Theydon_Bois (8114) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, huge thanks to Paulo Scopester for this whopper, 13/08/14 #345/817.
Black with a good sized tan covering that soon dissipates to edgework and spotting.
Nose is dark fruit rinds, dark chocolate, BA woody essence, spice, dates, fruit loaf.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, light coconut shavings, BA bourbonage evident, woody rinse, more chocolate decadance, dark toffee fudge, light spice, vanilla essence.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, light roasty vibes and BA effect in the close.
Super solid stuff, this has aged really well, top draw BA stout.
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Jacks. Bottle #345/817. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, sweet, toasted coconut, vanilla, juicy, wood, marshmallow, toffee and earth. The taste is bitter-sweet, cocoa, toasty coconut, bourbon, earth, must, vanilla, alcohol, spice and wood with a dry, woody finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Rather nice.
Leighton (10698) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours dark brown with a bubbly tan head. The nose has lots of dried dark fruits, dates and figs, cherries, wood, vanilla. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of aged fruits, berries, toffee, some burnt marshmallow, vanilla pods, mild burnt wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, further vanilla, toasty cocoa, earth, wood, raisins, some leathery fruits. Excellent. Has aged incredibly well.
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Paulie. Deep hazy brown with a small head. Toasted shredded coconut, shag tobacco, vanilla and bourbon-soaked wood. Mellow cherry meat. Some oxidization, leather. The taste has plenty of barrel character. Vanilla and caramel shake. Brownie. Slightly hot. Lives up to its name. Quite viscous and strong. Good.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, fairly large bubbled, brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is rich, concentrated brown / black color that, when held up directly to the light, shows a brilliantly clear, very dark, burnt amber hue with rich red overtones. The aroma smells prominently of Bourbon barrels; sweet, vanillin, toasted sweet coconut, bits of spicy alcohol, lots of rich toasted nutty notes, plus some ample sweet dark caramel notes, as well as lots of underlying, clean, oxidation notes that lean towards rich nutty notes, sherry, and dark, caramelized fruit.
Sweet up front, lots of toasted, caramelized nutty notes up front as well, and then the finish is hot, with spicy Bourbon, lots of toasted coconut, ample vanillin, and an astringent, woody character in the finish that amplifies the alcohol a bit. Bits of roasted character add some bitterness here, notes of cold, concentrated black coffee, and a bit of charred wood character. Nutty barrel notes are accentuated by rich sherry oxidation notes; the oxidation is well balanced by the dominant barrel notes, so it is not objectionable at all. The oxidation also accentuates some prune like fruitiness, some bourbon soaked raisins, and some fig notes.
Not bad, but not nearly what I had hoped, the Bourbon barrel is definitely dominant here, which makes the beer spicy, hot, and just a bit harsh. This is still drinkable enough though, and is good in small doses.
Lothore (548) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep dark brownish hue with a solid head that dissipates to some nice lacing.
S- Lots of bourbon notes, vanilla, roasted malts and hints of whiskey.
T- Thick and creamy. Chocolate and roasted malt make up the backbone and give way to a big bourbon presence throughout the entirety.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This was a huge beer and didn’t quite come together for me but I still enjoyed it.
ThirstyBird (1506) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating from ’10. A big thank you to jedwards for sharing this one!!!
Pours dark brown/black. Tan head mostly a big ring. Smell is rich roasted malt, chocolate, buttery. Huge flavor - chocolate, black licorice, butterscotch, bourbon, coconut and some alcohol. Active carbonation with a fine structure. Medium/full body - really nice and smooth. Overall this beer is really something - smooth, rich and delicious!
tkrjukoff (4030) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 75 cl shared with Johannes. Pours black brown with a nice tanned bubbly head. Aroma is intense vanilla dill sweet bready caramel molasses, so good. Flavor is spot on balanced malty boozy roasted sweet...as aroma. Good bitter malty finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 ml bottle (267/817) via trade with badlizard several years ago. Thanks Joe - I’ve been sittin’ on this beer for awhile. Waiting for the right occasion. I’ve thought about sharing it with my homebrew club, the AZ crew, or family. Well, I’ve decided to be selfish, and drink the crown jewel of my cellar by myself (actually my wife helped). Reason being, Elaine Schubert, my mother died this morning after she finally succumb to her battle with cancer. So why not drink a great beer to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman.
I won’t go into detail about the beer. You can read all the other reviews. With that said, this beer is absolutely wonderful. Probably one of the best beers I’ve tried. Time has done this beer good. So I think I’ve finally found a beer I can rate a 5.0. Also, I think this would be a good beer end end my rating. Love ya mom.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with a thin mocha head. Aroma on this is booze, dark fruit, chocolate, faint vanilla, oak and sweetness. Taste is bitter chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla and oak. Nice creamy balanced medium to full bodied beer with good a good clean finish.