ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with dark fruits, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, with some darker chocolate, coffee, and richer toffee notes and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with some darker chocolate, dark fruits, citrus hops, some bitterness, and brown sugar. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some molasses, residual sugars, vanilla, sweet toffee, pine and grassy hops, and some more fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts with dark fruits, milk chocolate, some darker cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, citrus and pine hops, molasses, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Incredibly complex, but at the same time refined and balanced.
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown with a very small brown head, and good lacing.
smell is of dark chocolate, dark fruits, some spice, and malt.
taste is of strong alcohol, dark fruits, cocoa, a touch vanilla, dark malts, and a little bit of spice. ends strong.
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real strong, sweet beer lots of alcohol taste, real complex, and pretty tough to get through, a real sipper. Overall pretty good. Pound this on an empty stomach and holy shiite your buzzed!
Hatzilla (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is malts, coffee, cotton candy and licorice. Tastes of rich malt; also notes of plum, coffee and cocoa powder. Palate is very oily and slick. A nice strong beverage. Great for sipping and sharing. I thought this tasted and looked like an imperial stout but a great beer either way. Mazeltov!
Bricks (1089) - Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dull smells of roasted coffee and malt. Sweet taste and thick. Slight funk on tthe aftertaste. Great beer.
Cybercat (5553) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is malty, woody, a little syrupy. Pours a deep coffee brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent tan head. Flavor has molasses, roast malt and woody hops notes with more than a hint of miso - and an alcohol bite like an angry pit bull. It is on the sweet side, but not grossly sweet. Texture has very firm, oily, syrupy body, though fizz level leaves a bit to be desired. Whoa, it’s already hit me like a speeding MARTA bus! Finish is lip-smacking, woody, malty, syrupy. A perfect beer to drink on the first day of Hanukkah, even if you’re not Jewish. Well, I have some good friends who are Jewish, and that’s no lie.
shrubber85 (11211) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Prune, barley malt, and alcohol aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet prune followed by strong herbal bitterness and intense alcohol finish. Very boozy.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Big boozy prune and molasses aroma. Black with a small brown head. Prune, anise, molasses, and very hot booze flavor. Burnt coffee in the finish. Full body with a pretty intense alcohol burn. Alcohol was overwhelmingly harsh, and this one would definitely benefit from some aging.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big chocolate cacao nose. And lots of malt aroma. Viscous thickness, which is to be expected given all the malts. Huge chocolate flavor, with some mid palate alcohol, and then bitter chocolate and coffee to finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, and will definitely grab a bottle to store for a couple years.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Yep - definitely 16% based on how I feel after not sharing the bottle. Smell is dark fruits, molasses, licorice, booze, chocolate. Taste is sweet as one would expect with such a high ABV but not so cloying. It also contains rich ripened fruits, slight tobacco, sherry, chocolate, molasses. Thick mouthfeel with a boozy slushiness. Quite nice.