wxman (1819) - 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. DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Last beer at Total Wine’s "Winter Brews" tasting class 11/30/12. Aroma is coffee, licorice, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is sweet malts, though smoother than I expected given the aroma. It’s thick, with a long finish. I only had a sample size so didn’t get the strong alcohol flavor some critics have mentioned. sjohnny (634) - - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Not much that stands out in the aroma. Pomegranate and booze. Very dark with dark tan head. Lots of lacing. Sweet malt flavor with so many flavors hard to pin them down. Lots of complexity, dried fruit for sure. This is surprisingly light bodies for as dark as it is but still has great flavor. Very good. thegreenrooster (4396) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pour is a super thick black with a very small tan head. Aroma is super sweet with some chocolate, vanilla, anise and booze. Flavor is super hot with alcohol. Some of the chocolate malt shine past the booze but the alcohol takes over. This is a real heavy mouthfeel with a ton of alcohol presence. I’m glad I only got a 12 oz bottle b/c there is no way I am going to finish this. I’m done with this series. DYCSoccer17 (3696) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
8 ounce sample on tap at City Beer Hall Tavern in Davis, CA. The aroma is sweet and sugary with molasses and brown sugar notes. Slightly vinous nose as well. Ethanol is pretty well hidden. Pretty straight-forward aroma, though. Opaque black body with a creamy, light brown head and really nice lacing. Attractive beer. Starts sweet, sugary with some lightly burnt, roasted malts. Leather and tobacco flavors make a significant appearance in the middle. Becomes sweet, chewy, and sticky towards the end. Finishes with a boozy character. This is basically a mess of a beer that is rather cloying, and pretty much what I expected from this beer, given the brewery’s pedigree.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
It pours jet black with an immediately healthy, medium-brown head that quickly settles to nothingness, even though carbonation maintains while it sits in the glass... and the only reason you can see this is from the carbonation that surfaces at the top edge of the glass. Its aroma is nothing spectacular, but it’s nice and you really can’t smell any of that 16% alcohol at all. Sweet, dark, caramel malts and light hints of roasted and chocolate malts dominate the nose.
The flavor is also much tamer than I imagined. It’s a pretty soft, warm, and almost creamy beer (mind you, please drink this somewhere between cellar and room temperature). The alcohol really doesn’t show up until this finish. In the meanwhile, you just think you’re drinking a stout/strong ale hybrid. To be honest, it’s not a strong ale at all... face it, Sweet Sixteen, your an imperial stout. There is a flavor that is hard to put my finger on the more I think about it (or the more my tongue becomes acclimated to what’s in my mouth), and I think that flavor is a result of the alcohol. It’s not an alcohol flavor, but the alcohol does something to the ingredients that turns them a bit on their heads, resulting in an almost bitter, spicy flavor.
The most unfortunate thing about this beer is that its taste requires you to drink a great amount of it, often, to enjoy it, but its strength and heaviness hits your stomach like motor oil... and the alcohol is merciless. It’s quick to knock you out. This beer is truly deceiving to the point that it seems like a confused beer. You should be sipping this from a small snifter, but if you did that, your palate wouldn’t be satisfied at all. If you stick to this, you’ll enjoy its effects on your bloodstream but not on your palate. If you drink this quickly in large quantities, your palate will be satisfied, but you’ll be hammered. In conclusion, this beer is best consumed if you’re prepared to be hammered. So, I’d say this beer lives up to it’s name... simply, a sweet 16% ABV beer. That is all. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2012
California Edition. Bottle from Vendome North Hollywood.
Pours a beautiful DEEP Red-Black with a super bubbly dark brown-ish head. Aroma is dark fruit, licorice, vanilla, alcohol/booze, bread, chocolate. If I had to name a food that it smells like, dark chocolate brownie. Taste is boozey and alcoholic, fruity (raisins), sweet, cocoa; complex with an interesting hop character, grassy, herbal; bitter dark chocolate and coffee finish. Real strong taste; it’s a sipper. No lacing; lots of carbonation. Oily mouth feel. Really interesting; I like it. It reminds me a lot of BrewDog’s Tokyo. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
22oz bottle 11/30/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-41° in Snifter-Pours a dark brown almost black with a small one finger tan head. Aroma of bubblegum, dark fruit, cotton candy, malt, and hops. Taste of sweetness, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and alcohol. This full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty but I think IMO still a bit hot. Will buy one to age and see if it mellows but still was expecting more head at this ABV and I am amazed at how they hide this so well. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Nose of sweet dark malt molasses chocolaye roast leather dark fruit sugary as fuck. Light alcohol for.abv. pours dark brown Almost black creamy tan head and good lace. Flavors of sweet sugary malts roast chocokate dark fruit leather. Some earthy bittetness.balances. huge body. Viscous full almost syrupy. Served in a pint glass. I waz hung over. Not bad though. Too sweet. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
22oz bottle. Vintage 2012, 16% ABV! Aroma of simple syrup, molasses, dark chocolate, alcohol, & bubblegum esters. Black pour, thick oily body, dark brown head. Long legs. Tastes of roasted grains, alcohol, cocoa powder. Very strong, vinous like character, nice roasted finish. (3536)