Benzai (11038) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home. Opaque pitch black color, average to medium sized a bit fizzy, quickly diminishing very dark brown head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, bourbon, vanilla, wood, oak, lightly sweetish and lightly alcohol. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark malts, bourbon strongly, vanilla quite firm, initially a light sweetness linked with the vanilla, changing in the middle to a roasted malt bitterness with a light alcohol burn, finishing with wood, more bourbon, slightly vanilla, roasted malts and bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. I would have loved it to be even more oily and thick texture-wise, but this is one hell of a beer. Magnificent!
Klimaet (852) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle shared by Bursprak. Thanks buddy, you’re the man :) Pours pitch black with a big dark brown head. Aroma is pretty fruity, vanilla, dark chocolate, savory licorice. Taste is vanilla, light amount of roast, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruits, fudge, some licorice.
brunomoreno (32) - BRAZIL - MAY 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark and oily pour. Low tan head. Roast and caramel in equilibrium. Hints of chocolate and coffee, with bourbon barrel character in hints of coconut and vanilla. High and ticky body.
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, extra from a trade over on BA. Split two ways. Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Nose has vanilla, some dark dried fruits, fresh coffee, caramel and some salty licorice. Taste is smooth, vanilla, light roast, milk chocolate and some light fruity notes.
Nisse666 (5216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wee bottle as an extra in a trade with knickskicks - you rock! - cons 2015-05-12 Spring Hill - 11% and golden wax
AR: caramel, bourbon vanilla, milk chocolate when poured scottish fudge
AP: black on black, wee frothy diminishing dark brown head
F: rich carbonation, heavy warming feeling, dark milk chocolate bar, scottish caramel fudge, bourbon vanilla, full bodied long and lasting flavors, great brew! And yeah - some american chocolate cookie cream ice cream
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
By far the best thing that Dark horse puts out. Great stout to get your hands on if you can.
nathan30533 (913) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes, yes, yes please. This brew is aged perfectly in bourbon barrels and oh so enjoyable. Taste and enjoy.
aleigator (510) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ba plead the 5th ’12 vintage, huge thanks to Ron for the bottle!
Has a viscous black color, with a dark brown, fizzy head, revealing a small film of lacing at the edge of the glass.
Smells of cocoa nibs, toffee and lots of warm oak, exhibiting distinct vanilla notes. A hint of cinnamon settles among toasted malts and tobacco, while the aromas lead into a rich chocolate direction. Well pronounced barrel reveals quite a bit of Bourbon, which gets gently balanced by melted chocolate.
Drinks expectedly smooth, letting the complex character evolve.
Tastes of bakers chocolate and fudge, accompanied by whipped cream, while scorched malts, hot oak, cinnamon and mint reveal the beers fantastic flavors. The brews smooth mouthfeel sets new standards, which gets especially well accentuated by carbonized malts, earth and bitter coffee, providing a tremendous range of flavors. Has a hot, oak supported finish, with toffee, fudge and vanilla on top, while coffee creates a long lasting, slightly dry ending, with tobacco and earth.
Awesome beer, incredibly rich in flavors - very focused on creamy chocolate, and roasted coffee with burned malts as its counterpart, while staying focused and in perfect balance. This intriguing melange gets enriched by the hot boubon barrel, adding vanilla and wooden oak to the taste, as well as a hot glow. Chocolate developes on the palate, beginning as creamy milk chocolate, while ending as slick bitter chocolate.
mstrcrwly (729) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a snifter..dark as night with a thin tan head..aroma of bourbon,caramel,dark fruits,vanilla,wood..tastes of coffee,dark fruits,bourbon,smoke..excellent.
AndyReynolds (1078) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow wow wow wee wow! Bottle shared by a generous person at DLD. Impressive... most impressive.