RZahler (47) - 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 (1508) - 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 (2137) - 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 (16432) - 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. stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Deep mahaganey color with a taset of molases cherryanda bitter coffe finish has a strong alcohol smell and taste that should mellow with age over all i would say this beer is worth a try definatly on its own and not with food. rated by the girlfriend. thornecb (5876) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Sweet pit fruit, licorice and soy aromas. Thick with upfront dark pit fruit turning to soy before the hot lasting molasses finish. wxman (1813) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours a deep opaque brown color with a full tan head. Aroma is coffee, licorice, dark dried fruit and cocoa. Taste is sweet dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, merlot, dark dried fruit, licorice, coffee and raisin jack. Alcohol becomes evident almost immediately after the taste begins and lingers as warmth long after the swallow. Very complex, with a lot of different characteristics too numerous to mention. Well balanced in spite of complexity, though. I suppose strong ale is as good a monicker as any, but very imperial stout-like also works. Something really different to be savored and enjoyed.