FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells of dense chocolate, coffee syrup, chalky roast malt, lots of hot alcohol (though not enough to be as objectionable as one might guess in a beer of this strength), burnt molasses, lots of toasted whole grain notes, and lots of burnt fruit character that leans towards prunes and figs. The barrel character is fairly subtle here, it does provide an accentuating vanillin character, perhaps a hint of woody flavors, astringency and accentuating spiciness.
Thick, rich, viscous, sweet, and dense up front, though the finish is more roasted, a bit warm and spicy with alcohol, and perhaps a touch chalky as well. Lots of ample roasted, burnt grain notes, lots of burnt dark chocolate notes, concentrated molasses, ample coffee liquor flavors, plus lots of savory, concentrated malt notes that approach umami like flavors in its concentration. The dense malt is accentuated by barrel aged vanillin notes, softly astringent woody oak, coconut notes come out more as the beer warms up. Burnt fruit notes are also found here, these meld with the barrel notes, the vanillin and the coconut flavors; suggestions of burnt raisins, and definite burnt prune flavors.
Quite a bit better than I was expecting; I was expecting a beer of this strength to be much more hot and objectionable. I like how well integrated the barrel aging is, and the fact that it doesnít add to the harshness that could so easily dominate a beer of this strength. In the end, this is quite a good beer, not just better than I was expecting (which admittedly wasnít much), it is actually quite tasty and enjoyable.
tkrjukoff (3360) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 12 oz tnx to adnielsen, shared with ÷rjan. Pours pitch black with a small brown head leaving laces. Aroma is sweet acidy roasted malty fruity vanilla dill dark fruits a bit nutty alcohol. Flavor is velvety lean roasted malty sweet vanilla chocolate slightly smokey bitter coffee; darn so good. Finishes sweet malty bitter.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - 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.
dmac (3166) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Capones. Poured a thick oily pitch black with a smaller creamy dark chocolate brown head. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, raisin, fig, dak chocolate, rum cake and chocolate cake bater. Full syrupy body with a solid dose of heat but not that much for the actual ABV, average carbonation with a super long lingering aftertaste. Flavor of charcoal, tar, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla extract, super burnt toast, bakers dark chocolate, dark fruit skins. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.
Nisse666 (3159) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wee bottle many thx to adnielsen cons 2012-11-24 GŲteborg
AR: mixtur of dark chocolate and soft smooth milk chocolate, little vanilla, and perhaps some bourbone oaked sences, when poured the aromas as strong from the bottle skift
AP: pitch black with a tiny dark ruby rim, 4 cm high thick but fizzy slowly deminishing dark dark cacao brown, wee lacings
F: very think fluid, first soft milk chocolate then ŗ very warming feeling, dark followed by another darker type of chocolate. Not bitter but still high cacao % . Wee sugary feeling, bourbon vanilla seeds, wee bourbon fresh barrels, wee coffee, butter fudgy. First the carbonation is fizzy, then transfers into ŗ much softer mood, medium bitterness. Not. must be among the top 10 most high alcholic approx 18% - were it isnít that evident strong. Ie very extremly well camouflaged. Finish is long and lingering, the first softer chocolate is back again. WARNING! high risk that you will consume it to fast - take it easy and keep on sipping!
Beerman6686 (3125) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this poured a darker brownc olor with a small tan head. Aroma was lots and lots of dark chocolate, booze, barrel, soy, and roast. Flavor was hot, but well intertwined, lots of dark chocolate, semi sweet and soy, not much roast in the flavor. Barrel notes are light, but its mainly the booze burn that comes through. Nice stuff.
radagast83 (3110) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.
drfabulous (2949) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce thanks to ssteigerwald. Big chocolate rich stout. So creamy. So boozy but in a good way; in no way over the top. The bourbon is in your nose and taste. So tasty. This is extremely good.
TheEpeeist (2819) - Swarthmore, 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.
DrSilverworm (2716) - 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.