Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick creamy dark murky brown with very little head. Pretty exciting to pour (or maybe itís just the anticipation of what a $15 12oz beer might bring). If anything, Iíd label it one of the maltiest beers Iíve had the pleasure of drinking (which is immediately noticed by the aroma). Very complex all the way through....finishes extremely well as its malty goodness fades slowly - almost begging you to take another sip. You can taste the subtle fruity notes (labeled as cranberries), but nothing specific seems to scream out at you. Very balanced - very drinkable...and although quite a potent beer, its craftsmanship is shown in the fact that its 18.2% alcohol content is well guarded by a bevy of sensational flavors.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely slap yourself and taste it again fantastic. I was not at all ready to love this, but it clutched my turnip sack and called attention to itís unbridled, cagey, twisted theory come to life and had me at hel-fucking-lo. Smells of madeira, sherry and rum soaked cherries and a musty, mossy earth meets wood union of a boozy haze. Flavor is big fruity ruby port to start with a dry tawny, cedar-like sweet and sour duck sauce middle. The finish is carbon copy port and sherry fruitiness, sugary, sticky, boozy orange peel that just stays as long as it takes for you to eat or drink something else. Succulent and satisfying mouthfeel that has all the richness of a top shelf cab, with no refreshing thirst quench in site. May be the finest match for a punchy cigar that Iíve ever experienced (though I do not puff). Really pretty crimson-brown in the light on the edges but very dark brown when the glass is full. A gem in my opinion that is different and is to be celebrated for all itís differences. 2010 12 oz. Thank You BrewDog.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate grape like, a little raisin and cranberry smell some alcohol toasty caramel first taste is sweet, then you get some grape and cranberry finishes smokey/roasty
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brownish red color with a thin head. Below average head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, cherries, berries, caramel, and faint floral notes. The taste is big roasted malts with nutty notes, floral notes and quite a bit of berries, including strawberry and raspberry. Pretty boozy and hot. Medium-full bodied. Interesting.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from La Bodega. Dark brown with a fizzy off white head. Floral chocolate aroma and taste with oak, fruit, and jasmine on the back end.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour a deep reddish black with a compact thick tan head. Aroma of fresh wood, rich malts, and alcohol. Chocolate, mild soy sauce and licorice, thick and oily with the requisite alcohol burn. Over the top, but in the best of ways.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Batch 3, BB 2020. The pour is coal black with a small, tan, frothy, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing with minimal lace. The nose is surprisingly not overwhelmingly hot; lots of molasses, black currant (maybe cranberry), soothing herbal (jasmine?), toasted oak, and leather. The flavor is intense but coming together nicely so far, more oak (dry and toasty), cranberry more apparent, toasted caramels, rich molasses, still some leather, light coffee grounds, maybe some maple. The palate is very warm, full, nearly lively, viscous, and coating. The finish is long with the oak drying it out, alcohol warming the back of the throat, the jasmine? notes soothing, and toasted caramels and leather lingering. Well where to start... Obviously still much too young but flavors already starting to complement each other well, especially in the finish. The palate is already nice but some calming will make it excellent. The adjunct additions were very nice complements to the beer. Will revisit in a couple years, maybe more to see if it pans out.
Tero (42) - FINLAND - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Something between chocolate and raisin. Very strong taste, but just a little taste of alcohol though there is over 18% of it. Heavy sweetness. I never could drink whole bottle alone.
johndoughty (4001) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. What can you say? Black with a small head and plenty of body although not as much as you would think considering its enormous power. Slightly smoked and very dangerous.An experience.
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Photog. Pours very dark brown with subtle red highlights and a small brown head. Aromas of sour oak, tart berry, vanilla, astringent alcohol, cranberry, and caramel. Sweet sugar cane and brandy dominate the flavor, along with caramel, alcohol, and a slight roasty cocoa and toffee aftertaste. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a little astringent. This is tasty stuff, very nice.