ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking.
S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That’s about it.
T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater.
M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some.
O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.
gopherfan99 (798) - CROATIA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; pours a dark cola brown with a khaki head; aroma is dark fruits with molasses, vanilla, yeast, and some spice; taste is sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate with hints of yeast and vanilla; has a light spice finish with a hint of oak; nice Belgian
Daytonbeer (688) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, sugar, and some soy sauce. Taste is also complex. Sweet, citrus, bourban. Overall very nice, but a little unbalance and too sweet.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Half pint @ Chuck’s. When I say I’m looking for something different, this is what I’m talking about. Bourbon, slight tang, gorgeous red, vanilla(?). Good god this is delicious. Who the fuck is Black Diamond?
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: dark reddish-brown pour with large creamy, light tan head. Aroma is dusty with woody oak, chocolate, cola, cherry, and vanilla. Flavor is cherry cola, vanilla, a light oaky bourbon and a very slight yeasty funk. Palate is mostly sweet and creamy thick. Overall an interesting beer but the flavors never seem to settle, probably could use some age to gel the flavor.
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at baileys cellar fest - '11 pours cloudy amber with small head. Nose of booze, brandy, and tart fruit. Taste is of brandy, oak, bourbon, and sour cherry/cranberry. Dry finish.
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ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle it has a dark brown color. The taste has a mild sweetness almost like a cough syrup. There is some roasted fruits like figs and some peppermint. Good finish.
doublebock (522) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy auburn brown color with white head.. Nutty caramel malty aroma with hints of bourbon. Complex palate. We’ve got a dark fruit presence along with a please sour note and a candy like maltiness. Smooth bourbon and vanilla finish.
Hanuta06 (381) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: from tap at Beer Junction.
Aroma: lightly fruity with cask wood scent.
Appearance: average-sized, fizzy, off-white, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Black body.
Taste: heavily sweet initial flavor and overwhelmingly sweet, caramel finish with hints of cask wood and bourbon. Average duration.
Palate: light body, dry texture and fizzy carbonation.
Overall: a complex beer. I liked the caramel finish, but it soon became overwhelmingly sweet.
Cory (371) - , California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Vanilla, oak, yeast, raisins, smoke. Taste is sour, with a little savory, flavors of sour apple, grape juice, and wood. Belgian yeast, red ale, and juice qualities, and no bourbon or dark malts. Interesting and complex but not particularly that enjoyable for more than a couple sips in my opinion.