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Review by everetends on 07/04/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle that I can only thank Frank's generousity for, a random package full MS goodness is always an O face moment. I have been sitting on this beer for such a long a time and I wanted to save it. Well, I needed some cheering up and my birthday was last week so its Berserker time. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours a thick very dark black in color. Held to the light, this is nothing but darkness. No light is getting through this one at all, just pitch black. The pour got about a 3/4 finger of head that is just a really nice dark brown, cocoa color. Sadly it falls a good bit to thick ring with some wispy amoeba like formations. You get some light lace on the glass, but most of it slips back into the cap ring due to the slickness of this brew. My only bitch is that I only wish there the head was a bit bigger, more frothy and longer lasting. Otherwise, we are off to an amazing start.

S: As soon as I popped the cap on the bomber, I could smell this thing. Just a huge aroma that fills the area effortlessly. First thing that hits me is a nice and boozy whiskey aroma. its just enough to let you know its there but it doesn't over power like whiskey tends to do. Behind that comes some nice molasses and chocolates. Heavily roasted malt brings a touch of bitterness to the nose but very light. Really good oak and vanilla starts contributing to this nose. There is a touch of a boozy fruit presence that cuts the heavy sugar sweetness a bit. Other notable scents are a touch of leather and a bit of a light nuttiness (pecans maybe).

T: Oh this is quite fuckin fantastic. Lots of nice, heavily and dark roasted malts coming out. Has a nice sweetness to it but also a light smokiness that plays well of the next flavor. That flavor is the whiskey. Light and sweet, but still good and boozy. After that getting some good chocolate, molasses, and just a touch of espresso. Some plum starts to peak through a bit, which compliments so well. There is also a touch of a grape like quality (deep red wine almost), the bottle says nothing about wine barrels but it seems like that might be going down in here. Good amounts of vanilla and oak poke through toward the end. This is great but I think it is slightly lacking in comparison to the nose.

M: Good and full in body, nice and heavy but still easy drinking for the size. Nice and viscous, I mean good and thick. Still slick and smooth, almost pillowy at times. Carbonation is light, allowing this brew to have some good weight. ABV is big in the flavor but not huge in the feel. Just a wonderful, slow building heat in the belly. The ABV doesn't wreck the palate at all. Aftertaste is a touch of grape and some roasted malty goodness.

D: For being a fuggin HUGE beer, this is easy drinking. The snifter emptied much faster than I ever wanted but its still a great thing. Sure I don't have another bottle, but the enjoyment factor of this experience is top notch. I might have found my new favorite RIS. Its just so damned good and well crafted. Just so well put together and everything sits just where it should be. The aroma is the show stopper for me, just amazing. Frank, you are a great man and a lucky bastard for having this around you each year. Stellar beer that derserves some more recognition.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-22-2009 05:06:06

Served In: Snifter