lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lacksealed bottle shared. Pours a deep Brown with a neat Brown head. Sour cappuccino aroma. Wooden notes topped with plumb kelly. A little red Wine and malt base. Thick oily mouthfeel with a long lasting texture that ends in a warming alcohol feeling. The taste has still the nice sourness up front. Lots of malts and notes of wood. Nice big beer.
douglas88 (8397) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. I’ve had this one for a bit. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown head. The first impression of the nose is sourness- certainly infected-, but later more dominant sweet fruit and light roast come in. A sweet flavor of barrel, vanilla, lots of malt, some rye, not much in terms of sourness. Very warm. Sugary and sweet. Melded together pretty well. Brown sugar and sweet barrel dominate. Malty and earthy . A rich smooth palate. Enjoyable for sure. Very nice.
bierkoning (12350) - 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 (1318) - 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 (14930) - , 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 (4598) - 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 (1836) - 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 (4045) - Durham, 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 (361) - 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.