Iphonephan (4304) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle at Fresh Craft in Denver, shared with Kermis and jmgreeneuk.. Batch no. 2. Pours black with a slight tan head. Aromas of plums and dark cherries. Flavors of dark stone fruits with hints of bittersweet chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Intensely boozy with a lingering alcohol finish.
RobertDale (4199) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a decent brown head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherries, bourbon, coffee, and wood. A big time beer.
dEnk (4193) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Thanks vaiz! Aroma flows to my nose as vaiz poens the bottle over a meter away. Chocolate, caramel and vanilla hit the nose. A closer look brings big burned molasses and caramel, liquorice, caramel, vanilla, (medicinal) alcohol, roast, etc etc. Flavour is huge burning roasty chocolate liquorice rocketfuel malt caramel bonanza. Later bourbon, wood, caramel, malt etc etc. Lingers for ever. Keeps evolving. Hefty though.
sonnycheeba (4192) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and roasted malt, prunes, earthy hops, oak, milk chocolate, and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominate with oak and some supporting hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; bourbon undertones throughout with a dry finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
tkrjukoff (4169) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 12 oz tnx to adnielsen, shared with ÷rjan. Pours pitch black with a small brown head leaving laces. Aroma is sweet acidy roasted malty fruity vanilla dill dark fruits a bit nutty alcohol. Flavor is velvety lean roasted malty sweet vanilla chocolate slightly smokey bitter coffee; darn so good. Finishes sweet malty bitter.
joeneugs (4141) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle from a trading partner that I canít remember at the moment. Thanks again! It pours black, super thick and oily with a medium sized, lasting brown head. Looks really nice. The aroma is even better. Very little fusel alcohols like I was expecting, just chocolaty goodness with some mild notes of soy sauce, nutty bourbon, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt. The flavor is just as good. Strong, yes, but itís amazing how well the alcohol is hidden. Yes, its sweet but not cloyingly so for this kind of beer. Sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon hits you first with notes of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Wow. This is brilliant stuff. The body is velvety with the perfect amount of carbonation. The finish is warming, but not harsh. I keep comparing this to some the high alcohol Mikkeller stouts Iíve had, and theres really no comparison. Not a soy sauce or prune bomb, and so easy to sip on. No complaints here. A real masterpiece.
nearbeer (4121) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Pour is midnight black with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is raisin liqueur, oak, soy and chocolate. Tastes of mint chocolate, alcohol, raisin and toasted grain. Heavy body is decently balanced and has low-medium carbonation. The big abv is fairly well hidden. Pretty straightforward aroma and flavors are none too complex, but the effort to make a huge beer is duly noted.
TimE (4067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color. A bit too rough, dark chocolate with a fair amount of oak. Sweet malty mouth with lots of tooties rolls. Very sweet. Still a bit too rough to rate properly. I would like to revisit in a year or two.
zvikar (4000) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a nice brown head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla, flavor of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and wood, full bodied. Great.
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe itís actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.