MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Was worried that this would be a big mess of a brew... and it kinda was. Nice nose of dark roast & chocolate, some coffee, dark pit fruits & bitter hops. Flavor was similar, except more bitter, piney hops & a big alcohol burned that just didn’t work for me. Maybe I’ll cellar 1 for a year. AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Can’t remember how I get this one. Enjoyed in a wine glass at 50F
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2013
A - Poured a pitch black almost oily appearance with a 2 finger head.
S - Tons of roasted malts, coffee and some licorice.
T - WOw booze-bomb! it burns to drink it. Tons of chocolate, coffee and more spices like licorice. Uber sweet start to finish. Lots of smokiness
M - Heavy body, medium carb..so boozy
O - This beer is pretty interesting. Very complex but oh boy is it boozy and smoky. needs some time in the bottle for sure.
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black) with a tan ring head. Great sweet, malty riot of an aroma with black licorice, booze, and figs. Very sweet (nearly cloying) sugary taste with raisins, fudge, toffee, and prunes, with the booze very evident throughout, and a touch of spicy bitterness to finish. Sticky, slick body. Lovely brew. Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, dark fruit, black licorice, & some booze; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, some oak, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses/syrup, dark fruit, and licorice; Smooth boozy finish; Nicely balanced; Overall, one of those brews you’ll either love or hate - I enjoyed it. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled on draft at D’s Monroeville this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy brown head that faded and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty raisin and molasses. The flavor was malty, pretty sweet and fairly boozy with notes of rum, cherry, tobacco, raisin and a ton of molasses. Long finish of molasses, raisin, cherry and rum. Fairly full bodied. Boozy but not as much as you would expect from a 16% beer. Interesting.
onceblind (10864) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Black with a thin bubbly khaki head. Aroma is boozy and roasty with some bourbon barrels (or something), burnt toast, honey, and cocoa nibbs. Flavor is really warm with hot sherry notes, some sugar cane, charred oak, and bittersweet cocoa nibbs. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours a very deep black with a slight red brown head on top. Initial red wine flavors work their way to your nose followed by a very pronounced malt sweetness. Rich dark fruit notes, mild chocolate, a strong toasted malt presence and a lot of alcohol kick round out this brew. Flavor is almost overwhelming as there is such a strong flavor. A lot of dried raisin, chocolate, alcohol, light grape and light licorice. This beer is extremely thick. I can’t imagine the amount of grain needed to get both this high of alcohol and residual sugar in the same batch. Carbonation is perfect as it’s low and fine delivering the flavor and aroma consistently. Overall a neat brew but waaaaaaay to much for me. I found a 20oz bottle and I think I’m only going to make it through about 1/4 of the beer. A good example of a beer concentrate, if there ever was such a thing. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2012 release.savejoseph (2) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2013 does not count
Appearance: Pitch black body with a creamy and dense brown head, it settles into a thin coating and a creamy ring.
Aroma: Alcohol and dark fruits are prominent, some chocolate is apparent, but the alcohol is the strongest aroma here, though it’s not too assertive.
Taste: The intro is a bit bland highlighting some cocoa, but it’s faint. The mid-taste introduces some dark fruits and stronger chocolate, somewhat syrupy. The finish hits strong with the dark fruits and a very medicinal finish like Robotussin.
Palate: Thick and soft on the tongue, a joy.
Overall: I applaud their effort, especially using this many ingredients, but it falls short of being enjoyable. Maybe next time.
Great beer if you like them with LOTS of Hops (I don’t) Reminds me of "World Wide Stout" only redeeming quality for me was the high ABV content. beeratarian (242) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Holy shit this is a big beer. Aroma of alcohol and sweet dried fruit. Pours a black imperial stout-like, richness. Thin, quickly disappearing, brown head. Taste is more dried fruit, fig and dates. Lots of alcohol, nice hoppy kick hidden in the middle. Coats your mouth like motor oil. Overall one of the best " overproof " ales. Not too sweet and really big and interesting. I would love to age a few and stagger my tastings. Must try if you like huge ales.