BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2013, with cherries and cacao, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!
48FanInCali (793) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Steve. Jet black pour with some mocha colored head. Nose is cherry, chocolate and roasted malt. Almost like a Cherry Coke. Taste follows the nose but has a slightly ashy soy sauce tinge to it. Funny thing is I was telling my buddies that it had that same little off putting hint that most Mikkeller beers have not knowing that this was colab with them. Didn’t realize that until I started typing this review. Nice and thick on the palate. Good stuff.
wheresyourball (529) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Steve. Pours black with a reddish hue and a thin head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, cherry. Taste is sweet, some soy at first, but as it warms, nice bourbon, cherry, chocolate, coffee notes. Great mouthfeel. Reminded me some of BCS Cherry. Awesome.
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at RBWG. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have nice milk chocolate, caramel, a decent amount of bourbon without being overpowering to the beer, vanilla and dark fruits favoring cherries. The 15% remained mostly hidden and I am surprised it was this big.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, almost no head. The aroma holds cocoa, vanilla, sweet cherries, lots of roasted malt. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of chocolate, cherries, vanilla, balanced malt and light bourbon. The mouthfeel is sticky and fat with a light carbonation. Dark chocolate finish. Near full bodied.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #108. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, wood, mild bourbon notes. The taste is sweet dark chocolate, herbal hops, whiskey. Medium bodied, slight booze.
jtclockwork (10270) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of cherry cordial, bourbon, oak, cocoa nib, vanilla, brownie and roast sweet chocolate. Full bodied.
italarican (1516) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Sweet as all hell. Syrupy yet slightly dry and crisp finish. It’s almost all chocolate malt with a hint of cherry. Flavorful and enjoyable.
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Inky black with a brown head. Dark legs.
N: Rich cocoa, caramel, oak, bourbon, and cherries. Raisin, molasses, and a touch of soy cause.
T: Brown sugar sweetness, some cherry sourness. Not cloying. Chocolate covered maraschinos for sure.
M: Oily, slick, and hefty. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: A treat. Big and burly, with enough subtlety to stay interesting. The sourness can undo the taste a bit, but that’s my only complaint. A perfected 2009 Abyss.
jcnielsen (2423) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG Winter Gathering, Asheville, courtesy of someone. Pours a black color with white head. Brownies, bourbon, chocolate, malty, sweet flavors.