Luk_ (116) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to David! Pours a deep black with dark brown ring. This has to be the most aromatic beer as far as spices go, the aroma is insanely intense. It feels like a dessert buffet: gingerbread, chocolate cake, vanilla, cinnamon bun, apple turnover. Moderate (well balanced) habanero notes to up these dessert spices even more (aroma and taste). Taste is very sweet (a little cloying) and the apple brandy barrels has a very nice presence. Palate is rather light for such a big beer. I’m not sure I enjoyed it that much but it was definitly an experience, even compared to the other very decadent versions I’ve had.
dctriman (59) - USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Very enjoyable. Did I meet the minimum characters yet? Nope? How about now?
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got to try this. Its pretty outstanding, however, I like the original apply brandy version a tad more. The barrel character seems lost, I wish it wasted more boozy because this is one decadent beer. Its a touch to sweet to crush a bunch, so with the alcohol cutting it, I could finish the whole bottle. You can get a bunch of raisin, toffee, brown sugar, a touch of vanilla. Super chewy. This is a must try.
Salmoniform (574) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with tan head. Aroma is toffee, wood, vanilla, figs, molasses, caramelized sugar, cinnamon. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice astringent bitterness in the following and an ethanol finish. Overall this is an amazing beer.
ericdevin (743) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via unknown, bottle share at de Garde. Pours an evil looking thin brown, not much head. Aroma is brandy-dominant, some sticky sweetness, booze, oak, not much rum character. Body lean and sharp, fairly hot with an ameliorating sweetness and boozy bite, some oaky and toffee notes too, well done.
Habanero (2584) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small creamy, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, rum, wood and vanilla. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol, notes of chili and a hint of bitterness. Full bodied, oily to creamy texture and flat carbonation. A complex world class brew.
stevencon (440) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stop the beer bullying. Tap at jdubs. Black hole dark with deep khaki head. Sweet heat wood coffee and molasses aroma with notes off caramel toffee sugar. This beer starts very sweet caramel toffee coffee wood. It then moves to a full body chocolate stout with nots of bitter chocolate vanilla graham cracker. Finishes with a warmth of spices: cinnamon nutmeg and chipotle peppers. This barrel treatment still holds up the original. Well done CCB.
Dodgrblu (604) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, cherry aroma, big chocolate, with a barrel aged finish.
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Clownoisseur (210) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
**Warning** -- This beer may cause a side effect of Tourette Syndrome...because I found myself blurting uncontrollable profanities as I drank this! "Holy sh*t!" "Son of a b@$&h!" and "Motherf^*%$!" spewed from my inner dialogue, out of my mouth and into the ears of those at the tasting. The appearance was of a very dark, thin tan-headed monster that had legs creeping up the glass for days. The nose was loaded with an arsenal of spice (cinnamon and pepper), loads of chocolate, dash of vanilla along with an ever so delicate brandy sweetness. A head-snap jerking motion triggered yet a few more profanities. "No f*&^%@$g way!". The first sip was even better than I could have imagined. Such balance between this cornucopia of ingredients. Loads and loads of dry chocolate coats the palate, allowing the cinnamon, tobacco and vanilla to leave their impressions. Soon, I found that I was not alone in experiencing this side effect. Our whole group began to curse in unison....as an outsider looking in, I am sure it was a horrendous site. Apologies to any witnesses that may have been harmed or offended by these outbursts! The finish brought forth more of the Brandy Barrel than the Rum, according to my palate.....with just enough heat from the peppers to cut the very present sweetness that lingers throughout. All in all, a very outstanding beer that pushes the boundaries of flavor and delicacy. Was there any booze in this? ...because I sure didn’t taste any.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Natifest ’14. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, fruit and wood aroma. Heavy toasted chocolate malt and complex alcohol flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another standout beer.