mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap a O’Brien’s, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out
cognac notes, and roasted malt. Flavour brings out cognac liqueur, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Quite full-bodied and fairly liqueur-oak. Good stuff.
skoisirius (1350) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! What a way to end a night after an insane Phish show they ended with ’Bold as Love’! Smells like cognac dipped chocolate, no joke. Bit of roast in there as well, but lots of wet cognac barrel. Pitch black. Flavors burst out with licorice, chocolatey roast, and burnt firewood. All of this is then blasted with a huge wet cognac barrel coating that floats above the flavors, doing it’s best to blend, but somewhat takes over. It’s okay though, this is a beast, and meant to be one! Epic night!
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big cognac barrel aroma notes on the nose, dark roasted malts, dark bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit. Dark fruity alcohol notes. Pours black, tan head, thick viscuous. Flavors of dark chocolate, dark malts, dark fruit, big cognac barrel, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet alcohol, oak. Lingering cognac, some alcohol heat. Huge beer, lots of booze, lots of flavor. Probably not the best beer to end the evening with, wow.
Bule (435) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark brown color without much head. Great cognac aroma and flavor.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a small off-white head. Nose of cognac, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and caramel. Dark fruits, light roast, cocoa powder, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor is a little bit boozy. Big cognac, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some coffee. Kind of hot on the finish.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark brown with a fizzy off white head. Really good cognac, vanilla, chocolate and caramel aroma and taste with a robust roasted grain finish and a medium bodied oily palate.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ The Noble Fir... Poured pitch black with a moderate light khaki head. Nose had lots of oak, spirits, dark fruits, and roast. This tasted amazing. All the complexities here melded together, were harmonious and delicate, and nothing was unbalanced. Roast, dark chocolate, sweet malt, toasted sugars and grains, wood, vinous grapes and raisins, caramel and toffee nut. Lots of booze with a bittersweet molasses thing going on.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Olde Depot. Pours with a black hued body and a small tan ring. Aromas are big and fudgy with barrel, cognac, raisins, prunes, dark fruits, ashy, pipe tobacco. Flavors are roasty, dry, raisins, barrel, licorice, complex oak and barrel notes, lots of tannin and dates. Big, fuller bodied, medium carbonation. Grapey tannins surround the finish.
PhillyCraft (2595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kraftwork, pours black syrup with tiny head and lacing if any. Aromas of smooth barrel, creamy and roasty malts, dark chocolate, and booze. Taste is bitter chocolate, cognac, barrel, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla marshmallow. Fuller body, warming in chest. Excellent.
bvc (1124) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bear Republic. Super dark, viscous, creamy light tan head sticky lacing. Balanced cognac notes melded with roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, brow sugar, sweet prune, bit of vanilla. Quite cognac forward, very warming, touch boozey, raisins, bitter roasted malt, warming cognac in the finish with a long dark malt bittering. Solid, would think a little age with mellow out the barrel and bring a bit more harmony.