thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Handbottle thanks to ericandersnavy) jet black pour, creamy dark tan head with excellent lacing. Nose of brandy, sweet bakers chocolate, vanilla, lightly vinous, quite complex. Taste of brandy, chalky cocoa powder, thick chocolate syrup, and chile pepper heat. Body is thick, very creamy, spicy and roasty all in the right amounts. A great accomplishment in an imperial stout!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks AgentSteve. Poured very dark brown, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, little brandy, little wood, little earthy.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown with a dark tan head when coaxed. Nose of chocolate, dried fruit, brandy. Same in the flavor with a creamy mouthfeel.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 16 oz. handbottle via trade, but we had about 9-10 ounces left due to leakage. The stuff was still good, and thanks again! Pours an opaque dark brown with no head or visible carbonation- possibly because of the conditions some oxidation may have occurred. Hot aroma with alcohol right up front, but hard to pin down as brandy. Also notes of cocoa, tobacco, espresso, and burnt wood. The flavor is also boozy and has íbarrelí notes, smoked wood, dark fruits, cocoa, and brown sugar. Full-bodied, with a thick, boozy mouthfeel and boozy finish. No carbonation, very smooth. Big alcohol burn. Nice beer and Iím glad it held up. Re-Rate: 2012 growler shared by Paul- thanks! Fortunately, this one didnít have the leakage issues the other one did. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tiny tan ring for a head. The aroma and flavor are equally sweet- nice apple brandy, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and oak. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. Didnít quite pop as much as the Apple Brandy Hunahpuís, but still fantastic.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is soy, alcohol (spirits), dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco, Definitely a little hot and oxidized.
Appearance is thick, viscous motor oil and a muddy, molasses head that quickly disappears, and flat.
Taste is brandy hotness, lots of dark fruit, soy, chocolate, red fruit, and a little dirt and red apple.
Finish is hot, some bitter cocoa, and sweetness.
Very solid, considering the condition.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle, thanks Dak!! Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is brandy, chocolate, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is brandy, coffee, chocolate, fruit, alcohol and roasted malt. Nice thick body. Glad I was able to try this one.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand-bottle from fata2683. Forget beer-karma, this deserves beer-canonization! But, you know, without the him being dead part. Being a hand-bottle, this is nearly flat, but the quality bears it out. Nose is apple-butter, sweet oak, roast, mild chocolate, like a sun rise on a misty ,morning. Flavours are soft and velvety, rich and aplle-oaky. This rocks!
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
thanks keith. Hand bottled from the keg & sent to us here in Alberta. Looks heat black ad night. Aroma of oak cherry dark malts smells amazing. Very flat as expected but the flavour is amzing very bold. Oaky malty coffee & chocolate . This is amzing you can taste the oak
and the brandy this is fantastic!!!!!! 10 min layer I still taste it. Soo great.
kramer (5733) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, RBWG 2010. Pours a pitch black body with a nice frothy dark brown head that had decent retention for such a big beer. Oily and thick looking. The nose has a nice heavy brandy focus with lots of roast, some moderate alcohol, and some dark fruits. Flavor wise, like the Hunahpu, I prefer the brandy over the bourbon. Hearty thick intense roastiness with a moderate sweetness, dark caramel, bakers chocolate, and moderate alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with soft fizzy carbonation. Feels a little hotter than the two Hunahpu versions. A pretty great beer, and a big improvement over the regular version. I guess I just dig Brandy barrels more than bourbon.
PorterPounder (6959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee Tasting at Proof/Liquor Loft - on tap - hand delivered by Degarth himself! Dark black pour, thick mocha colored head. Aroma has some marshmallow notes, a hint of brandy. Flavor is chock full of coffee, chocolate, licorice and just a touch of brandy. Brandy is just right - not cloying or over-present. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Awesome.