drjay44 (2773) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting, mocha head with come lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body....nose is soy, roast meat, hints of vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits (raisin, fig, plum)....taste is sweet brown sugar, molasses, heavy dried fruit including raisin, fig, plum, lighter soy, beef, light vanilla, bourbon interlaced with hints of chocolate, cocoa....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol burn present, carbonation makes a foamy, creamy sensation. This is a huge, complex, heavy, sweet beer. The aromas and flavors are wonderful in their diversity. The Bourbon barrel was deftly handled making for a rich nourishing meal in a glass. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8
jake65 (2754) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, this was a huge bonus sent my way by JohnGalt1, straight off my want list. Super stoked to get to try this, many thanks. Bottle, 2012 release: Pours a very dark brown, near black and is topped with a thick finger of brown head that quickly dies back. As soon as I popped the cap, the aroma permeates the room. It is hugely sweet, dark fruits and molasses, with a healthy amount of influence from the bourbon barrels. Taste is sweeter than expected, but consistent with the nose. Molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel. Some chocolate. I can sense the high ABV, but itís well hidden. Silky smooth and a great finishÖ warms the lips. The only detriment is the all-encompassing sweetness, at least for my taste.
Huhzubendah (2738) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of those beers Iíve been wanting to try for a while, but hadnít had an opportunity. Shared with my buddy Dave.
The beer is near black with a quarter inch of silky beige collar. The aroma brings dark chocolates, roast, huge malt profile, bourbon, oak. Some vanilla and barrel notes, but more chocolate and bourbon. A delicious beer! So smooth. I honestly hadnít looked at the abv. I thought it was around 12-13%. 17.42% abv?!? Are you serious. Apparently, itís serious, because I felt pretty awesome after I finished my 6 oz. Outstanding beer and well deserving of the high ratings.
ajnepple (2724) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared. Black with a brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Amazing.
Damico (2722) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black oil with almost no head. The aroma brings chocolate vanilla brownies, the vanilla oak is a little more prevalent. The flavor is so smooth for the ridiculous ABV, the
jrob21 (2706) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage shared at first sunday. Deep rich and dark. Vanilla and roasty malt. Some chocolate flavors as well. Bourbon sweet and a bit of the rich chewy grain. The bourbon is still a little dominant here but the stout impression comes through well and adds complexity.
kerenmk (2699) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks DSG. Black with mocha-colour head. Vanilla and some chestnut aroma, along with chocolate and apple pureeí. Tastes a little alcoholic with notes of new wood. Full body, no carbonation, slightly alcoholic aftertaste accompanied by raisins
snoworsummer (2650) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours almost black with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like strong, sweet, thick syrup. Very boozy, like bourbon with hints of rum, raisin, and chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation. Very pungent flavor. Astringent smell of rubbing alcohol and bourbon, with molasses, chocolate, and raisins.
VsXsV (2552) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with fast dissipating, small tan head. Aroma of wood, coffee, licorice, vanilla/bourbon, leather, oats, dark fruit, raw sugar and bitter chocolate. Taste is very sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, licorice, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation. Quite a bit of alcohol. Very nice still.
Aniela (2526) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Batch 1. Black beer with a brown head. Licorice, coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits and malty aroma. Dark dried dried fruits, coffee, vanilla and licorice flavour. Nice one :-)