Beerathon (1670) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany with slightly creamy, yet still fizzy somehow, head. Brandy, raisins, plum in the nose. Same in the flavor along with sweetness and alcohol warmth from the brandy along with some dark cherry, fig, and woodiness.
DrSilverworm (9108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at a bottle share, post Jackie-O’s 9th Anniversary. Totally hazy red orange color. Thin off-white head. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Dark fruit, mild metallic, some caramel. Kind of tart taste, moderate to bigger sweet, lots of tannic. Not much brandy character, but definite wood barrel. An alright barrel aged belgian strong ale. Lots of wood, tannic, mild oxidization...
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle -
The few times I’ve had Black Diamond, they have been a little underwhelming at times. No, not downright awful, but nothing to make me light-up when I see their product in the stores. But this caught my eye, a "grand cru" aged in brandy barrels. I’m always a sucker for this, so I felt fairly confident that this would be at least an average beer, but in the end it was much better that average.
The beer pours out a dark burnt orange body, hazy with a creamy, slow-melting tan head. Aroma start popping out all over the place with notes of allspice, fruit cake, light-brandy, and vanilla. Flavor has a noticeable brandy/sweetness profile, but it’s not over-done in any ways. Light brown sugar, chocolate cake batter, brandy, and a very light woody-ness to it. In the end, very happy with getting this and will definitely want to try the Bourbon Barrel version.
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark orange-brown with a large khaki head. Excellent retention and lace. Nose is complex: Malty, a little hot, full of fruit and plenty of oak. Medium-plus sweet attack, then a little sour. Medium body, soft carbonation and a mild fruity finish. Ok... So I’ve never had brussels sprouts with bacon jam in maple syrup/grand cru reduction, but... I agree... it would (likely) be superb with this tasty brew.
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
brandy and citrus and dark fruit dark ale is complex and requires food. Some tartness and is it figs? Nicely balanced, just missing something but I liked it. An interesting beer for sure.
Bacterial (2455) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber pour with a light tan head. Dried fruit (cherry, raisin), some lighter alcohol notes slightly sweet finish. Thick and complex, coating your mouth in goodness. Some vanilla and toffee in the finish.
jredmond (6670) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Clocks. Pours a deep brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet brandy, oak barrel, sweet malt character and caramel. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium with notes of oak, sweet candy, brandy, light alcohol character and light caramel.
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22ml bomber. This is fantastic. The barrel aging really changed this beer. Grapes, chocolate, berries, vanilla. This is a rich decadent beer with a dry finish.
Cirrhosis (1281) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brown, with a thick film floating on top that leaves behind very ropey and very sticky lacing. Man the vanilla really shows up in the flavor, its huge! Blueberry? Not really sure what brandy taste liked but I taste some kind of alcohol aged here, so I’ll assume its brandy. Heavy milk chocolate in the body, some bitterness. I got nothing ells to say.
Strykzone (5903) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This poured kind of reddish brown and had a tan creamy foam layer. The aroma was rich malts with complex red wine fruitiness and chocolate. The flavor was so complex and seemed to change with every sip. That is an aspect of some beers that make rating so fun. Chocolate syrup came right after plums. Wood was tasted but not really vanilla. A sourness popped up and it is my only negative with this beer. Yeast notes, grapes, big malts. This was flat out fun to drink. Thanks, Ron, for this one.