callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black body, with just the tiniest bit of khaki foam. No lacing. Viscous pour. Nose is absolutely dominated by bourbon notes. Accented by some dark chocolate, caramel, and traces of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is similar. The bourbon character is perhaps a bit too forward and holds this back from being in the top tier. That said, the bourbon notes are quite nice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, slick on the palate.
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - 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 oí lace.
The aroma is bourbon & chocolate for the most part. Itís 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. Itís got a good bit of brown sugar and itís 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 didnít want any more of it at all after that was finished.
Aniela (3537) - 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 :-)
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a nose of bourbon toast on a bed cocoa and chocolate Nestle Quick for adults. Nose is wooden old, with bourbon chips in a bowl of Red Wine Grape Nuts. Hints of licorice and buttered sugar biscuit too. Flavor is chocolate coffe in a cherry bourbon barrtel with Jello chocolate pudding. Thick mouthfeel. Despite the ABV, itís never boozy. Good beer.
AdamChandler (3521) - 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. Thereís 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! Itís manageable for 17%+. Finish is this dry boozy and fruity burn that continues for a while.
O - This is a love hate. Iím not wowed, itís not balanced but, for a high ABV, itís still very drinkable. This is surprising but I wouldnít seek it out again. cheers!
TheEpeeist (3520) - 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. Itís big, but lacking some finesse.
jrallen34 (3495) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
lucky to find this at a local bar, glad I had it now 7 months after bottling, fresh Iím sure this bad boy was very hot... dark brown pout, a bit thin dark tan head fades fast... the aroma is very strong and hot, tons of alcohol, a bit fusel, as it warms it calms down showing off bourbon and vanilla... the taste is quite excellent and much more balanced than the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol, a bit of marshmellow sugaryness... the alcohol is present but hidden excellently for the abv... pretty stellar beer that will be coming into its prime in the near future
_angst_ (3451) - GŲteborg, 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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fobab 10. From the king of huge beers, apparently. Pours black with a dark brown head. Nose is big. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, faint bourbon. Coffee notes and rich stout qualities. On tasting, like a huge oatmeal stout. Lush on the palate, light warming. Bourbon is there but not dominate. The malt supports it for sure. Big beer and really nice.
reggiedunlop (3416) - 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!