_angst_ (4500) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours oily pitch black with a very small bubbly dark brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bourbon, roasted coconut, resinous wood, vanilla, high quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, alcohol, asphalt, liquorice and Pine. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, alcohol, vanilla fudge, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, burnt caramel, orange zest, pine, sweetened coffee, dark grapes, resinous wood, almond paste, tar sweet liquorice and bitter oranges. Mouthfeel is tiny dry, sticky sweet, oily bitter, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, vanilla fudge and roasted coconut.
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber @ CCB Day. Pours pitch black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is intense fruity roasted vanilla dill barrel dark fruits raisins coffee. Flavor is fullbodied velvety sweet acidy and roasted in front, good fruity malty dark fruity coffee and bitter in middle having some chocolate and fudge sweetness at the end. Finishes with a good balanced sweet vanilla bitter pungent and roasted aftertaste.
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 shared by IrishBoy. Pours very black with a few bubbles. Aromas of grape/berry and bourbon. Full bodied. Lots of bourbon and chocolate. Touch of treacle. Quite tasty.
marcus (9144) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by IrishBoy. Pours black with no head and a chocolate and alcohol aroma. There is a delicious chocolate and treacle flavor with a dry finish. This is a very tasty and unique brew that was expertly blended.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mcbackus. Nose is chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and some light oak. Black with a small tan head. Flavor is chocolate, light sweetness, and vanilla.
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, thanks to the ericandersnavy pours black with sparse brown foam, aroma of chocolate, vanilla extract, bourbon char, flavor of chocolate, roast malt, bourbon , burnt oak
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Essentially black in color with minimal tan head forming. The bourbon seems to be a bit more prominent than the brandy, which is sort of unfortunate. Quite a bit of wood and roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate. The flavor has a more pronounced liquor character with vanilla and wood being well represented, as well as the bourbon and brandy. Lots of roast with some sweet dark chocolate and fruits. Much better than the regular Zhukovís.
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another 750 CCB bottle shared with buds at Billís tasting. Had against the regular and Cedar versions of MZ. Pour was a deep dark brown with a minimal head and light ring of bubbles. Nose was mostly bourbon and molasses. Brandy comes out in the forefront taste, followed by brown sugar, vanilla and a good deal of bourbon on the finish. Medium palate with an oily mouthfeel. Still had some heat - but a nice brew overall and enjoyable to try against the others..
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with friends, courtesy of doodler. Muchas gracias mi amigo. Black appearance with a tiny tan head. Rich chocolate, rum, dark toffee, caramel, vanilla, oaky, whiskey aroma. Huge dark chocolate, vanilla, boozy, vanilla, charred, anise, caramel/whiskey flavor. Nice brew.
Ratman197 (13284) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aropmas of brandy, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of brandy, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, roastiness and light licorice with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.