queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
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 (627) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
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 (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
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. RZahler (102) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Poured into a large tulip glass from the bottl. I highly suggest using a large tulip glass to avoid concentrated alcohol nose. Smells more like a Russian Imperial Stout. Wonderful tasting great beer
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bomber. Pours dark with a little tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and some hops. Flavor is sweet brown sugar, malts and some fruit like plums. Its good but finishes hard with a burning alcohol sensation. Nice on a cold night, I will probably pick up another bottle to age since this is still pretty hot.
RABinCO (1707) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours very dark, more black than brown, which is the first noticeable different from last year. Nice little tan head. Aroma is stone fruit and a bit of chocolate. Taste is very roasty and does a pretty all right job of balancing the huge sweetness. Not a perfect balance but certainly not an unmitigated mess. Incredibly warming alcohol burn. Very nice on a cold december night! tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Tap. Very dark with a thin mocha head and light lacing. Smells roasty, chocolaty, caramelly, and boozy. First boozy, then sweet, then dry. Oily mouth feel, tingly on the tongue, lightly dry finish. brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Almost black in color, at worst very dark brown. A very tall brown head. Big roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit aromas. Some dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, and molasses. A bit acidic in terms of the flavor and somewhat boozy. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Some molasses, caramel, and licorice. Some okay flavor, but too heavy on the booze. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Not sure of it's an ale as much as a barley wine. Incredibly viscous and boozy. As a barley wine it's good, and I am not a big barley wine guy.
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Deep brown brew with a ring of tan head. So much going on here - nose is boozy with dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, roast. Crazy sweet, the 16% is definitely there. I can see this getting pretty great over time. Brown sugar, roasted malt, dates.