RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc

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3.5
Sammy (12596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
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.

3.6
Spab (4002) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
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.

4.2
BroSpud (2233) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2013
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).

4.1
hayduke (5617) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
This pours a very dark brown tending toward black with a medium tan had. Nose of dark ripe fruit and chocolate. Very full body and a creamy mouthfeel despite the high alcohol. Flavor is hugely rich with dark ripe fruit, chocolate galore, vanilla, and more chocolate. Bittersweet finish. Great beer.

3.8
dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours dark brown with a small off white head. Big boozy, malty nose with notes of cognac and toffee. Big malty body, chocolate cake, citrus and toffee. Really nice dessert beer, very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours pitch black with minimal tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and molasses. Very sweet treacle flavor with silky warming mouthfeel. Very nice, but take your time. Had a bomber of this during the Superbowl, and I don’t really remember much of the game.

3.2
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Bomber shared with friends. Very deep mahogany with a reddish mocha head. Intense molasses and lots of booze, resinous hops, licorice, black chocolate, boiled down dark dried fruits, huge. Full body, thickest beer ever, medium effervescence. Super inky molasses, quite fruity, very boozy, licorice, dark chocolate, cherries, huge and intense and so dark; very sweet with big bitterness, tons of booze and a super long, very inky, molasses, fruit finish. A little too much.

3.6
DialSquare (5119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bomber from Market Square liquors. Near black pour with an inch tan head and light sheets of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toasted malts, citrus - very nice. Tastes are chocolaty and nutty with a little smoke. Slight medicinal alcohol in the long cocoa and herbal bitter finish.

3.7
Hammy78 (974) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle picked up at the LCBO. Pours an absolute black, with a small dark tan head. Lanes of lacing. Nose is sweet, boozy, carmalized malts, vanilla. Tastes bitter and malt heavy. Kind of a booze bomb.

3.8
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
22 oz bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours deep chestnut with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of molasses and roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, along with subtle nuts and oak. The flavour is moderately sweet with roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and a touch of coffee. The finish is long and medium roasty with nuts and chocolate. On the palate it is full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great toasty strong ale that hides its significant alcohol behind big roasty, nutty notes. A very nice ale, and one that begs for aging. 2013-03-30


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