czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very dark brown with a resilient crema, almost dark reddish, showing some lacing - pretty outstanding appearance for abv/style. vanilla, fresh vanilla beans, but also too much of it, cinnamon, soapy perfume, coconut, cloying molasses, dark roastiness, tingling chilies - not too disturbing though. vanilla clearly hides the spices blend (compared to regular version). moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - oily and syrupy, lightly tingling and sugary finish. nice but far from outstanding.
Minderbinder (1536) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with medium brown head. Aroma is of spices, vanilla, chili, chocolate. Taste is of molasses, spices, chilies, chocolate, vanilla. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Hot. Spicy. Not bad. Maybe I would not chug the bottle by meself. Chilies are certainly not helping this one, taste-wise.
tom10101 (2103) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). From Dan, thanks! Pitch black with a medium beige head and little lacing. Aroma is of cinnamon, chilies, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet with a good amount of heat from the chilies, cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, nuts, cocoa and roasted malt. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Hot mouthfeel. That’s not bad and there’s definitely some complexity here, but I preferred the regular Hunahpu to this one. I also preferred Bomb! and BA Abraxas to this one. That’s not a top-50 beer though.
JulienHuxley (2428) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque black pour with very dark brown head, darkest beer I’ve seen in a while. Cinnamon soapy aroma, perfumy, vanilla, cocoa and spice, very aromatic. Flavor is hot, very spicy with lots of cinnamon/chiles, intense cocoa as well. Palate is heavy with medium carbonation. Interesting, but overpowering.
Damico (2305) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours thick dark roasted black with a thinner but dark chocolate cinnamon head. The aroma brings some chocolate liqueur, lightly sweet milk chocolate, and then delicious coconut. Body is big and creamy bringing huge roasted dark cacao, coffee, and creamy liqueur notes. Fantastic!!
Lukaduke (1677) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Nate ! Pours a deep thick black burnt umber color with a greyish khaki foam that riches about a finger in height. The nos eis big chocolate, boozy vinous fruit and some pepper spice. the palate follows with a rich viscous mouthfeel and a long chocolate, vinous fruit acidity coming from the barrels and a long drawn roasty finish that slowly gets spicier with flavors of cinnamon and hot cayenne as you drink the beer. I really enjoyed this beast but enjoy the original batch almost just as much. Tasty treat though !
gEUS (873) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle kindly shared by Andre van den Heijer - thanks! Pours deep oily black with a small soapy head. Aroma of "pepernoot" (peppernut), a typical Dutch small biscuit treat made with lots of cinnamon, comparable to speculoos. This comes back in the taste as well. All aromas are well blended inti a quite pecullar beer. But liking it!
Smurf2055 (1255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black, rich tan head, still always impressed with this color, dark as can be. Amazing sticky lacing left.
Smell rich roasty and fruit, coco, nutty, and huge coffee, light brandy.
Taste is a perfect balance of chocolate syrup, chili, graham cracker, cinnamon, vanilla and red fruit. Still obviously the base beer, but the barrel treatment enhances it without overpowering it.
Fuller bodied, rich creamy mouthfeel. Chewy.
This beer is worth the hype, and I can’t imagine anything being much better. This is the pinnacle.
Steve_0 (2122) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is pitch black with little-to-no head. Big fruity, lightly spicy, cinnamon, big figs, caramel, dark chocolate, sherry, sweet apples, and roasty aroma. Taste is so rich - dark chocolate, big wood, cinnamon, peppers - though they have very much mellowed from the barrel - dark fruits, nutmeg, caramelized sugar, toffee, and green apples. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The barrel aging is done beautifully on this one and actually mellows the beer out. So tasty.
Theydon_Bois (6522) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, another big thanks to Bruce for unearthing this one, 19/09/13.
Pitch black with a thin dirty tan head that dissipates edgeward.
Nose is roast malt, brown sugars, chocolate, subtle booze.
Taste carries a boozey apple punch, muscavado sugar, dark chocolate, mineral notes, molasses, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming booze in the finale.
Solid impy from a draw up there ^.