AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a 12 oz. bottle in a trade with BOLTZ7555, thanks man!! Nice eye appeal. Deep, dark brown, nearly black with full, beige head that left layers of lace down the glass. Nose is an interesting sweet mixture. Oak wood, roasted malt and a combination of dark fruits. (Raisins and a sweet indescribable fruit)
Taste is lots of oak upfront. Followed by caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Layers of sweetness with notes of bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Lots of malt and lots of Earthy oak. After the sip it leaves a slight warming sensation without any harsh ABV. Overall it has a few nice layers of flavors. But a sipper brew for sure.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: An extremely brutal sticky fruity dark ale of some kind.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when a little over one year of age. Bottle sent to me by hopscotch, thanks a lot Eric
The look: Near black body with burgundy highlights, small beige head with minimal lacings
In long: Intensely scary nose of boozy dark fruits, alcohol fumes and a ton of sweetness. My god, this things smells like some kind of hard-liquor made out of prunes. This is really scary. Taste is just as scary, condensed prune juice, excessive sweetness, a whole lot of alcohol burning. Figs, Rye bread, raisins, oak, thick caramel, dates, unexpected spiciness (hot pepper, nutmeg), some balsamic vinegar, a shot of hard-liquor. That thing is only 9% but it burns like a 14% beer. I tried my best but I just couldn’t finish my little 12oz bottle. This beer is excessively brutal and goes over the top at throwing everything at you, even by CCB standards. I’m probably the least judgemental person on this site, I would see you having anal sex with a donkey in the back of a Toyota Corolla and I’d assume you have a very good reason to do so, but if you give Oscuro Batch 4 a good rating then this is too much for me, you’re a CCB homer.
Marsiblursi (2980) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a pale brown head. The aroma holds rye bread, mint, barrel wood, mild spices, robust malt, hints of estery fruits and citric/earthy hops. Quite vinous and complex nose. The flavour is near medium sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic with notes of wine/port, barrel wood, fruits, complex malt, some hops and light spice. The mouthfeel is round, smooth, fairly velvety and tiny tart with a light carbonation. Wood, smooth malt and bit vinous on the finish. Medium bodied.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A murky brown color with minimal head formation. Sweet vanilla and booze with dark fruit, a touch of wood and whiskey, and lots of caramel. Might even be a slight spiciness of nutmeg and/or cinnamon in there. The flavor is boozy and sweet, quite sticky and sugary, but enjoyable. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar to go with a fair amount of dark fruit.
OmegaX (1144) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again, Matt, for sending this. Aromas of roast, light sour notes, bourbon, nuts, apples, and chocolate. Body is dark, dark brown (pretty much black) with a dark tan head. This one has a lot of flavors going on. A LOT! I got some rye notes, cherries, chocolate, sour apples, cinnamon, roasted coffee, vanilla, bourbon, walnuts, cocoa, oak, a vinous, grape-like quality. I liked this one but I must say I think the tart notes give a hint towards infection. Either way it was a crazy brew and the tart notes gave some interesting subtleties to the flavor and aroma profile. Cheers!
Chipalsa (1298) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The dark body on this sexy brew made it look like a stout. The aroma revealed bourbon-soaked raisins, cherries, vanilla and wood. The taste is beyond incredible! Notes of; Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, earth, raisins, cherries and oak. In the finish is an almost tart fruitfulness that puts this one over the edge. Holy shit this is good stuff - thanks Jordan!
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Amie! Pours black Big head. Nose is sour cherries, sour apples, vanilla, cinnamon. Flavor is sweet and viscous barrel, cherries mild tartness and some funk. Complex roast and various dark rich malts. Slightly overly carbonated and thick. I thought this was going to be awful but it really isn’t even though it is for sure infected.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a darker brown color with no head at all. Aroma was a lot of barrel notes, dark fruits, some light chocolate and some roasted malts. Flavor was barrel and rotting apples, in a good way with chocolate on them. A bit oxidized and sloppy but still a tasty beer.
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
This was one of those beers that did not seem that great until a close inspection. Don’t be fooled by the relatively mild mannered appearance; this will treat you to a good evening. I hope I get to try some of the other blends in the future.
Aroma / Appearance - A giant surge of chocolate colored head did not inspire too much confidence until it began to settle into a deep brown base. Vanilla, blackberries, plums, and used motor oil give this a strange blend of porter and other influences.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, plums, warm vanilla beans, and oak mix well. Completely out of the blue this immediately perks up the senses and had me wondering how long it could last. The bourbon is well balanced. The mouthfeel is dense like coating your tongue in a chocolate fountain. Overall this is a beer that is a close cousin of Port’s Older Viscosity which I also wish I had more of at the time.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Semi-gusher. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, peaty, bourbon, and some wood. Tastes of chocolate, peat, vanilla, roast, and wood.