suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured jet black into my trusty goblet. Slight head that is tan. Head fades really fast leaving a slight trace of it on top of the beer the entire drink. Thus producing a little bit of lacing as I consume this beast.
Too woody. It does not smell like a regular oak aroma. More like an oak 2x4 soaked in turpentine. The smell is really distinct and off-putting. A little bit of a molasses aroma hidden behind the previous, mixed with a little raisin nose.
Wow! Don’t let the smell fool you into thinking it will taste as bad. This beer tastes fantastic. It is just sweet enough, just bittered enough, and has balanced the flavors with the high ABV perfectly. While it is still a bit hot from the high octane, it is balanced so well that you might not notice.
Slick and hot. Very viscous even though the alcohol tries to thin it out. It is a bit hot from that same alcohol. But the creaminess dominates, followed very closely by the alcohol.
Not very drinkable!!! This thing is a bit too hot and strong to drink more than a bottle of - in a week. I wish the alcohol was a bit more muted so that it would be a little more quaff-able. But I’m glad it doesn’t since this is a bit pricey to try and drink daily.
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly...light sediment throughout...poor retention and lacing. aroma is loaded with dark fruit and winey notes, hint of sour, alcohol, licorice. flavor is a bit overwhelming and muddled but has dark fruit, bitter chocolate, alcohol, pine, and roasty and mildly medicinal notes...just a touch of oak. mouthfeel is actually quite lively and the finish is winey, warming, and medicinal. they definitely went big with this but its not a very good impy.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Max.
Pours black with no head or lacing. Nose brings quite a bit of pungent herbs and some booze. The taste is smilar, win the booze and gin-like characteristics taking over. No cranberry detected. Feel is somewhat light all things considered. Lots of booze. Interesting, but not highly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-19-2010
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Tastes spicy and roasty with some tobacco elements. Enjoyed alongside Tactical. Enjoyable.
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Forgot this was so stong when I opened it...oops. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice off-white head. Oaky, alcohol dominated nose. Syrupy sweet, the alcohol is immediately present and warms the throat. Some roasty characters in there but its overcome. Very in your face, the strength of this one overshaddows the beer itself, and I tend to like very strong beers. After a while I am able to taste some chocolate and coffee as well as oak but only after my palate adjusts.
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. The colour is dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is of varnish, soy, toffee, caramel and molasses. The taste is initially of tangy soy sauce, liquorice and wood leading to caramel, molasses and plenty of dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins). It has syrupy, rich mouth-feel and a sweet, warming finish.
TzR (4) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33 cl. Traded this at my local pub for one of my home home brewn IPA:s. And what an excellent trade it was. Nice black colour and brown foam. Smells like fruit and chocolate and the taste is fenomenal with the cranberry adding a lot to it with a slight after taste of oak. A very nice beer that lasts long.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours jet black with medium brown foam. Smells like sweet alcohol... Tastes very sweet with a bit of roastiness and a bit of bitterness from hops and the rest is alcohol... with a very little oak at the end.
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, yeah. Crazy intense liquor-ified nose is just blankets of velvet mochachino, richly fermented in barrel, boozy, smooth, loose, pruny and oooh, a bit hot but enticing. Smooth, sweet mocha delight just engulfs. Has some nice acidity to make it balanced, loving it, even the head in the throat. Raisin, date, prune and plum, a touch of sour-sweet around the tongue. I like it.
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a short tan head. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts, oak and licorice. Flavor was dark roasted malts, chocolate, oak, berries, coffee, licorice and a touch of molasses with a rich oily mouthfeel and had a nice warming finish.