Niko100 (2837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 (7487) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (8891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
savejoseph (2) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2013 does not count
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
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 (226) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Jow (3817) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from holiday 8 pack they put out. Pours dark motor oil color and thickness. Nose of booze ad dark fruits. Tastes of figs, plums, cherries, molasses, malt, earth, very boozy. A touch too sweet and sticky.
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is dark brown with a fine bubbled khaki head on the average side, retaining fairly well here, eventually ringing the glass with a light haze. The nose is dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and sweet bread, with some hop notes coming through. The flavor profile is where it gets messier as expected; more caramel, chocolate, sweet bread, raisins, dark fruit, with a warming sensation from the booze here ; it’s masked fairly well, i guess. The hope notes provide a bit of bitterness but feel a little muted right now - anyway , it turned out how I would expect, which isn’t a resounding success
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bottle.
Pours pitch black with no head at all which is to be expected. A thin ring is left around the side of the glass.
Aroma is immediately sweet dark fruits; figs and dates. A little bit of chocolate and licorice in there too. Some alcohol comes through.
Flavor is extremely rich. Tons of dark fruit, wood, and rye bread. A touch of wood and cocoa along with a healthy dose of ethanol. Extremely sweet throughout with very low drinkability. There is a coating in the mouth that really becomes cloying fast.
Overall, a bit of a novelty with the high abv but not that spectacular of a beer. Way too sweet. Not something I will pick up again.