mansquito (7136) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Total Wine, Fairfax 650ml ($7ish): Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. Aroma is a good bit of chocolate, dark fruits like figs and stuff, liqueur (although not quite booze), fruitcake, and malts. Taste sweet, with a bit of pretzel. Hoppage is pretty minimal, but there is definitely a minor bitterness, but I feel as though the hops are adding something substantial to the taste as well. Mouth feel is sticky. Beer is gloopity gloop. Alcohol is miraculously covered in all this malt. However, it does have a warming burn towards the finish. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this is not a bad surprise. That being said, gloop isn’t really my thing when it comes to beer. JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle from from LCBO. Deep brown- black pour with a tight brown head. The nose is lovely - rich and chewy with a heavy tarry aroma and some light spicy hoppiness as well. Bitter cocoa and some rye spiciness as well. A little bit of plumminess as well but it's malt-dominated. A touch of charriness but it's pretty nice. Peppery with a little bit of lingering bitterness. Pretty nice strong ale actually.
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Beer pours almost black with a retained tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, spruce and booze. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish. The beer is too hot, IMO. Alcohol is front and center too much. I understand it’s 16% but this is too much for me. Otherwise a pretty good beer. hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
Boozyness and sweet caramel/malts in the nose. A little bit of banana and woody notes as well. Very dark and viscous pour, with virtually no head. Looks black in the glass. Taste is very syrupy, molasses comes to mind immediately. Quite interesting array of flavors, including coffee, soy sauce, red fruit and chocolate come through. Cocoa aftertaste with hop bitterness and alcohol heat. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting to try. Crit (4105) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
Jet black, nice lasting brown head. Nose of molasses and alcohol. Thick very sweet palate of molasses,malt and licorice with harsh alcohol heat
Not particularly pleasant
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
Whoa, this is a huge beer. I too find the body a bit on the thin side (comparatively speaking), but that’s one of the few faults. Hides the alcohol just enough where it still feels warm, but also sweet. I suppose your liking to this beer will be dictated by how you feel about sweet beers. Even then I find this to be quite grounded, similar to the Cuvee van der Kaiser Blauw I also picked up from the LCBO. This one would be worth aging. Taste profile falls somewhere between a strong ale, a Russian Imperial Stout, and a barley wine. Lots of malt, quite a bit of bitterness, lots of dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates, etc.), but also some roasted flavours and chocolate in here. Great beer. doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Black with light brown head. Malty aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and bourbon. Rich and malty with complex layers of flavors going on here: raisins, cocoa, and butterscotch . Finishes with some coffee grinds. BrewMasterRob (2) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
So far my all time favorite high gravity beer. One bottle does the trick. wonderful mix of lots of grain and hops variety. this beer was worth every penny. I would love to get a home brew recipe for this one.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Wow they have thrown every thing in this beer....This will either be a mess or at least make me a mess. Dark chocolate brown body with a tall brown cap. Aroma is not the mess I was expecting.....Mild burnt sugar,coconut, sweet coffee, almost soya sauce, no hint of the 16%... kind of boring. Taste is so very mild for what this is. Soya sauce, burnt sugar, so very sweet, no trace of the alcohol...how did they do that. This is drinking down to fast. Kind of a simple taste for the whole mess of ingredients that’s in here. Why so thin feeling. I really don’t mind this beer but its kind of a let down. Kind of want to re-review this on a different night. TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
650 mL bottle. LCBO says this is 14.5%, and they are generally right about this sort of thing. Looks like a porter or stout. The aroma is stoutish, minus the roast. Got the coffee and chocolate, got the soy sauce. Not a lot of hops in the nose. Big taste, big body. Only reason I can’t give it a 5 for palate is I’d like a touch more bitterness in the finish. Creamy chocolate, booze, bread, dried fruit, carmelized sugar, touch of anise. This one will age really well, but I don’t know how long I can hold out!