andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours a very dark black with very little light coming through the edges. With a decent tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and licorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, chocolate syrup, alcohol, bourbon, lots of sweetness and a light dryness. For a 16 point beer this is well balanced and pretty easy to drink! Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours an opaque inky black with a foamy brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, booze, toffee, caramelized sugar and a nice tickling of the nose. Taste is roasted malts, bourbon, alcohol, caramelized sugar, vanilla and rich chocolate in the background. Big intense flavors, sweet boozy and an alcohol bite but all held in a pretty good balance. Nice winter sipper. Ron (3962) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle after cellaring for 2 years. Opaque black/brown with a small tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, caramel, raisins, a little molasses, alcohol and a touch of chocolate. Taste of sweet roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, raisins, molasses and a hint of coffee. The alcohol was partly hidden with the malt, but it was felt. Full body and medium carbonization. SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Aged this in the basement for two years.jb (3254) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Opaque black with quickly dissipating brown head. Syrupy full body with high carbonation.
Aroma: heavy malt, silage, smooth alcohol, figs, molases, prunes, soy sauce.
Taste: sweet charred fruit cake, rum.
Cross between barleywine and imperial stout, with alcohol stregth of both. Not quite hot, but burns the throat. Would be nice if the bottle had more description beyond ABV and "16 malts and 16 hops".
Thanks to Ron for stowing this away for a couple years then producing it to share today. It aged well. Malt forward, but plenty of hops to balance and provide relief from the assault of malt. Deep plum nose, and plenty of malty notes. Nice complexity. Syrupy mouthfeel. Much better as it warms. Some chocolate/stouty notes were coming through late. Nice.
DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle, shared with Grippitis and Mike while watching Oregon destroy Arizona State. Viscous oily black pour, low but thick brown head. Intensely malty aroma, dark fruits and booze. Sweet, rich flavours of prunes, birch syrup, soy sauce, milk chocolate, figs, spicy rye, molasses bread. Warming but not harsh. Incredibly rich-- a sharing brew for sure. I’m so amazed that these guys can turn out a drinkable, complex 16% ABV beer! Wow. bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2014
APPEARANCE - super black with healthy brown head.
NOSE - barley wine style, a bit of alcohol scent.
FLAVOR - Rich and and complex, dark roasty flavors that blend together seamlessly. Would never be able to tell it’s 16%.
NOTES - Outstanding beer, with tremendous flavor depth.
dfearnley (2146) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle to snifter
Black currant, plum liqueur, resin, light coffee notes, treacle, oats, booze. Silky black, thin bubbly tan head that disappears in 5 seconds, a little effervescence. Taste is coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, loads of malt, plum, and a satisfying bitterness. It’s light bodied and a little thin and the alcohol really boosts my salivary glands to make it feel even thinner. cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
750ml bottle jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2014
14.5% ABV (as marked on bottle)
RBC Plaza LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
February 26, 2013
The beer pours a solid dark brown, syrupy in nature with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel, and molasses. Mouthfeel is full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavour is over the top sweet and the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Dark fruit and roasted malt round out the flavour. Definitely a beer for sharing.
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa and deep roasted oats. Full body. Sweet as expected.