BVery (5935) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via trade. Super dark thick pour with a reddish brown head. Huge aroma of bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, soy, and some booze. Warming taste with a nice full palate. This is crazy good! Had side-by-side with regular BCS, and it beat BCS (for me). No kidding. Itís that good.
mcberko (5931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from doobliebop (thanks a lot, Ryan!). Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is very rich, full of bourbon barrels and dark chocolate fudge upfront, some oatmeal and dark roasted malt. Flavour is extremely rich and quite sweet, of liqueur, dark chocolate fudge, soy sauce and lots of alcohol - not much bourbon flavours, the effect from the barrel aging is quite present in the booziness and light wood flavours. The sweetness doesnít cloy, but the alcohol burns quite a bit, though without detracting from drinkability (for a 17+% beer) or complexity. Very good, if a boozy bourbon bomb.
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle, bought from Beer Run in Virginia for $12. Batch 1, bottled 3/27/12. Black color. Awesome thin dark brown head. Little bits of lace everywhere. Amazing aroma. Big vanilla, bourbon barrel; some chocolate brownie and roasted malt. With a beer this big, my first thought often is "how harsh is the alcohol?". For 17.5, this is amazingly sippable. No burn, just a big warmth. You notice big alcohol, but thereís a fantastic flavor throughout the whole thing to back it up (that is much like what I described in the aroma, but more alcoholic). Big body, pretty chewy. Viscous for sure. Silky is right. Light stickiness in the finish, but I donít mind it at all. Part of that super-long vanilla roasty bitter chocolate warming aftertaste. Great sweet taste, with a bitter finish. This beer is nuts. If it wasnít $12 a bottle, this would be a regular choice for me. Very likely, the tastiest brew Iíve had over 17% ABV. Love it.
douglas88 (5789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. A major want! Pours a pure black color with a small brown head after a big, initially pretty frothy. A great nose of cocoa, barrel and dark chocolates. Big flavors of more chocolate, intense sweet dark fruit, bourbon, more oak, some red win type notes, heat, oat. Loads of sweetness and heat, but damn it is good.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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Camons (5610) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a small brown ring of foam along the glasssides. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, booze. Flavor is malts, coffee, dark chocolate/chocolate cake, raisins, oak, bourbon, woodnotes, some booze. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. Very nice brew. 120712
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. fuller bodiedblack pour. Powerful beer, very agressive. huge roastiness, bourbon notes, dark chocolate. very boozy at 17%. active mouthfeel that keeps tastebuds overworked. a lot going on here. very small sips
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like old motor oil, slimy and pitch black, with barely a froth to speak of. The aroma is simply daunting -- boiling over with thick alcohol and oak. This drinks with a BIG, rich, chocolate-laden swirl, burning with just the right amount of whiskey oak. Wow, and double wow. Brilliant! (#4957, 3/12/2013)
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle at Waldos Pizza. Holy Fuck this is an amazing brew. Black with a thin brown head. Chocolate caramel vanilla bourbon maple and wood aroma. Tastes of candy chocolate bourbon strong vanilla and oak caramel and light toasted coconut all swirling together with a light alcohol burn to the finish. Nice cherry flavors emerge as it warms a bit. Thick sticky and oily palate. Excellent overall.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Flossmoor Pre-DLD Gathering (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a a rich deep thick blackish pourn thicker with a dark brownish head that dies to a ring, laces ok. Aromas are touches of spirit, oak, but more malt drive, toffee, toast, and biscuits. Caramel, sweeter essence. Initial is thick and full offering Bourbon, spirit, and molasses. Thick and rich, caramel and toffee, biscuits. Some toffee, lots of rich dark cocoa, vanilla, and spirit. A good thickness, spirit, rich sweetness into middle and backend. Good lord, thick and rich, good barrel but not thinned. A good complexity with toasted oak, vanilla, roast, toast, lots of dark chocolate. Rich and thick, hot and lovely awesome flavors. A winner, if a bit big and rich. Still, surprisingly easy going.