zickbeer_ye (327) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warm vanilla and cocoa aromas with Some concord grape and soy and bourbon undertones. Light brown head and dark black body. Sweet cocoa and vanilla flavor with some berry and hot bourbon finish. Smooth at first but very hot in the end.
Emeister84 (1410) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy roasted coffee aromas, booze, bourbon, milk chocolate, toasted almonds. Black with a lasting small tan head. Initial chocolatey malt sweetness, hot with whiskey, like a boiler-maker. Full bodied, booze runs hot throughout and long after the finish.
jbeatty (1149) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 04/05/2015. Pours dark brown, thin dark head dissipates to a haze on the surface. Aroma of ground coffee, strong and spicy, rich caramel and vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon undertones. Taste is coffee grounds, cocoa, bitterness blending with booze, sharp sweet chocolate,bourbon. Medium thick body, belying the beers true abv. Intense, but quite nice as a sipper.
Minderbinder (2333) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate. Taste is of lots of chocolate, roasted malt, bitterness, molasses, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Pretty good. A sipper. Just sligtly boozy.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @DC tasting ][ ? ][ mini tumbler ][ 02.15.15 ]
black, thin beige head, oily cap. Heavy marshmallow sugar grit and moderate booze in nose. Front palate is candy-liquor, heavy milk chocolate and booze, sticky and burning mid palate before hot, only chocolate end.
tom10101 (3580) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle @ EBF.
Appearance: Pitch black with a small bubbly brown head and little lacing.
Aroma: Boozy, but less than you expect from a nearly 20% abv beer and 1000x less boozy than Black Tuesday for example. A burst of coffee at first followed by rich caramelized malts along strong bourbon and vanilla notes. There’s also some spicy oak features.
Taste: Rich caramelized malts along massive coffee presence. It’s sweet but it’s also well balanced by the warming alcohol. Bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits. Some coffee bitterness.
Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Coffee finish. Lenghty pleasant alcohol warmth (it’s not burning).
Overall: I’m impressed by this one as I usually dislike very high abv stouts. Really well balanced for what it is. Rich, deep and tasty. Of course, I would never drink a full bottle of this (even though they are in 12 oz, which is a so much better idea than friggin 750 ml of near 20% abv beers), but it’s a great sipper. Much enjoyed!
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beaumont Market, Portland. Pours a very dark brown, medium brown head. Aroma is very roasty, coconut, vanilla, some dulce de leche. Body very roasty, finish is very hot, but roasty coffee notes smooth it out. Yikes! Would buy it again and sit on it for a couple years.
kambei70 (752) - - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3015 bottle. Pours a completely opaque black with a yellow khaki head that sustains surprisingly well and settles to a thin film and ring and leaves good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon and a hint of umami. Big chocolate and bourbon in the taste with plenty of alcohol. It has a smooth roastiness and just a bit of coffee bean flavor and woodiness. Finishes with a moderate roasty bitterness and alcohol flavor and warmth. Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. Too much alcohol and not near enough coffee. The bourbon really dominates this beer. Would have liked more contrast.
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thirdeye11 (5716) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle) inky espresso brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose of sweet coffee/espresso, rich, toasty marshmallow, mild funk, alcohol, chocolate malt. Taste of alcohol, toasty chocolate malt, medium roast, rich coffee, marshmallow, medium thick body, boozy linger.
JohnnyJ (4774) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Pitch black, with a small tan head. Boozy, strong coffee, chocolate, bourbon, raisin, prunes, vanilla, strong alcohol bite, and very sweet sugary molases. Obviously this is a sipping beer, enjoyed on rare occasion.