otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: black with a creamy khaki head which fades into a thin film with a broken collar. Swirls with khaki creamy lace resembling whipped coffee ice cream. Beautiful.
Nose: dark fruits, dark moist raisiny breads. Meaty prunes and dried raisins. Maraschino cherries. Black licorice root. Smoky in the back with a mix of smoked barbeque and peat. Anise. Rooty.
Palate: clean with breads and meaty dark pitted fruits. Dry smoky woody finish. Fudge weaves in and out while a soft frothy mouthfeel delights. Smoky peaty wood. Black root licorice. Starts to grow a bit of tartness – black cherries and unsweetened dried cranberries.
Final Thoughts: once more another winning brew from the Brewmaster’s Reserve series from Brooklyn Brewery. Garrett is a beery wonder who maybe hopefully I’ll get to meet someday…share a brew or three, maybe a classic cocktail, maybe a cigar.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a medium, foamy tan head. Lots of bourbon notes, vanilla, roasted malt and toasted coconut in the nose. Taste is big bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, fruit notes, toasted coconut and woody notes. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation and LOTS of boozy warmth. Ends with more chocolate, bourbon notes, roasted malt, fruit, vanilla and toasted coconut.
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Black, of course. The head is interesting ... thin-walled foam bubbles pile at first, then settle into an interesting ring of intensely active but thin outer foam. The aroma is wild in nature, like a farmhouse brewery. This drinks with a LOT of things going on in the palate ... a hint of bourbon riding that funky farmhouse, with a bit of thin chocolate. The orange is just a faint kiss, one that I don’t know I’d detect without being given the hint. (#5619, 8/12/2014)
Jasond612 (275) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/26/14 drank at the end of the night with Brian mulligan and yup drank too much so puked everywhere.
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Lukaduke (2112) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep umber color with two finger of khaki foam. Nose is fruity yeast, roasted cocoa, orange zest and hints of composted earth. Palate is smooth and heavily carbonated with interesting integration of orange, bourbon and roasted chocolate. A bit sticky on the mouthfeel and the flavors are interesting but never really gel together very well.
nimbleprop (4749) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle at home pours an inky black with loads of active, frothy, beige head. Nose is a bit off, sure there’s toast and there’s malt, some very mild cocoa nib too, but there’s a distinct wheat chaff character along with some straw. Very mild nose. Flavor has some black pepper, some dusty cocoa powder, toast. Hardly any barrel, not much chocolate either. Struck me as being maybe just the slightest bit infect, but perhaps they got the wrong kind of re-fermentation out of the champagne yeast. Either way, struggled through this one. Not one of their finer efforts.
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sort of disappointing. Pours very dark brown/black, with a slight, fizzy head that fades quite quickly to nothing. Aroma is nice, chocolate, faint coffee, good dose of vanilla. The palate is really what gets you here - it is at best medium bodied, and the carbonation is sharp and prickly. The flavor was milk chocolate, vanilla, and very faint note of orange on the finish. Exceedingly dry, I think I ultimately just don’t like the way the champagne yeast stripped the beer down. Not a bad beer it should be said, just one that I didn’t care for.
vtafro (3197) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some spice, yeast, hints of tart aromas. Stout? Dark fruit, some spice and dark fruit like malt flavors, some off nail polish tones.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the guys. Aroma of oreo cookie, some iron, citrus and caramel. Pours black with a light white wispy film. Taste follows suit with sweet molasses, oreo cookie, and a sweet blueberry pie/orange peel tang. All in all, it is similarly disappointing to Black Ops. I wasn’t too fond.
ROBC3366 (594) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is big in flavor. Pours black with a tan head and it smells of bourbon sweetness with a bit of orange and other fruity esters. The taste is vanilla from the barrels first which then subsides to some fruit notes and caramel sweetness, some earthyness as well. Very enjoyable
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Jamesthebrit (248) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet like orange wood smell. Like a stale orange peel.... Maybe some licorice. Belgian candy sweetness.
Pours looking strange..... Head is big and rough. Dissipates quickly. Looks thin. Brown. Dark brown in the glass.
Taste is dry dry dry. A subtle sweetness. Really not very dynamic. Alcohol is there in the finish but not bad.
Palate is extremely smooth and dry. It’s working.
Overall this is an alright beer. There’s nothing bad about it and the smooth palate helps it. If you like wine this would be solid. I like it but not mind blowing.
You know what I come back and up the overall rating because this has that x factor. I’m sipping on this and loving it... and that’s what a beer should be about.