fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours thick and black with a 1 finger, creamy brown head. Aroma has lots of spice, dark fruit, molasses, some roast, chocolate, anise, earthy notes and tons booze. Flavor starts off surprisingly smooth, lots of mild, black licorice, roast, a little chocolate, rye-like earthiness and spice (I would be surprised if this didn’t have tones of rye in it), dark roasted nuts, wet leather, sticky, harsh pipe tobacco and a pretty decent amount of spicy grassy and pine. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the flavor, but not what I expected from the 16%ABV, or the super boozy aroma. Palate has a very heavy, oily and chewy body, light, but sharp carbonation and a thinning, dry finish with a little boozy astringency. Not bad overall, might get another bottle just to see if it calms down after a year or two. GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
Pours an opaque black with little to no tan head. Smell is burnt sugar, some vanilla, and a hint of grass. Palate is thick bodied with good carbonation. Taste is... something. Starts out a bit bitter but then gets super sweet, so sweet that it’s almost bitter again. Strong alcohol in the aftertaste along with some burning the the throat. Not exactly the smoothest beer but interesting still. jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-02-17. Dark brown body, smallish head. Sweet boozy aroma, dark malt, rye, currants and dark fruit. 7+ Flavour is similar, dry alcohol, quite bitter, especially in the finish. Dryish rye like grainy character. 7+ Smooth full bodied palate. Nice, rich, complex, just big. Enjoyed a small sample, but a whole bottle of this scares me a little. Bottle shared by Tuqueboy. robinvboyer (4814) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
Looks like an impy stout, with a huge, brown, thick head. Unbelievable amount of charr and roast in the aroma. Some soy, dark fruit, slight pine, and molasses. Medium mouth feel, not as thick as i expected. Low carb, and a heavy, bitter finish. This is a big robust beer, but i feel the intense roast and char really make thisone dimensional. solidfunk (9741) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Had heard this was a bit of a mess but I actually enjoyed it. Pours syrupy black with good mocha head in the beginning. Very thick consistency. Aroma has roast malt, hops, black licorice and caramel. Booze aroma surprisingly light for style. Taste is bitter and a little sweet. Nice.
TimsRatings (421) - - MAR 8, 2013
On tap from Ridgewood Wine and Beer. Dark color - almost black. Little head. Very rich (strong). Great chocolate and coffee flavor.
Will put hair on your chest (fair warning, ladies).
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Draft. Black with minimal head. Burnt molasses aroma. Major alcohol burn. Definite sipping beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bomber. Poured very dark brown with a rich, deep mocha head. The aroma picked up coffee, molasses, and licorice notes with wisps of smoke and some citrus and pine hoppage around.. felt warm, but not 16% warm. The flavor found burnt anise and molasses on the tip of the tongue, with bitter roast, peppery notes, and pine resin throughout.. spicy, bitter, boozy finish. Heavy-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. too bitter for my liking.. OK overall, but way too much going on. glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark chocolate and coffee, light to moderate hops and yeast of resin, dough and earth, with background notes of raisin, alcohol and metal. Head is large, frothy/creamy, light brown with fiar lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes heavily sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is full, syrupy with a soft carbonation and a sticky and mouth puckering finish. Oof! This is a powerful American Strong Ale. A little too sweet for my tastes and it’s one of the most dense beers I’ve had. You gotta drink this one slow, it lasted me a whole evening. Jamesthebrit (484) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
A: Looks great. Pours thick like a milkshake. Dark brown head.
S: nice smell as well. Roasty. chocolate alcohol seems well hidden.
T: Alcohol is not well hidden at all.... There are some great notes to begin with but as the beer warms the balance gets worse and worse until the alcohol is nearly unbearable.
P: Thick like a milkshake.
Overall there are some good things to this beer but the high alcohol really sort of kills it for me.