Theydon_Bois (12174) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the train from Hereford to Inverness, bottle from thanks to DW my very own wingman, 18/10/13.
Pitch black with a dirty tan head that thins to a covering.
Nose is big dark roast, bourbon soaked oak, boozey, dark toffee, chocolate, tar.
Taste comprises chocolate, good bourbon dose but well tempered, brown sugars, molasses, dark toffee fudge.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, mellow and smooth on the palate.
Good balance and depth - Impy from the top draw!
GothGargoyle (1605) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a very small beige head. Aroma is liquorice, molasses, soy sauce, chocolate, chicory, hint of bourbon. Oily mouthfeel, nicely balanced, smooth finish. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, molasses, chicory.
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head but beige rim on foxy reddish, almost black beer. Bourbon, vanilla, sweet, icecream-like - with nuts and chocolate. Sweet, vanilla & Bourbon onslaught - and not much else. Molasses, Dame Blanche with liqueur. Very slick, totally full-bodied. Well-crafted, but carrying a Bourbon overload.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magnum (yes, magnum) at Les Caves. 2012 vintage. Pours an opaque dark, little to no head. Aroma rich in bourbon and chocolate, maybe some smokiness and wood, some booze. Body rich and roasty, finish smoky sweet and roAsty, cocoa. Effing amazing.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
oily black, thin cream head. Initially olive nose settles to wood and rich chocolate. Flavor a touch sweeter, inky chocolate and marshmallow balanced by wood, no grit in the beautifully smooth palate that coats through the dark finish.
Rando7 (775) - Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Aroma bourbon, dark fruit and roast. Taste Dark fruits, roast, cocoa, bourbon, slight wood, slight umami, a hint of lacto sourness. I don’t think this was infected, just a very slight sourness. Palate a bit on the thin side, could have used more body. Hardly any carbonation. Finish mild roast and an alcohol burn. Overall an enjoyable beer but things just didn’t seem to quite come together.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle I brought to Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish pour, thicker and esssentially opaque. Some brownish edges glow ok. A frothy brownish head dies to a decent ring, laces ok. Aromas are gentle whiskey, oak, some vanilla and that cocoa nib presence. Touches of toffee, roast and coffee. Nice. Initial is medium bodied, a bit heavier with some gentle smoke, roast, some coffee. Gentle cocoa, some chocolate, subtle yet still there the barrel gives some gentle tannic vanilla, faint spirit. More smokey as we go into the middle and backend, some earth, campfire, faint meatiness. Caramel, cocoa, and coffee. Some espresso, more nibs and mellow barrel presence. The smokey element seems to hang on here for me, a bit ashy and campfire feeling. More earth, smoke, and barrel, a bit toasty as we finish up. The smoke element takes the reigns on this one, it’s a good beer, mellow barrel, firm smoke with some cocoa nib influence. It’s pretty good, not great though. Some more silky dark chocolate influence on the backend and finish for me.
radagast83 (5493) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ryan. Thanks! Poured a pitch black color with brown edges. Light tan head. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malts. Touch of vanilla, barrel. Coffee. Booze.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ryan: pours an oily opaque with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate nose with good vanilla Bourbon character. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet dark malts and chocolate with lots of bourbon and vanilla oak before a drier slightly warming finish. True to style and complex.
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL thanks to brainlair and ryan. Pours a inky black, scant head. Red highlights. Taste is sweeter with some warming alcohol finish. Mild bitterness, dark chocolate, some red wine acid. Palate is dense, scant umami character. Dry, bitter cocoa finish. Very nice.