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Review by howardf on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 4 10 2006
First a huge thanks to my wife for buying this for me for Christmas.

Very pretty presentation: a black bottle with a black label, shiny black lettering, all stuck into a ribbed black box with a window cut out to see the label. There's no ABV listed, but I've seen 13.5% and 14% listed on other sites.

The beer pours a crystal clear red-brown with golden accents. There's a little yeast suspended in there, but so little that I didn't notice it during the pour. There is no head and not a single bubble. It clings to the glass and slowly slides back down to the bottom.

The smell is a thing of beauty. Rich toffee, tons of malt, and big hits of booze couldn't be missed. The smoke was next to come out, although my wife said she noticed that first. There's some honey in there, along with some vague fruitiness from all of the malt at play.

The flavor largely follows the smell, with tons of malt, mellow booze notes, and some hammy smoke. Again, the wife said it was smoked meat first for her followed by the sweetness. There's a huge complexity at play here that my inexperienced self can't quite relate, it's just an amazing flavor that has to be experienced.

This doesn't drink like a beer at all, more like a low grade brandy. It's very thick, with no carbonation at all, and a slow sweet finish, without the drying alcohol that you'd expect. It leaves you breathing fumes though, and warms your belly - perfect for a Christmas night.

I'm ultimately very glad I got to try this beer. I never would have had the chance without my wife, because I would NEVER spend that much on a beer. If you are a fan of the style and have the money, I would recommend splitting it with a buddy some day. Half a bottle is more than enough, and it's definitely a one of a kind experience. If this were cheaper I would certainly drink it regularly, but now I'll just gaze at the bottles in the store with a knowing smile.

Price: $52.00 Served In: Tulip

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