Damico (2353) - 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 (1737) - 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 (890) - 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 (1293) - 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 (2229) - 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 (6986) - 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 ^.
Reynolds314 (2089) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great variant of this fantastic beer. Cinnamon and toffee and toasted coconut are in there with some coffee and sharp oaky brandy flavors. So tasty.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml waxed bottle served in a Funky Buddha snifter. Thanks to Matt for the share.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring that has some splotchy lace.
S: Brandy sweetness and fruitiness upfront. Pretty boozy on the nose with a nice chocolate character. Dark fruit with some light acetone/nail polish on the finish.
T: Lots of chocolate and cinnamon notes with a light brandy sweetness. Mild fruitiness from the brandy, a little oak and some dark fruit as wel.
M: Thick bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Smooth finish.
O: Probably the worst of the Huna barrel treatments I’ve had. The brandy didn’t compliment the base at all and it was far too fruity for my liking. Apple Brandy or GTFO.
Serving type: bottle
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Cory. Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, brandy, fruit, chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor is coffee, brandy, dark fruit, roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and bit of pepper spiciness. Body on the heavy side, with a long, bitter, hot pepper finish.
madmitch76 (13350) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruce’s palatial pad. Thanks to Bruce for landing this whale. Opaque black - brown beer, good darkish tan head. Palate is viscous and smooth and slightly soft. Fine carbonation. Good dark chocolate, Bourneville like. Tangy dark fruits, fairly intense. Much lighter generic fruits on top. A little spirit but not really getting any clear brandy flavours. Finishes smooth with bitterish dark chocolate and nice mellow, barely-there chilli. Nice beer. Top 50? Not for me.