williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby/black pour. Smoky/roasty/spicy aroma, flavor of chocolate, smoke, oak and apple.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Lord Hobo, 4/6/14
Well, pretty cool that I got to try this, Cuvee Delphine and Black Berry Albert, on the downside, I missed the MOTHERFU**ING Fou Foune, Consecration, Merveilleux. Damn.
Small light tan head tops an opaque, deep brown body. Low retention.
No smoke in the nose, though you do get plenty of chocolate, oddly enough. Wouldnt be able to tell there’s any apple or brandy either. Light wood tannins, vanilla and some light tobacco...but mostly just chocolate. I guess there’s a little bit of fruitiness, and as it warms, it opens up a little, adding more barrel notes, but it’s pretty low on the aroma.
Flavor is sweet, fudgey chocolate, drying some with wood tannin and light brandy dryness. Candied cherries, light vanilla and a bit of vinousness, though it’s held at bay by the thick chocolatey maltiness. Mouthfeel is soft, supple, chewy. Carbonation is low, but what’s there still remains pretty tight. A very, very understated, somewhat muted even, beer. I get no apple, just a touch of brandy warmth/acidity and very, very little smokiness. It’s more of just a light, oily roast with just a hint of tobacco smoke. Not that there’s anything wrong with understated; in fact I usually prefer it. Unfortunately, the beer itself is just a little too fudgey-sweet. Very little porter character. Hides the abv well, at least.
bmerz (665) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Draught @MugsBK for Split thy Skull. Pours red tinged with beautiful lace. Aroma is potent fruity sweet boozy then big mod heavy smoke that lasts. Flavor follows, very sweet but balanced by the heat and spice, riding out with a bit if porter lactic ness to start then the smoke and oak takes over for a long ride out. Feel is dense, lively, tannic, very long lasting. Like it a lot more than I was expecting (no special reason why my expectations were low other than local familiarity). Intense. Too intense for normal drinking but a special one nonetheless. Not a ton of porter-ness left in it, and unusually that is not a bad thing.
Lukaduke (1735) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a roasted umber color with three fingers of tight bubbled foam. The nose has nice peat smoke mingling with boozy apple, roasted chocolate and caramel. The palate has great harmony between the boozy apple brandy character and smokey chocolate base. Really well made with great balance yet layers of flavor.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Jay at Dadsgiving 2013. Pours a black body with medium tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, spice, roast and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of dark fruits, ash, spice, cocoa, earthy roast and wood.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dadsgiving, big thanks to Jay for this Captain Lawrence obscurity, 24/11/13.
Mid black with a good sized dirty tan head,
Nose is big on roast malt bolstered by smoke, leather, ash, dark fruit, spice.
Taste comprises earthy cocoa, brown sugars, dark toffee fudge, smoke.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, dry smoked finale with sweet tones.
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750ml. @ [ The Danish Summer Gathering, TSODRBSG13 ].
[ Vintage 2010 ]. Clear brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, apple, smoke. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, tart, smoked, roasted, dry, apple, wood, alcohol - brandy. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Peat smoke, roasted cereals and dark chocolate are dipped in alcohol before leading to almonds and mesquite lengths.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam sits atop the brown-hued darkness.
-That’s one impressive nose! And a delicious flavor profile too.
-The brandy barrel presence is one flavor amongst many in this complex brew.
-This is big and bold, but moreover complex.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I took to Dadsgiving! Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Still a ton of smoke on the nose, wood, a hint of apple, but I’m definitely looking for it. Medium-bodied, soft cocoa, roast, Loads of smoke comes through, but it’s super gentle and pairs up nicely with the chocolate notes. Very nice.
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2010) Une version plus tannique et charbon que les deux autres mais le chocolat est riche et le apple brandy se pose délicatement sur la mixture sucrée et fumée. Cette série est vraiment bien réussie,