birdmachine (153) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage – Stored upright since released and opened at room temperature with minimal movement. GUSHER WARNING. Half pour into a snifter glass. Aroma is heavy on the bourbon, with a big boozy whiff, dark fruits, molasses, anise, charred oak. It took some time to recognize anything other than booze. The beer pours black with brown/red hues and looks a lot thinner than expected. Absolutely no head, no lacing, but huge sheets of alcohol and long alcohol legs dripping down. Taste is up front sticky caramel, sugary sweet vanilla, light cocoa (definitely not milk or dark chocolate), light toffee, big bourbon boozy note, light prune, light grapey note too. The after taste is mostly vanilla and caramel. Body is medium-light, somewhat creamy, but mostly syrupy sweet and low carbonation. There are lingering aftertaste of wood and vanilla. Big alcohol spice and moderate warmth, medium astringency. Overall, it seems too early to drink this beer. The boozy note kind of leaves an unpleasant sharpness on the nose and the alcohol bite overpowers the finish. But I guess that should be expected for a beer this big. The upfront taste is nice sticky caramel and big vanilla notes make it a nice sipper.
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at The Bruery, 2013 vintage. First thing that got my attention was smooth, really smooth. For an 18% beer, the finish and body made this easy to drink. The aroma was like fresh baked cocoa nibs, layered chocolate cake, and roasted walnuts. Taste was complex between red dried fruits, caramel, and cafe mocha. easily a top 10 beer.
davey101 (598) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Max! Pours a pitch black with a surprisingly long lasting cap of tan foam. Thin lacing with alcohol legs. Nose is huge on this. Vanilla, char, oak, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, fusel alcohol, and marshmallow. Incredibly sweet, rich and decadent. The taste is so full and coating. Starts off with chocolate malt, sweet vanilla and marshmallow, caramelized pit fruits, and then finishes with a lingering bourbon burn. It’s a boozy beer, but no more then most 12-15%’ers. No way this feels like 19.2%. This is a really impressive beer and lives up to the hype and price tag. Very impressive!
after4ever (5847) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped. Thanks j! Pours a murky ebony. Gourmet soy sauce, dark baking chocolate, and vodka on the nose. Sticky thick sugary body. Light carb. Dark chocolate, coffee, and lots of soy sauce on the mid palate. Long and very earthy finish.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours near black with dark tan head. Aromas of bourbon, rich chocolate, dark, fruit, roast, and caramel. Flavors of bourbon and tons of chocolate. Fair amount of roast and a little dark fruit and vanilla mixed in. Really pretty subdued for such a huge beer. Thought I was going hate this, but turned out to be pretty damn tasty.
zach8270 (3165) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 750 ml - 2012 vintage) Dark black with a brown head. Bourbon and chocolate with some vanilla. Smooth chocolate flavor at the start with tons of roast and sweet bourbon notes. Alcohol is more hidden in this one and overall much smoother than the Chocolate Rain.
OPIE788 (216) - Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle. Big oak barrel and dark fruit mixed with some cocoa aroma. Smooth beer with everything good you expect from a bourbon barrel: vanilla, caramel, char. The alcohol is softer in this one than it was in the last few Bruery beers of this caliber I had. Really good.
JustDrinkIt (211) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dates, prunes. Flavor is chocolate cake, bourbon, toffee.
Nikiel (862) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from Bridgetown. Pours super dark. I can’t judge the smell from the sterilization of the glass. Tastes very sweet with tons of brown sugar and ginger and bourbon.
camborne (630) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn. This is one big bad motha. Big time alcohol with solid roasted malt, vanilla , dark fruit and wood notes. Don’t drink this alone.