BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter (and yes a bottle I did NOT get from Eric Starnes) : Pours basically opaque with a small creamy tan head, oily viscous legs and some lacework. The aroma has extremely heavy vapours of dark fruits (prune, plum , black cherry, fig) with luscious rum barrel character. What I like is I still get lots of the base beer character of milk chocolate, roast, char, tobacco, leather, tar and herbal hops. The taste is not quite the level of the nose with the heavy fruit, earthiness and barrel fighting off some oncoming sour’d twang. Sweet but never cloy, boozy but never over the top, woody but not tannic. Mikey Likey this a lot... Hopscotch why didn’t I get this from you ;-)
ansalon (1617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bishops Arms Vasagatan. Pours black with no head. Aromas of muscovado sugar, leather, rum, raisins, dates, marinated plums. Taste is muscovado sugar, raisins, rum, dates, plums. Mouthfeel is oily, sticky with almost no carbonation. Fantastic!
ej (786) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 2011 shared with BBGTC. Pours a menacing black producing a small, very dark tanned head. Aroma is marvellous.. Rich roasted malts, hints of coffee, allspice and chocolate. Faint liquorice notes as well. Taste is well balanced, roasty and semi sweet dark fruits /malts. Some bitter coffee / burnt grains. Some soy-sauce sourness, leather and slightly oxidized notes. Body is full, thick and oily texture and soft co2 levels. Awesome.
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bomber - super thick black pour with a thin head and not a lick of retention. Nose is heavy coffee, roast, and some chocolate. Taste follows the nose with some molasses and light sweetness. Booze has mellowed out some. Thick and oily on the palate. Good stuff.
kraddel (3621) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
At BBF 2014 .
Pours black, no real head . Smell is bourbon / wood . Taste is bit bitter , very chocolaty . Bit too heavy for it low carbonation, giving this the mouthfeel of flat , thick juice ( not something I like in beer ) but the other aspects are very nice
HopRedHead (393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor Erotic Affairs. Pours pitch black with a sticky, khaki head. Big aroma of raisins, spices, cinnamon, vanilla, butterscotch, brown sugar. Jingoes Moses. Flavours are similar, parading a lot more salted chocolate, rum spiciness with a touch of espresso on the finish. Super velvety body, oily on the palate. Twist my tit and call me Barry, fucking good!
maneliquor (3275) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with a fucking dark tan head. Nose has so much going for it - vanilla, dry cocoa, molasses, stewed dark fruits, brown sugar, spice and it’s very brandy forward stuff. Despite the overwhelming notes, everything is in perfect unison. The spice and apple brandy mingle unbelievably well. Taste is a balanced rollercoaster of flavours beginning with heavy raisin sweetness before dry cocoa nibs and vanilla come into play. The rum spiciness really rounds it off and adds something special to the finish. Sweet without being too viscous or oily. The finish just keeps changing and growing. It has a light astringent bitterness which melds with the vanilla pod-like sweetness and just stays and stays. The rum spice just keeps growing and it goes with this beer insanely well. Lacks a touch of creaminess on the body is probably my only qualm. The mild warmth you get from this is damn pleasing though. Absolutely incredible
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, rum-soaked, kinda like chocolate ice cream and rum raisin ice cream were blended together. Pretty good flavors but not incredibly tasty and really tough to drink. Basically, an imperial stout that is very solid but nevertheless far from the pinnacle.
jandd1983 (2758) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was slightly boozy, with rum, brown sugar and some spices. The taste was of rum, brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Awesome.
GenDV138 (1831) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Black with tan head. Aromas of rum, caramel, chocolate. Tastes of rum, dark fruit, spices, cookies, chocolate. Full body with a dry finish. Very enjoyable.
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Nater31176! Rich dark black pour, little carbonation and an aroma of sweet dark chocolate and some light booze. Flavor was nice mellow meld of slightly rummed up chocolate, just enough raisin to be noticeable and sweet milk sugar on the aftertaste. Solid.