rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2013
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.
SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
sample from keg .. . been wanting to try this, have enjoyed the past anniversary brews .. . deep brown, sizzling foam .. . very boozy, quite sweet .. . very good stuff but massive and cloying, would love to try another sample when i’m not throwing up in the bathroom.. .. . How hard can it be to blow up a room full of gasoline? berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate.Taste is rich with coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Very good. leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Very strong alcohol nose, pitch black opaque with coffee tan head. Huge sweet malts, acidic, syrupy, coats the mouth. Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark dark pour. Molasses. Raisin. Gig raspberries. Malts. Malts malts. Bourbon. Not for faint of heart. Harsh
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tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma of licorice, booze, raisin, molasses. Flavor is the same but with a nuttyness, more chocolate. Full bodied. I think this beer needs a couple of years in the cellar for the flavors to come together and for the alcohol to subdue. I didn’t find it to be very impressive right now, but see its potential. I fear the 100th anniversary. Oscbert (1302) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
~Raisin and prune in aroma with alcohol sweetness and dark chocolate
~Pours black with small quickly disappearing brown head.
~Flavors of chocolate, coffee, prune and other vinous characteristics.
~Full bodied with medium CO2, sweet alcohol finish. Slight alcohol warmth.
~Enjoyable high alcohol beer. I thought this would be a mess because of all the hops and malts, but it turned out nicely with good flavor. drjay44 (3708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, light beige head, over an opaque black (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy dried fruits including plum, date, raisin, treacle, brown sugar....taste is sweet molasses, brown sugar, dried fruits including plum, date, finishing with lingering sweetness....mouth feel thick, chewy, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a very sweet, rich beer. The forces used in it are obviously tremendous, but end up unbalanced, with heavy sweetness, obvious malt complexity, and the end effect of being quite muddled. It is a combination of treacle tart and date pudding. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7 Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, beautiful dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, woody notes and licorice. Wow! In mouth, a smooth licorice laden vinous malt with plums, bitter herbs, ricolla, tons of alcohol, yet balanced. On tap at Datz, Dec. 9 2012. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a really dark brown body that supports an impressive lasting half inch mocha colored head of foam. The aroma is boozy, chocolate, faint toffee and then date to fig esteriness as well as some black strap molasses and a mild hodge podge of earthy-piny-sugary citrus hops. The taste is slick and sweet to start with. I get dark roasted malts, spicy black strap molasses, chocolate and oven burnt brownies to go along with some sweet dates, prunes and figs. To midway and on to the finish modestly bitter hops are joined by some booziness that helps out the other notes to close out the sipping experience. 16%, a real sipper. Nice stuff where the hops are more noticeable than prior editions.