RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
16th Anniversary Celebration Ale Brewed with 16 Malts, 16 Hops, and Soaring to 16% Alc

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Frothmeister (797) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
650ml bottle. In the cellar since 2012. Alright he we go. Buckle up. Pours black with a thin dark mocha coloured head. On the nose, it smells glorious. Cocoa, raisin, dark rum, light cherry cola, alcohol, sponge toffee, caramel...basically anything that contains concentrated sugars, however it smells HUGE, and awfully delicious. And guess what? It’s sweet. Very sweet, and palate coating with some booziness right out of the gates, dark rum notes, kirsch, dates, molasses, and black licorice that leads into light ash and dark chocolate that are basicially just added to the same profile from the beginning with a light woody note in the mild bitter finish. The flavour profile is great, but this is just too damn sweet. I’ve had five sips, and my brain is already glassy. 650ml’s of this would put me on the floor, and destroy any hope of going to work tomorrow. A beast, but too much of a beast.

2.9
Homer321 (5070) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Gross bottle of diabetes. Thanks. I guess. Lots of sugar in the nose. Teriyaki. Just straight licorice and boost. Stop. Just. Stop.

4.2
MisoW (3569) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle from my Secret Summer Santa 2015, robinvboyer, thank you very much. Pours dark brown color, dark beige head. Aroma of coffee, raisins, dark chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, coffee, dark berries, plums, vanilla, warming alcohol, tobacco, cherry, wine. Really full of different tastes. Nice coffee finish, bit hoppy.

4.1
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste is big bourbon and vanilla. Strong.

3
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Thanks Darrell. Dark brown coffee body with a small collar. Aromas of malt, booze, cocoa, caramel, hops, chocolate. Sweet and syrupy. Big time booze presence and hot finish. Bold flavor, if you like being assaulted. Best split several ways.

3.8
anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate licorice and coffee finish.

3.4
Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque black-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, molasses, raisins and alcohol. Flavor was sweet with chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, toffee, alcohol and light vanilla. Thick oily texture, full body, warming dry finish.

3.7
jandd1983 (4317) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2015
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, some dried fruits, alcohol, spices and caramel. The taste was similar to the aroma with chocolate, more alcohol, caramel and sweet fruits. Some alcohol burn on the finish. Different.

3.8
djd07 (14469) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. Roast chocolate malt and smoke aroma. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet roast and rich chocolate with light dry finish. Good

4.1
superspak (5583) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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