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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
50% aged in Rum barrels, 50% aged in Apple Brandy barrels

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2015 Courtesy of Martinus at Leuven Innovation Beer Festival, big thanks for this one. Almost no head, some loose beige bubbles which quickly disappear (probably because this precious bottle has been opened and resealed over and over again), colour a very dark burgundy, near black. Absolutely wonderful aroma of infinite complexity: a strong perfume of noble chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, hint of dried soft chili pepper, espresso, soy sauce, bayleaf, candied dates, old port and old sherry, marzipan, banana liqueur... Truly incredible. Taste is equally amazing, a symphony of candied fruits, slight salty soy sauce accents, sweet marzipan and ’Bounty’ candy coconut plus chocolate, caramel and tons of chocolate fondant, all playing in a thick, heavy, profound texture; finish has more bitter chocolate and fine coffee in store, enriched with a vinous, warming alcohol effect of the finest brandy or single malt you can find, still a very faint hint of chili and peppery hops drying a bit and leaving you flabbergastered as if you just swallowed the most precious liquid ever made. This belongs to the most complex, most rewarding and most satisfying things I ever tasted. I owe great thanks to Martinus for being kind enough to share this ’whale’, I feel privileged. Unforgettable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1335) - Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very strong cinnamon, espresso, chocolate. Taste is full bodied, rich, lots of spice. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (10131) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2015 Bottle shared with Joes, Judyvv, Dutchdrebus and Koen @ "Zunt Om Nog Langer Te Bewaren" tasting (ZONLTB). Opaque pitch black color, medium sized quite quickly diminishing dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roast, some alcohol, (Dutch: "appelstroop") apple syrup, a hint of cocos. Taste malts, roasted malts, alcohol, again "appelstroop", bitter with sweetish hints, brandy and rhum are present, a hit of burnt of caramelised sugar, a hint of pepper, chocolate. Heavy and good, but I had higher hopes after reading all the previous ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4775) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle @ SONLTB tasting. Pitch black colour with a small dark brown head. Smells rinse appelstroop, cocoa, sweet, chocolate, raisins, roasty. Tastes appelstroop, sweet, deep, dark malts, some coconut. Damn. Full body, soft carbo, thick. Sick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, molasses, rum, vanilla, and apples. Flavor is molasses, apples, roasted mat, dark fruit, cinnamon vanilla, and some alcohol. Heavy, thick body, with some of the pepper heat on the long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0 during my 10k tick fest. Thanks Stephen! Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Heavy alcohol legs. Super rich brownie batter in the nose. Tons of vanilla, chocolate, a bit of cinnamon. Oily mouth feel. Some spiciness. The flavor is all brownie batter. Not overly thick or sweet or boozy, surprisingly. Some pepper heat on the back end. Tons of chocolate. I’m a sucker for beers like this. FUCK YEAH!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 Pour out of 750 mL bottle, huge thanks to Stephen for this. Thick oily black pour with dark tan head aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, slight apple brandy, oak, vanilla, coconut, nice dark cocoa, some brownie. Taste was a mix of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, nice vanilla, dark chocolate, hints of nice brandy, slight earth, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. Wow, just too many good flavors into this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Apache (55) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2015
From 2015 Huna day: Pours black with a slight brown head. Not too much rum or brandy after a year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aleigator (470) - GERMANY - APR 8, 2015
Many thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Pours a pitch black, motor oil color, revealing a slick viscosity after swirling, with a hazelnut brown, small head, which soon disappears. Leaves back alcoholic spider legs, mingling into the darkness of the beer. Smells of spiced, hot, chocolate, together with a wooden, slightly fruity burn. The scorched malts blend very smoothly into the hot qualities of the beer, both chilies and alcohol. Provides a rich bakers chocolate layer, enriching the unique spiciness, by ending up being a ebenbürtiger, smooth counterpart to them. Brandy exhibits a certain apple fruitiness, which gets picked up by faint lemony tequila, gently wrapped up by cinnamon and chocolate. Has an outstandingly smooth mouthfeel, with a lower carbonation, giving the beer enough room to unfold its full, complex body. Tastes of alcoholic truffels, with a fruity whiff, coated up by cinnamon and chilies. All flavors are very pronounced and well integrated into the overall taste, mainly defined by a decadent mexican chocolate foundation. The beer got a spicy chili bite to it, inviting an alcoholic, wooden flavor to the palate, while both flavors blend flawlessly into each other, providing a unique depth, backed up by ashy chocolate and cinnamon. No booziness hovers above the different, diverse flavors, due to chocolate malts, which are incredible well pronounced, building upa prominent backbone. Finishes with matured, slightly bitter hops, with all other flavors still being recognizable, especially the wooden, part floral, part fruity spirits, which provide a harsh, but pleasant dryness. This beer is fantastic, its well balanced depth of flavor is far superior to the base beer, with both barrels enriching the flavor. Results in a never before experienced complexity in a spiced imperial stout, with cinnamon being even more present than in the regular version, accentuating the malty chocolate qualities of the beer perfectly. The double burn, due to chilies and spirits, acts as a long lasting, pleasant and well integrated peak, slowly evolving from the luscious chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sunnrider (20) - San Sebastian, SPAIN - MAR 18, 2015
Pours out thick and very little head. Smells incredible, rum, cinnamon and chocolate. Tastes is complex, the heat comes on after the chocolate and alcohol flavors. It may be a little less chilli than before, this bottle was aged for a year. Overall I´m really glad to have tried this, and happy to say it does live up to the hype.

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