Ibrew2or3 (8660) - 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. obguthr (6456) - 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. bb (9525) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Toffee and light alcohol aroma. Toffee and alcohol flavor with light cocoa. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and burnt sugar linger with alcohol and light roast. fiulijn (20806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouvercraftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013
It pours a oily black color with small head, brown, a bit fizzy, disappearing quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, and quite evident alcohol.
It’s full bodied, the mouthfeel is round, with the malt of a barley wine, roasted malts, strong flavor of dark chocolate too; in the final there is some liquorice, salt, and quite strong alcohol feeling (but somehow acceptable knowing the real ABV); strong bitterness; salty dark chocolate in the final too.
16% version. pours light to med black with little to no head. light sweet nose with dark fruit notes on the back end. med to full body - sweet but not overly so - lots of dark fruits, sugars, a solid citrus hop flavor and some deep roasted malts. warming finish with the alcohol creeping and some pleasant dark fruit / sugar notes.
mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
black pour with a khaki head. nose is chocolate, fudge, rich, chewy, and syrup. thick on the palate, syrupy, chocolate, light alcohol, fudge and sticky. RSRIZZO (2000) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 38°. Color is black with light carbonation and a thin tight tan head. Aroma is sweet dried fruit and alcohol. It has a full body with a slick, smooth mouth feel. Flavor jumps out with molasses then coffee, a bit of toffee some dried fruit and a note of oak. After taste is slightly bitter as the molasses gives a very faint smoke taste and the alcohol showing ever so slightly. Overall I like, I feel it’s a nice sipping brew with a different flavor palate then the previous releases. I also feel that for having 16% abv it hides it very well, other than the fact that after half the bottle I feel pretty well lit. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Split over two sessions two days apart. Rating from first session. Very approachable for a big beer. LIke eating a bread pudding made with rich brownies and high ABV beer. Dark brown with a nice brown foam. Nose is boozy molasses. Flavour is alcohol, brownies and molasses. Holds up well to previous years but how high can they go? jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tap at the Mason Lounge on NYE. Motor oil black with light brown head. Lots going on with this one: sweet, molasses aroma, with some dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and anise. Mild hop presence in the taste (mostly the Fuggles, I think) , but mostly sweet raisin/chocolate/licorice combo. Strong roasted finish. For as much of a mess as this could have been, I’m mildly impressed. dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
I have been getting this every season for several years Jewbelation 10, 11, 12, etc. these guys are a hoot just to make this each year. This one is also pretty exceptional. Will kick your butt and I usually have it on New Years eve. This one is especially tasting of licorice and the Alcohol is pretty hidden. More of a beer soup that pours like motor oil. The brewmasters pull it off once again for palette and taste. I usually get a bottle or two for my Jewish friends for Hanukkah.