jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottle was shared by the ever generous Sean....A oily black pour with no carbonation, none. Strangely though there is some really nice stickly lacing, brown head all over the glass as your drink it...A super sweet aroma that does display both bourbon and brandy characters. Lots apple brandy and vanilla, chocolate cuts them both on the finish...The taste also displays both barrels, sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, lots of sweet brandy and oak.
The double barrel concept is something worth exploring more as this showed off some nice things. A huge improvement on the original MZ, worth trying for sure.
cpetrone84 (1379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste thanks to Jeremy.
A-jet black liquid with little to no dark tan colored head with a purple hint.
S-the nose has a fair bit of wood up front with notes of sweet brandi and lots of roasted malts with hints of malt sweetness. rather woody and boozy in the nose.
T-again, there is a fair bit of wood with light brandi sweetness. lots of roasted malts hints of roasted coffee and slight bitterness with a very light malt plum sweetness. strong heat in the back.
M-medium body with low carbonation and a thin finish. the barrel has taken its toll.
D-the barrel again dominates and the roasted malts are most prevalant from the beer aspect. to thin, basic, and boozy.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during AZRBWG courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pour is black with a tan head. Aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, bourbon/brandy,
roasted malt, coffee, and light ash. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of oak, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. Overall body is full, viscous and finishes with some warming alcohol.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Max and Jessís place. Pours a deep black to brown with a touch of a purple hue. Big chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roast and warm brownies. A touch boozy, with lots of chocolate and roast. Roast again, chewy. Big bitter roast and touches of spicy wood on the finish. Sort of wish weíd had this earlier in the tasting, as it was quite good, but we were pretty much beat at that point and it didnít get the reception it probably deserved.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sample at RBWG 2011-Phoenix). Pours oily black with dark head. Aroma has lots of bourbon/brandy goodness. Taste is sweet with some heat from the alcohol. Full bodied with a burn on the finish. Very nice beer.
Sledutah (4684) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by boltz7555 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Black with a small tan head, no lacing but great legs that coated the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruits and woody
Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruits, oak and vanilla
Very good and easy to drink. Enjoyed this one.
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by mreusch. Pour is black deep brown with only a touch of an oily head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, soy and some thick sweet molasses. Giant nose. Taste is syrupy cane sugar, light soy, and a big jolt of Bourbon and wood. Palate is medium to heavy, a bit oily in the mouthfeel, and a lingering sweet boozy finish. Pretty heavy handed on the sweet, booze and barrel for my taste. Thanks for opening this one Matt.
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml yellow waxed and capped, thanks Dave! Pours a thick viscous black with a few loose bubbles around the edges. Rich roasty chocolate malt, hints of ash, balanced coffee, tons of barrel...peach, apple, vanilla, vodka. Viscous oily body with no carbonation. Dark bitter cocoa, raisins, plum, vodka, licorice, vodka, apple, vodka, ashy oak...did I say vodka? So boozy and hot...I was so looking forward to this beer.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well 100th percentile and not carbonated? Ok. Nose of vanilla, dark fruit vinousness, dark malts, roast. Black pour, no head. Flavors of bourbon barrel vanilla brown sugar, vodka, pepper,brandy vinuous notes, roast. Not carbonated, a little hot. Extra boozy. Thick, sweet, almosty syrupy. Lingering actual beer flavor - roast... Oh thereís the barrel. Fuck. 4.6. Did I mention its not carbonated.
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750, capped and waxed. Thanks bvc! Pours jet black with no head lace or legs. Big peach and vanilla nose, tons of bourbon and wood. Roast behind that. Sticky thick flat body. Roast, coffee, and tons of peach and vanilla on the mid palate. Would be nice to taste more beer and less barrel, along with some bubbles.