Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We crack the cage and yank the stubborn cork for a brew of the darkest cola brown. The coloring lets a bit of light around the edges, but shows no real haze to the clarity. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This leaves spots and wisps of lacing as it recedes at a medium pace. Carbonation appears active. The aroma is hot with boozy bourbon from the start, but warmth gives way to the hearty malt background of toffees, caramels, and roasted chocolate. The oak in and of itself is warming, adding depth, along with strawberry licorice, black cherry syrupiness, white sugar chalkiness, lactic tartness, and cooling vanilla cake batter. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very sweet, but with an initial puckering bitterness of oak and booziness. As we sip, fusel booze, tootsie roll sugars, charred chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and soured oak start things off. The peak comes with more heavy booze, thick and musky woody dryness, and syrupy sugars of dark cherry. The finish is very drying, with an even more enhanced punch to the barreling that really overpowers the deep roasty maltiness, and makes way for the bright sweetness of cherry and apple fruitiness, and cooked caramel sugars. The final notes to leave the palate are black pepper spice of booze, mild but genuine bourbon flavoring, cola syrups, light diacetyls, and echoes of that dark fruitiness. The aftertaste flames of bourbon, chalky chocolate malts, juicy yeast, raw fig, massively dry woodiness, raw coffee malts, and thorough metallics. The body is full, and the carbonation is solidly medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with great softness on the front of the sip. The mouth is initially coated through the swallow, but dries to a bone almost instantly thereafter, with fiery prickle and coolness as the residual alcohol evaporates off. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the feel of it. The big sugariness gave stickiness around the mouth, while the fullness of body helped give nice pop and glug on the sip. This all coupled with soft creaminess, helping them to execute a highly desirable mouthfeel. The other components, however, were disappointing. The aroma felt cheap and overly sweet, while the flavoring was lopsided with sugars of its own, and all the drying characteristics of wood without much of its inherent warmth of flavoring. This is a decent effort, but without a solid base beer it is hard to build complexity.
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fiveacestx (722) - Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - generous pour without much of a head and first but it settled with one eventually. Has a sweet brown sugar aroma and taste with a little bit of mocha mixed in. Silky smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden.
MarcoDL (2652) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at tasting. Black oily pour, no head. Strong aroma of coffee, dark cacao and vanilla. Taste of boozy vanilla, liquid chocolate, oaky bourbon and strong roastedness. Very potent brew, great.
Luvystypotables (968) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of bourbon, malt and coffee, pours a dark brown color with a lating tan well laced head. Complex taste of chocolate, malt and coffee. Medium body with a chocolate malt finish.
jcos (1665) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour from bottle share at Matt G. Pours dark, nice amount of bourbon, roasty. Nice.
GRM (3238) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample, brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, from and with Chad Francis (thank you!), savoured in October 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, woody, light hops, light chocolate, slight coffee; mouth: roasted barley, woody, light hops, light chocolate, slight coffee, light acridness, acrid finale with presence of roasted barley, medium body, below-average carbonation, harsh texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, de et avec Chad Francis (thank you!), savourée en octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, boisé, léger houblon, léger chocolat, très léger café; bouche : orge torréfiée, boisé, léger houblon, léger chocolat, très léger café, légère âcreté, finale âcre avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture râpeuse; en résumé : bien
crdunn (7) - - APR 23, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of bottle, side by side with coffee and chocolate dark hollow. Pours dark with a beige head. Some chocolate flavours with a touch of molasses.
charule (1523) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to obguthr for FBW 15! Poured thick black thin head. Aroma oaky barrel vanilla. Light carb med thick bod. Light char bitter choc not alot of barrel in the taste.
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
c1raider (69) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid beer, smooth, Carmel, chocolate, complex. Beer is sweet and pours with little head. A very nice beer but may not be the best choice for similar beers at this price point, however I would buy again
djd07 (5403) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt and wood. Medium mouth, similar flavors to aroma, nice barrel character, very good.