McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Top marks to Benny H for this wan...
Thick black and a cushion of brassy tan head. Nose is rich sweet strums of melted toffee and booze, very little choc unless you’re reaching for it. All in this was a big steam ash of soft coconut, lightest drying choc and the best boozy sweetness I’ve had in a long time. A real hug of a mouthfeel, prices of bourbon on the linger. Came and went too quickly. Would have loved a cheeky blend of this and the Hawawawain.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black with tight tan head. Glorious aroma, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, char. Taste is beautifully balanced, coconut, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, char, all in equal proportions and nothing overpowering. Silky smooth and creamy texture with moderately long finish. This beer is as close to perfection as you’re going to get
Stuu666 (10566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the hanging bat. Pours black, nose is toffee, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, taste is similar, sweet, chewy toffee.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vintage 2012. New Year’s Eve beer shared with my wife. Appearance is thick black with mocha head. Aroma charred oak, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is vanilla, fudge, followed by oak, with a bitter coffee finish. Medium mouthfeel. Tons of barrel character in this, lots of coffee flavour also, but the barrel is very prominent in this. It’s a much bolder version compared to the original. Very good, but a bit much for my lady.
crajun (1174) - , Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
incredible aroma! molasses, wood (smoke?) vanilla, wood, bourbon. 5 for app and palate. Taste was velvet. this was bottled 10/13.... bourbon notes, chocolate, malt. warming alcohol burn at end. one of the finest beers ever! Thank you to a wonderful trader who sent this to me!!!
Cunningham (6948) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well I more or less feel they have destroyed a very good beer. This must be heaven for barrel aged lovers. Because the barrel aging had destroyed most of the other flavors. And it have become an two dimensional beer. Whisky and chocolate. Ok. Nothing wrong with the beer. Just a bit boring. I have more of these bottles and will surely trade them for something more complex than this.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a big bourbon barrel aged stout that has been good consistently one of the best. Deep dark colors and tastes right on point with not too much bourbon and the addition of coffee brings out some vanilla and chocolate flavors. Really great taste on the palate and a BA Bourbon beer that everyone should try. Cheers!
NordicV (1943) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart öl med ett lätt ljusbrunt skum. Doft av mörk choklad och bourbon. Även rostad malt och karamell. I smaken tillkommer lätta inslag av fat och lakrits. Föredrar orginalet.
jredmond (7444) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade; shared with Streets, his dad, Kevin, Clay, Baron and Danny in the hotel room prior to Street’s and Annie’s wedding. Pours a deep pitch black with bright tan lacing. Aroma is sweet sugar, plum, bourbon, chocolate syrup and brownie. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of rich chocolate, bourbon, sweet sugar, plum, wood and brownie. A bit too much sweetness to really love it, but it’s a solid bourbon-aged stout.
Benzai (13881) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [from trade with jtclockwork, huge thanks!] 2006, no. 103/235, shared with Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Opaque black color, small brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, port notes, a hint of red fruit, red wine. Taste malts, bourbon, red wine, port notes, some roast, medium bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. It’s clear that the beer has a couple of years on it sort of speak, but it’s still pretty good. If only I could have tasted it back then..