nose, with sharp booze unfurling. Thick, oily mouthfeel, one that I felt was on the verge of congealing into actual pudding at times. Licorice, shoe leather, molasses, and straight booze. Points for evolving beyond shame into this beast.
Sammy (11968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big beer which revels in its bigness. LCBO acquisition, who promptly gave a lab evaluation of only 14.5% abv - whatever, it is only to be supped. Big chocolate and roasted malt, and heavy anise finish. Black and bubbly head is attractive. Booze in the finish. Its hidden but its instantly apparent. Sweet stout bias. Above average mouthfeel.
Spab (3728) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an ultra-dark brown with decent, slightly lacy light brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, anise, toasty toffee and gentle cirtus. Flavour is very rich, fairly sweet and slightly roasty with molasses, date, fig, toffee, light lemon zest and cocoa. Bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Slick moutfeel. Very big body. I’d be interested in seeing how this ages.
BroSpud (2156) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, so here’s what happened … came home from a rough day at work totally starving and in bad need of a beer. Asked my wife to go pick out a random beer from the beer fridge (yes I have a fridge just for beer – don’t judge me). I like to rate these things with an open mind so blind tastings are the way to go. So with an empty stomach and a big thirst I dig into this bad boy. I jot down these notes…Pours a solid black with a darkish brown head that receded quickly. No light getting through this stuff. Big malty aroma with hints of bourbon. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Complex flavors including licorice, coffee, maple, figs, and bourbon with slight but pleasant alcohol burn…so at this point I’ve finished 12 ounces and figuring this must be something around 9% abv but I’m thinking to myself MAN! My tolerance is ridiculous, why I am I feeling so buzzed? Sure, empty stomach and all but really? Then the missus reveals the beer with the upside down label and it all starts to make sense. This is the one that I had been afraid to try because of that 16%. Moral of the story: don’t be afraid, this is a great beer! Just don’t plan on operating any heavy machinery afterward (i.e. do not drive).