TimE (4895) - 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.
badgerben (4827) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color with a whispy head. Strong molasses, roasted barley, and vanilla. Big rum, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavor. Some dark berries, light tar, and roast. Very full bodied.
travita (4805) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The look is dark, blackish brown in color, with a tan head. The smell is wood, whiskey, chocolate, rye, spicy, rich, and alcohol. The taste is chocolate, wood, sweet, alcohol, whiskey, malt, and good.
nearbeer (4785) - 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.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black pour with one finger of dark tan head. Nose shows wood, bourbon, alcohol, fruit skins, and molasses. Warming alcohol in the flavor with fruit skins and wood. Apple shows on the finish, sharp.
jkwalking05 (4568) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is of heavy oak, vanilla, roasted malt, spicy notes, and light smoke. Taste is of vanilla, bourbon, rye, oak, roasted malt, prune, molasses, and booze.
snoworsummer (4481) - 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.
AdamChandler (4473) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at 55F in a Snifter. Bottled March 27th, 2012
A - Pours a viscous midnight black. Very thick and oily. No head at all. Minor lacing on the edge of the glass. Dark amber on the edge of the glass.
S - Big chocolate at the front followed by vanilla and dried figs. Very complex and a more mild bourbon scent than I expected.
T - Wow. Up front though is a very high licorice taste which is a turn off. Pepper, vanilla and gigantic bourbon taste. Follow up is oak and a hint of cheese. There’s this tropical mango and pineapple taste at the finish.
M - 50% carbonation. Heavy body. The booze is not as noticeable as I would expect. I expected the booze to be much stronger! It’s manageable for 17%+. Finish is this dry boozy and fruity burn that continues for a while.
O - This is a love hate. I’m not wowed, it’s not balanced but, for a high ABV, it’s still very drinkable. This is surprising but I wouldn’t seek it out again. cheers!
_angst_ (4406) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Aaron! Pours viscous pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla fudge, high quality dark chocolate, alcohol, charred wood, toffee, burnt caramel, coconut, sweetened dark roast coffee, cookies, fresh oak and hints of hay and moist soil. Taste is sweet, bitter and salty with heavily roasted malts, soy sauce, bourbon, salty liquorice, raisins in rum, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, vanilla fudge, coconut, alcohol, fresh oak, caramel, prunes, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, orange zest and molasses. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, soft, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, burnt raisins and hints of coconut milk. Unbalanced and a bit too salty but still quite nice.
Martinus (4387) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, alcohol, cacao. Bitter flavour, alcohol, somewhat sweet, bitter liquorice. Alcoholic finish, cacao, coffee, bourbon, lingering bitter.
(from 35.5cL bottle shared @ home. 2015 bottling)