MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tepid brown, red hints. Flavor is heavy burnt, sticky, bit of anise and root on lips, very heavy sugary brownie on swallow. Nose is super hot brownie, burnt and sugary again, light bourbon influence for some rounded qualities, though tough for me to drink despite the oily texture.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Hm. A difficult beer to wrap my hands around. First off, it perfectly hits the mouthfeel, oily and thick and almost like drinking an excellent scotch. Thing is, the nose and the palate also hit scotch, and aren’t nearly so stellar. At moments the beer is fudgy, chocolatey goodness with only whispers of oak and booze, but it’s just so damn hot most of the time that I am confused and given pause. Hits you like an absolute jackhammer; the first couple sips are pretty awesome, but I cannot in good faith rate this particularly highly. Just about as undrinkable as beer gets without tasting downright horrible.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown. Stinging alcohol aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Overall sweet palate with plenty of bourbon and alcohol leading to a vanilla-accented finish. It’s not bad by any means, but the heat is a bit out of whack and I’m not a big fan of the way bourbon flavours blast their way through just about every beer they touch. It lacks the delicacy and style I want in a big brew (Yes, I ask for delicacy in big beer, like for example Lijian Yinjiu or Sam Adams Millenium or Deus)
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very dark brown coloured. Strong aroma of coconut and bourbon. Very sweet coconut and bourbon flavour. Full bodied and very warming, but rather cloying. I am not very fond of coconuts nor bourbon.
italarican (1475) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler (Returns) generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours black as (dark) night. Aroma is massive. Musty and aggressive with notes of paint, kahlua, and chocolate liqueur. Aroma goes too far and is off balance of paint, alcohol, and chocolate liqueur. Harsh and syrupy. Too much.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on draft at the GTMW. Pours dark with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor had a ton of bourbon barrel characters that overtook the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. One of my top beers to try at the GTMW. I was pretty let down by this beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks suzygreenburg! Completely black, small dark mocha head poured from a growler. Dark charred nose, almost ashy. Dark and some tannic rich dark bourbon barrel. Aggressive. Extreme molasses fired oak, cherry and rich. Thinner body isolates these characteristics. Very warming, boozy. Too boozy for me and out of balance.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A brutal, immensely bourbony, very sweet., boozy and roasted black beer. Oh well… it is what it is
How: Fresh growler, split three-way. Growler sent to me by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: The strong nose is an explosion of bourbon barrels and alcohol fumes, not much else going on in the aroma, a wet-dream for the bourbon barrel aged beer lover, which I am not Taste is a slap in the mouth. Lots of residual sugars, lots of booze, lots of bourbon, burnt cacao powder, burnt oat, some coconut, notes of black pepper, light vinous notes. As thick as a beer can be but surprisingly relatively well carbonated for a 13% BA monster. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, ratebeer says it is 13% but I suspect this 2011 batch was much higher, three of us had to work hard to go through this growler. A brutal beer that is also way too expensive. I can’t believe we drank the whole thing and I can’t believe the price I paid for this growler, I got hammered and I got screwed at the same time.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Great Taste. One of my top list to try, but was quite underwhelmed. Poured a deep black with brown at the edges. Dissipating tan head. The nose was way boozy and over oaked. Too much barrel character, imo. On tasting, more of the same. The oak and bourbon barrel character just dominate. Coconut and cocoa, booze and a bit underbodied to boot. Clunker.
madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at GTMW - One of the biggest disappointments for me at the festival. I’ve been wanting to try this for several years, and it just didn’t come through. Pours dark as night with a couple tan bubbles--pretty still. Smells a little hot, but with tons of sweet caramel. There’s a little roast to offset it, but the barrel aging brings it way over the top into cloying sweetness. Taste is a bit better, with more prominent roast, but it’s still really sweet, with caramel, vanilla, and the bourbon aging present. Smooth and slick, but very little carbonation.