vtafro (5919) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Rye, barrel, roasted and dark malt aromas. Dark malt, chocolate, roasted, rye, barrel Flavors.
23Skidoo (66) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like a dark chocolate whisky-infused praline in liquid form. Not in the mood to write a long review, but this is love.
Countbeer (5887) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage 2012: Served in a taster:
Black body with creamy tan lacing.
Aroma is roast, paint, tobacco, light bourbon, meat, soy... Later on it becomes so much better: beautiful roast, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice...
Flavour is molasses, brown sugars, roast, bourbon, light vanila, light pudding, light dry, light molasses...
Aftertaste is roasty, bourbon, coal, vanilla, fudge...
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, very close to full bodied.
Benzai (12228) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. 2012 vintage. Opaque black color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, superb bourbon, vanilla, lightly some grains (rye?). Taste malts, firm bourbon, firm vanilla, sweetish, but a very nice combination. Medium body and carbonation. Quite like this.
bytemesis (6030) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 Vintage. Pours opaque black, small brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is rich, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla, some woodiness, rich dark sugars, toffee. Flavor is fairly sweet, medium bitter, rich and boozy, like a desert liquor. Tasty and smooth. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. One of the good ones, for sure.
dwm1034 (752) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with Sherm1016 on NYE in Lake GENEVA....thanks!
Pours black; thin head...we let it warm....nose and initial taste are heavy with coffee and chocolate....espresso and DARK / bitter chocolate....and heavy with barrel / boozy nose and taste.....sweet with an edge....impressive and tasty.
Pyrmir (5200) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at SBWF15. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet, roasted, coffee, bitter chocolate, barrel notes, vanilla with a fairly dry and boozy finish
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage, bottle #2029
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light mocha head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very good retention with streaks of lacing left behind.
Strong barrel presence in the aroma with lots of earthy, toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and spicy rye whiskey character countered by a slightly roasted chocolate malt backbone. The spicy rye and whiskey notes really stand out along with wood barrel, coffee bean, oatmeal and bakers chocolate. Dessert/cake like dessert character underneath the whiskey.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger whiskey barrel presence than the aroma suggests. Very strong dry oak/toothpick character along with prominent whiskey/boozy heat that overpowers the other notes a bit too much for my preference. Slightly peaty with lots of spicy rye and alcohol sweetness dominating the malt backbone. Underneath, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavor but it’s overwhelmed by the wood, rye and whiskey flavors. Decent but a bit harsh and one dimensional making it tougher to drink and not as interesting as the other treatments.
Heather_B (245) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with caramel head. Smells like bourbon and chocolate and deliciousness in a glass. Taste is fairly bitter chocolate. Not my fave.
WillRunForBeer (2004) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle with forest green wax shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Tasted against the Woodford variant. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, coffee, , rye. Taste is chocolate, rye, coffee, oak. smoother and slightly sweeter than the Woodford variant.