PhillyCraft (3393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capones with some friends. Pours a viscous black with syrupy head and lacing. Both on the smaller side though. Aromas were wood, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and bourbon whiskey. Taste is much of the same with a nice dark plum flavor on top of the rich bourbony notes. This one is scary considering the heavy alc is barely present. Need another to lay down for a couple.
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is damp wood, coffee, bourbon and dark chocolate. Rich and malty but something is a bit off. Not quite thick; coating with a tingle finishing like a shot of whiskey. Taste is espresso, cane sugar, raisin and bourbon. It’s big, but lacking some finesse.
CanIHave4Beers (3334) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a small head and a bit o’ lace.
The aroma is bourbon & chocolate for the most part. It’s boozy smelling but surprisingly not horribly so. Plenty of vanilla and maple syrup sweetness in the nose. Rich and pungent. Cool.
The flavor is way way boozy, ashy, and over roasty. Extraordinarily rough and alcoholic in the finish. It’s got a good bit of brown sugar and it’s more sweet than it is rich, although the raisin and dark fruit thing is good. The bourbon character is pretty damned nice, oaky and vanilla forward, but the alcohol comes across brash and like cheap vodka... Gracious this finishes rough.
The palate is just heavy, not really big and mouth coating, not really pleasantly lingering, just heavy with a wrenching finish.
Kind of a cool beer, my 1oz sample was more than enough, and I didn’t want any more of it at all after that was finished.
SlovakSniper (3285) - 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.
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at churchkey august 2013
Pours dark brown pretty much black witb a small kacki head nose is all over the place lots oc vanilla chocolate lite char. Damn huge boozy flavors of char dark chocolate and vanilla. Bg beer here but not what I’m into I guess that biases my rating
BelgianBeerGal (3234) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a shared bottle at pre-DLD party. Honestly I expected this to be a complete train wreck at 17+ ABV and brought to us by Avery (they’ve been known to over do it IMHO). However, this was certainly potent but not obnoxious. Good.
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pitch oily-black with a small brown head. Aroma of sweet preserved fruits, roasted malts, oak, bourbon. Extremely sweet, extremely thick, raisins, preserved plums, bourbon with a (maybe too) strong alcoholic note cutting through. Full bodied, massive, full frontal overload - would prefer a few hops to balance out the finish. Drikable only in small doses
reggiedunlop (3182) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a medium dark mocha head...decent retention. Aroma is boozy...dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is sweet with dark chocolate and carmelized sugar...some coffee...very roasty and mildly boozy...bourbon creeps in as this warms. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a sweet/roasty very warm and long finish. This is desert for cold nights!
JStax (3172) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours thick, syrupy dark brown to ruby with a great tan head of foam. Super sweet and malty with some nice cocao nibs. Hearty vanilla and graham crackers come through in the taste. Velvety and creamy on the tongue. I didn’t really expect to like this nearly as much as I did. This is one hell of a beer.
tom10101 (3017) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12 oz). Thanks Os! Black with a small quickly diminishing beige head and no lacing. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with molasses, red fruits, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, coconut, soy sauce and light bitterness. Obviously, there’s alcohol warming in there. Sticky hot finish. Full body. Low to moderate carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Really complex brew with a fairly good balance. Good drinkability for a 17,42% abv RIS. I tried it on an hot summer day and I had no problem to drink my half of the bottle.