dfroms (453) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled March 2012. Pours reddish black, no head. Aroma is bourbon, plum, cherry, cacao, caramel, deep and rich. Taste is brandied raisin, cacao, bourbon, maple, bitter coffee. Slightly harsh, boozy, and woody finish. Very good.
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle from a great trader, poured July 3, 2014. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark brown head, nice and creamy. Aroma of chocolate, mellow bourbon, vanilla, caramel, anise, oak char. Reminds me a lot of Black Note on the nose. Very rich smelling yet not over the top. Flavor follows with a nice vanilla chocolate caramel note, dark fruits, long roasty finish with lingering vanilla, definite char flavors from the oaky bourbon barrels. Huge rich mouthfeel that is right on the nose with low medium carbonation. While this has a hard yet more on the fruity side than I tend to like in the style, there is no question this is world class. The bourbon barrels only accent the flavors and this isn't just some huge bourbon bomb. Nicely done.
markextrae (1599) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 shared bottle. poured dark black with a small tan head. incredible! sweet roasted malts, bakers chocolate, small coffee hints, vanilla, oak, marshmallows, caramel, nuts, honey, sweet bourbon, but not overwelming, incredible mouthfeel. smooth with a long lasting aftertaste. real sipper. but oooh this was good!
Danyel (1281) - Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla, touch of smoke, rich, wood. Taste is very silky, rich, sweet, lots of vanilla, coconut. Really gooood!!
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours black with a faint brown head that rapidly dissipates. Oily lace left behind as the beer is swirled in the snifter.
Nose is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and treacle toffee.
Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Slight amount of carbonation keeps it from being cloying.
Flavor is treacle, blackstrap molasses, and coffee. Notable alcohol heat in the long finish.
Quote excellent and sadly hard to come by. It would be nice to save one and see how it ages, but the one I had was hard to come by.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
SlovakSniper (3634) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Tasting session #1 with Frank) 341 ml. Batch 3. Embouteillée le 4 février 2014. Version à 14.83%. Une liqueur noire. Un nez exubérant de mélasse, de chocolat, de fruits noirs, de bourbon caramélisé, d’alcool réconfortant, de bois fumé et de tabac. De longues et profondes saveurs de caramel foncé, de bourbon doux, de chocolat, de fudge, de pruneaux, de figues, de raisins, de tabac, de porto et de sherry. Complètement envoûtant. Je dirais même plus : hallucinantes flaveurs. Une bouche comme un vin fortifié touché par des bulles complètement langoureuses. Une finale dangereuse par son alcool poivré et habile par ses malts débilement rôtis. Solide interprétation du style. Dans la cour des grands.
Salmoniform (1192) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with tan brown head. Aroma is huge with essences of chocolate, tobacco, leather, prunes, caramel, roasted malt, licorice. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and soft body. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice bitterness in the following and a slight ethanol finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic brew!!
77ships (4765) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Kraddel. Thanks! 355 ml. bottle split by 2 @ Barely legal tasting room. This version was bottled on 27/06/2013. ABV 16.13 %. Pours lighter black with a surprisingly bit dark chocolate mouse, the head does sinks reasonably fast but does remain longer than expected. Nose is quite boozy, liquorish, syrupy, surprisingly no chocolate here, molasses and almost straight up alcohol. Tastes heavily on the alcoholic side with thick liquorish, molasses, herbs, brown sugar, harsh, chunk of alcoholic cheaper bourbon, roast. Syrupy body. This makes me think of Black Tuesday. Quite a fun beer but also bit of an unbalanced alcoholic mess. Bit surprised that this in the top 50 of RIS, in this case I do really think that the high ABV is partially responsible for that.
kraddel (4344) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle bought from Bobochamp
Pours black , small grey foam
Smell is sweet, malty .
Taste is bitter, coffee, chocolate, sweet , bourbon , oak , very full, thick beer . Awesome , really my kind of beer !
jntfan1978 (45) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black with medium brownish head. Smells like a chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Sweet flavor bourbon, vanilla molasses, chocolate, and slight oak.