Reynolds314 (2011) - 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 Iíve had. The brandy didnít compliment the base at all and it was far too fruity for my liking. Apple Brandy or GTFO.
Serving type: bottle
zathrus13 (1685) - 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 (13081) - , 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 Bruceís 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.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating number 5000, at my wedding, shared by Adam! Pours black with dark chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma is full of roasted malts and dark chocolate with a bit of raisin and pepper as well as a whiskey finish. Flavor starts with same roasted malts and dark grains with a finish of light peppers and whiskey.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at deyhollaís wedding. Thanks for this trade, fishingnet! Drank side-by-side with a 2013 regular Hunah. Pours a rich inky black opaque pour. Dark and luscious, roasty and opaque with some ruby brown edges and bottom. Cola hues, frothy darker brown head atop dies to a nicer ring, laces ok. Aromas present toasty malts, richer cinnamon, vanilla and apple brandy. Oak and toast, vanilla with rich cinnamon nose, subtle hot peppers that start to hit behind and start to grow in a small wave. Cocoa and black malts still hit, dark and quite lovely. Initial is firmer body, cocoa and roast, mixed with subtle vanilla, oak and mellow warmth. Pepper starts to hit, more cinnamon but not like the nose. Middle is spice, subtle pepper starts to hit with some nicer cinnamon, oak and vanilla. Very rich nose, some cocoa, a bit thinned from the spirit but not too hot from it. Cocoa, black malts, carmelization. A bit warm and tannic, oak and some pepper meet vanilla, apple brandy and some ABV spirit as we round the corner. The nose on this and cinnamon presence up front really is quite lovely. Backend is toasty, firmer pepper and caramel, vanilla, some spirit, gentle brandy and oak. Some spirit and warmth, the pepper and cinnamon play off the alcohol. Very nice. Not quite the biggest expression but a great nose and front end. Quite lovely. Apple gets a bit assertive. Nice. Rated the same as regular Apple Brandy overall. That said, the base beer still beats out EVERY Barrel version Iíve had thus far.
jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Having loved the standard version as well as last yearís Apple Brandy, this was very good but somewhat of a letdown, as we had it back to back with the regular 2013 release. This one lacked the black cavendish tobacco flavor that I find so addictive in the regular, and the barrel character just didnít shine. That being said, still an excellent stout even if the barrel did it no favors.
Scopey (5309) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, big thanks to Bruce! It pours jet black with a small tan head. The nose is bournville chocolate, toffee, fudge, vanilla, coconut cream, cocoa, caramel, marshmallow and nougat. The taste is roasted malt, toast, mild acidity, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, wood, mild acidity, dark fruit, raisin, jamminess and earth with some warmth towards the finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Unsurprisingly delicious! Great stuff.
Leighton (9649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bruceís in London - many thanks to...Bruce! Pours thick black with a moderate, brown cream head. Nose has chocolate, dark fruits, coconut, raspberries, soft wood. Medium sweet flavor with lots of gooey chocolate, jammy berries, fruit leather, a bit of burnt wood, bitter earth. Full bodied with fine, lightly creamy carbonation. Some alcohol heat on the finish, lots more jammy berries and other fruits, baking cocoa, charred wood, earth. Pretty solid.
BOLTZ7555 (2658) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
So incredibly stoked to try this beer as the other variants have been absolutely incredible! Not sure if it was my palate the night of the tasting or the barrel influence on the base beer but this one was definitely lacking. It lacked the depth and richness provided by the cocoa nibs, pasillo and acho chili peppers, vanilla, and cinnamon. It lost the capsaicin punch. It was missing the mild wood, roasted coffee, and brownie batter. What it gained was a green, leafy, almost bell peppery finish and heavy brandy and alcohol influence. Still got some dark chocolate. Got a hint of smoke. Just average, unfortunately.