bierkoning (9586) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from EricAndersNavy, thanks! Black and opague. Oak, vanilla, malt, vinous notes and caramel in the aroma. Hopjesvla. Malty, full bodied, oaky, quite vinous flavor with porto, milk chocolate, vanilla, hopjesvla and some warming alcohol. Amazing complexity. Loads and loads of flavor. World class!!
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz gold wax dipped bottle. This one pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color and topped by a small mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention. The head leaves behind some nice rings of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of caramel, dark fruits, roast, dry cocoa, and rich dark chocolate. The bourbon laden oak adds some caramelized sugars, plenty of woody vanilla for smoothness, and some spicy rye grain. The bourbon adds its signature twang as well. The flavor follows and is based in rich caramel, dark chocolate, and oaky vanilla to go with the bourbon flavors. The rye spices start to come through as things warm up along with hints of smoke, dark fruits, and cocoa roast. The rye spice and roast work perfectly with the bourbon and prevents things from getting overly sweet. Nearly full bodied, smooth on the palate and subtle carbonation leads to a smooth bourbon and cocoa finish. The nearly 5 months in the bottle has done wonders for this as it was entirely too hot and sweet the first time I had it. This is a really nice barrel aged blend. Good stuff.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by koopa at beerloco’s. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of barrel, chocolate, musky roast rye, caramel and toffee candy. Light acidic tartness probably due to the Big Sound.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Ben for sending! Pours a viscous inky black with one finger of chestnut brown head. Nose is interesting and has a very fruity character, vinous almost, with notes of grape skins. Almost sour. Reminds me of SFTO WB. Flavor is absolutely fantastic, a wonderful layering of sour and dark notes. Lots of rich bittersweet bakers chocolate with hints of espresso and black cherry skins. Palate has a mild tartness and roast with a full viscous body.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at the Nashville Beer Summit. A very thick beer, this is mostly Bar-b-Cue and sweet dried fruits. Pretty good, but doesn’t really shine in the presence of greatness.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Pours dark brown with a steady creamy espresso head. Nose is roasty and vinous. Kind of sour porter-ish. I like. Big flavors of molasses, peanut brittle, leather, tannins, rye, coffee. Finish leaves a bitter and chalky mouthfeel. Solid blend. Maybe infected. But I think I liked that part best.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, chocolate, roast, dark ripe fruit. Flavor is sweet and boozy, notes of caramel, fruit and vanilla. Really nice blend!
BrianDorry55 (330) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from CCB. Pours nearly black with a small brown head. Aroma is plums, cherries, raisins, caramel, and booze. Flavor is cherries, plums, chocolate, caramel, raisins, light booze. Medium/Full body with nice heat. This is an awesome beer.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jwattsrugger. Thanks John this was a nice treat. Very complex. Hints of bourbon and coffee. Poured almost black with a nice head and lacing.
wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 1/10/11 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours an opaque, almost black brown color with a massive, foamy tan head that slowly recedes to a thick and rocky blanket of uneven lace. The nose is starting to sour. It is likely infected, but still very enjoyable at this point. As I mentioned, there is a sour note on the nose, but there is also a bunch of coffee, creamy milk chocolate, dark roast, and a blend of vanilla and cinnamon that is undoubtedly from the oak. The flavor is a beautiful blend of coffee, both dark and milk chocolate, a good amount of oak, but just a hint of lingering sourness. The body is full and highly carbonated with a super long chocolate and oak finish. Despite the infection setting in, this is still a pretty awesome brew.