Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily black, moderate mocha head that faded quickly. Rich milk chocolate, black coffee, marshmallow, brown sugar, plums, figs, and soy sauce. 6/27/13 vintage, very bourbon forward. Sticky, sweet, and viscous, but gives way to a sharp, biting bitterness from the high alcohol content. Malty, full-bodied, and a long finish.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black and oily with a small dark brown head. Huge nose, lots of caramel and vanilla, bourbon, light oak, velvety chocolate, roasted malt, slightly nutty, boozy, molasses, and coconut. This is a HUGE beer, lots of coffee and dark fruit up front on the taste, vanilla and molasses, oak and bourbon, very boozy (could definitely stand to sit for a year or many more), dark bitter chocolate, and a hint of cherry. Huge bodied beer, so complex, so rich, yet still goes down smooth. Expected a boozy mess, and while there was a fair amount of alcohol there, it wasnít a detracting character.
umich03jm (1973) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle from trade with dogday. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a small head that quickly fades to a ring. Big vanilla bourbon aroma with some chocolate, soy, almonds, molasses, and light alcohol. Taste is heavy on the bourbon but remains very smooth somehow. Lots of vanilla, soy, and chocolate too. Moderately sweet with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Boozy finish. Very thick body and a creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is just awesome. Overall, itís a bit heavy on the bourbon but I still love how smooth it is at this abv. And I love the underlying flavors and the mouthfeel. I bet this beer is just awesome in 2 years.
jhamp9 (1050) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black with a dark brown head that fades down to a ring. Aroma is full of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and dates. Taste is wood and vanilla initially then some bourbon comes through before finishing with sweet milk chocolate and raisins. Chocolately coffee aftertaste that lasts quite a while. Full velvety texture. Amazing how well the alcohol is concealed. This beer is phenomenal.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
batch #2. pitch black, minimal dark brown head with short retention and no lacing. dark chocolate, slight courbon, oak, vanilla, toast, toffee, booze, molasses. heavy sweet, heavy bitter. full body, exceptionally smooth and creamy feel, soft carb, hot.
vtafro (3430) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Huge bourbon and whiskey aromas, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Flavors are bold and boozy, dark malts.
Errl (1595) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle..Tap is dark black with a dark tan head...Nose id chocolate , spice, bourbon, oak, classic avery barrel age taste...Taste chocolate, bourbon, oak, caramel..
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with minimal carbonated tan head.
Smell HUGE bourbon vanilla, cream and light fruit, no booze.
Taste vanilla up front, lots of heat and caramel in the middle, boozy and fudge in the back. Lots of booze on the tail, but ultra rich.
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a very viscous, opaque, oily black with some cloudy, beige head. Nose has a ton of molasses, burnt wood, light vanilla bean, coconut meat, malt, Kahlua, dark chocolate, a little soy. Slick in the mouth, the flavor is sweet, boozy, Kahlua, soy, almost a little salty fish sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toasted wood, coconut meat, cherry cordial. Full, sticky finish. This could have been a mess, but it wasnít. Smooth with lots of complexity.
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz, capped and foiled, very fresh. Thanks J! Pours opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that falls to a crazy whorl and eddy pattern, like the way freshwater and saltwater mix in an estuary and you can see the stripes. The head is brackish! Speaking of brackish, thereís salty soy sauce on the nose, along with roast, dark chocolate, oak, and lots of fumey bourbon and other alcohol. Not showing really heavy ethanol, which is a testament to their blending skills. Definitely some toasty oaty cerealy notes as well. Thick silky smooth slippery body--not buttery slippery, itís oaty slippery. Roasty toasty notes hit you, then dark chocolate and soy sauce, then sweet bourbon and oaky vanillaness. Long heavy chocolatey finish. Never develops a heavy vodka bite, not even a twang, and doesnít make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so itís hard to go up into stratospheric numbers, but this is designed to be a big ridiculous dessert beer, not a balanced and harmonious sipper. That it is as balanced and harmonious as it is merits a great score, so...38.