deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong dark grains with dark fruit, a bit of roast and a note of cognac. Flavor has a lot of sweet dark grains backed by roasted malts and a hint of cognac.
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #41. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a dark brown color with a thin foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big roasted malts, leather, tobacco, herbal hops. The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco, leather, bitter hops. Medium bodied, chewy texture. Nice beer.
jcnielsen (2232) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG, courtesy of someone. Pours a dark brown color with off white head. Bourbon, chocolate, thick, syrupy flavors. Alright barrel aged beer.
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBWG Fart Share. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, dark fruity, plum, roasty aroma. A bit thick. Goopy. Pretty good.
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours tar black with brown head. Nose and taste of cognac, roast chocolate, chocolate pudding, vanilla, oak, licorice root and brownie. Full bodied. Well balanced.
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from tom10101, thanks bro. pours unclear very dark brown, almost inky black in fact, with a very nice creamy beige head, good retetention and nice lacing patterns. loads of raisins and dark fruitiness - cherries, plums, cognac-soaked über-ripened fruits along with a slice of their acidity, burnt caramel and dark roasted maltiness, fair chocolate amount too, smooth and bitter chocolate, tobacco, pepper, bitter coffee, hint of vanilla and soft yet tannic woodsy notes. moderate carbonation - slightly fizzy, medium body - oily and a bit sticky, slghtly boozy, woodsy and spicy-fruity-bitter coffee finish. very tasty and good!
neongolden (509) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draught at the brewpub, Oct 31 2013) Pours pitch black with a small bubbly pale brown head. Aroma fruity cognac, woody, boozy with roast and chocolate malts. Palate initially contains tons of cognac and that doesn’t really dissipate. Underneath that is sweetish chocolate and a bit of wood at first. Mid-palate the wood comes a bit more to the fore but cognac and malts predominate. In the finish alcohol is quite noticeable along with normal Hellwoods bittering hops, dry and slightly roasted. Mouthfeel full, not too syrupy, very soft carb, lots of alcohol heat. Barrel owns this one, but it’s a lovely barrel. One feels as though one is drinking a good brandy hybridized with a good RIS. Lush.
shorlin (664) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted a small sample at a BeerThief gathering, thanks to groulxsome! Another extreme dark Bellwoods beer that stains the glass. Nice. Aroma is more cognac and it also smells very boozy. Nice! Feel is very thick and full. Taste is great: cognac but also roasty and molasses. Great beer!
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: on tap @ Volo
Aroma medium bolder approach , rich barrel fell, alcohol – cognac play.
Top: large tanned look.
Base: opaque brown-black.
Palate : soft ,easy going imperial stout. Long lasting finish. Medium plus bodied but not thin for style.
Taste: rich bold as in aroma bold barrel treatment noted. Molasses , bittering side with alcohol.
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bar Volo event. This didn’t work for me. Roast, black with head. Just off, and somewhat musty aroma. Not so great for the style, despite brewer having from my glass to say yeh, its not off (as I did with another of their IS).