RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark dark pour. Molasses. Raisin. Gig raspberries. Malts. Malts malts. Bourbon. Not for faint of heart. Harsh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1282) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3619) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13548) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (6180) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Prune, cashew, walnut, charred oak, baker’s chocolate nose. Mahogany, thick slow building beige head. Full body, hot but completely understandable for 16% ABV. Flavor is licorice, prune, dark chocolate horehound, tobacco . There are elements of both an imperial stout and a barleywine, but that appears to speak of disfunction. This beer is all over the place. I normally like complexity, but this just seems like a lot of stuff thrown together with little purpose. Good , but really taxing on the palate.

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