Dr_MedievAle (196) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma: charred oak and cherries and bourbon with some caramel or toffee as it warms. appearance: pitch black with foamy beige head around the edges. taste: sweet chocolate syrup and burning bourbon on the finish. sweet dark fruits, some bitter oak. sweet heat. palate: slick. long finish.
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the Kickstarter party at the Humboldt Cider Company to help them complete their tasting room. Pours black with no visible head. Nose of dark ripe fruit, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Bold heavy body and a rich mouth feel. Some alcohol shows. . Flavor is rich and shows the same ripe fruit, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla that was in the aroma. Finish is somewhat alcoholic but does not spoil the beer. Remarkable stuff.
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This years batch is over 20%. I gotta say it’s pretty smooth considering the abv. Pretty good stuff.
oRos (1163) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the bruery.com pours oil black with slight brown head. Big roasted taste. With some booze but not as much as you would expect being 19.7%
sitzds (318) - - NOV 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Final beer of the short-notice share with Justin and Morgan in FL. 750 ml bottle poured into red solo cups. Jet black body with tan head that slowly fades to a film. Legs but no lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, oak, roast malt, coconut, marshmallow, and dark fruits. Flavor is moderately sweet with cocoa, brown sugar, and plum notes, but also decently bitter with barrel, booze, and unsweetened chocolate highlights. Full body, oily, thick texture that coats the tongue, minimal carbonation, sweet, boozy hot finish.
marcus (6700) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Bruery. Pours near black with a transient tan head and a raisin and bourbon aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes dark molasses, vanilla, bourbon and anise. Nice oak finish.
bursprak (721) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle split 4 ways, 2013 version. Tasted together with Grey Monday. Pours see through black with some sediment, no head whatsoever. Nose has loads of bourbon, vanilla, tar, tobacco and some dark chocolate. Taste has vanilla, dark dried fruits, some tobacco and light chocolate. The alcohol burn is present but nowhere close to the 18,9%.
laiti (5900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ home, thanks tiong!
Aroma has dark chocolate, some salty licorice and alcohol. Flavour has alcohol, woody tones, salty licorice and porto. Aftertaste is sweet with more porto and cocoa. First sips were "quite ok", but after that this became very pleasant slow sipper. Alcohol warms here nicely. Reminds me of porto version of Dark Lord.
rosenbergh (7239) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Vintage 2013. Courtesy of tiong. Enjoyed at the ISKTR 2014.
Dark reddish brown colour with a tiny tan head.
The aroma is sweet dark fruits, alcohol, vinous notes and a lot of sweet malt. Very much barley wine. The flavour is super sweet with dark fruits, malt, toffee, mild bitterness, mild hops and more sweetness. Very good for a desert wine.
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olio (6401) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle (18.9% abv) @ ISKTR 2014. 2013 vintage. Bottled on 16.09.2013.
Pours black color with a small head. Lots of roasted malts, bilberries and bourbon on the nose, vanilla, dark fruits and some molasses. Quite sweet sugary and chocolaty flavor, alcohol comes through, very complex set of flavors. Feels more like a Barley Wine or even a Port Wine with the prune notes and all. Monstrous.