wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was really expecting to not like this beer since it was described as a ’Belgian’ style stout, but it really is good. It pours a very solid black body with minimal dark brown head. The aroma is really out there, tons of scents and smells from across the board that somehow work; buttery popcorn, fresh and dried figs raisins prunes black cherries etc, undiluted molasses, meaty carbon, tons more; sweet and dense, slightly smiley salty and burnt, can’t say enough about it. The flavor is to match, just so much going on its hard to find where to start. The Belgian yeast is there, but subtle, spicy, earthy, very full. The mouth feel is right on, velvety, full, complex amd lasting. The yeast gives just the perfect amount of livelyness on the palate to balance the thick oily body. This is a damn nice beer, one of block 15’s best for sure. Very unique, interesting and most of all delicious!!!
Benzai (14074) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle [from trade with Ardyexfor] @ home. Opaque pitch black color with a full sized very dark brown head that lasts for a short while. Aroma is malts, lots of chocolate, mocha, firm bourbon and some alcohol. The flavor has it too: malts, dark malts with soft roast, firm to heavy bourbon, chocolate, mocha, some alcohol. Dominating the aroma and dominating the flavor is bourbon, chocolate, mocha. Alcohol is present but it’s not your typical 15% ABV beer, it’s noticeable but never annoying, never too much. Soft mouthfeel, oily texture, soft carbonation. Awesome beer. Thanks Andy!
50belair (3379) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Chocolate bouquet. Dark roasted malts and boozy highlights. Muted oak and caramels. Somewhat bitter with a good body.
ctipping (1346) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle. Black body. Thin collar. Smells of strong bourbon. Nutty malts. Milk chocolate. Tastes of milk chocolate, booze, nutty malts and oak. Pretty sweet. Quite boozy. Heavy. Low carbonation. Tasty.
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, sweet, wood. Taste is very smooth, full bodied and rich, long flavorful finish. Overall, this is exceptional, love it!
Theydon_Bois (16865) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Commons, PDX, big thanks to Luke - Sarlacc83, 09/11/14.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with moderate light tan spotting.
Nose is tangy dark fruits, spice, chocolate, earthy, chocolate balsam notes.
Taste comprises bitter dark fruit, liqourice, spice, tagny dark fruit, chocolate, charr, aniseed.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming alcohol.
Solid impy, drinks well below the ABV, nice fruit balsam effect.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 poured from tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head that held a ring. Aroma is huge toffee, figs, dates, tobacco, leather, caramel, ethanol. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet (but not cloying), followed by s nice ethanol warming in the finish. Overall this vintage is amazing right now!
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at 6th Anniversary Party for Saraveza. 2011 vintage. Deep black color. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, and chocolate with bourbon. Taste is similar, but caramel is added to the wonderful notes. Amazing.
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Muckfest V on 7/12/14. Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate and toffee. Malty and chocolatey flavor with a boozy finish.
emacgee (4598) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks JCB. Light pour with one finger of tan head. Rich nose, raisiny, dark fruit, alcohol, prune, dark chocolate. Rich flavor with lots of prune, alcohol, burnt coconut, molasses, burnt sugar, and a medium full body.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing. Near black thin pour. Raisin, prune, port, hazelnut, and chocolate on nose. added fig and vanilla. Sweet. Thin palate. Great for a small pour.