sjohnny (470) - - DEC 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whiskey and toffee with some dates and vanilla. Black with a quickly fading dark tan head. Tons of lacing. Slightly effervescent, some coffee and cocoa bitterness. Dark fruit, coffee, booze, licorice. Just a hint of spice at the finish and a lingering boozy warmth in the throat.
allmyvinyl (8820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is more dark chocolate, dark sugars, whisky and berries at the end. Sweet. thinner than the 24, quite a sticky texture though. Nice.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Mike. Black with tan head. Aroma os slightly elusive, roasty chocolate and slightly tangy. Taste of rich roasty chocolate, touch of whisky. Licorice, molasses. Sweet and bitter with a slightly sticky finish. Nice but preferred the xxiv.
cgarvieuk (20241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft roast ... chocolate roast nose ... dark roast ... bitter roast .. soft bourbon ... bourbon is thining the body ... lovely berry finish ... .. soft mellow roast... mellow roast ... dark malts ... bitter
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black color with no head. Aroma is woody and bourbon with dark chocolate. The taste is smooth. Sweet, sour, and bitter. This beer has a lot going on. Rich chocolate filed by sweet and sour berries and a lightly bitter burnt malt aftertaste. Perfect beer for a cold winter night by the fire.
Lukaduke (2918) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Kipp ! Pours a deep burnt umber color with two fingers of bubbly khaki foam. The nose is weird a bi tof clay, play dough, caramel and chocolate upfront with hints of licorice and plum. The palate follows with a slick mouthfeel and a medium roastiness, lots of chocolate, some dark fruit and some strange earthy caramel. Something about this beer is underwhelming but I just can’t put my finger on it exactly.
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Revolution, Oakland. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, licorice, berries? and roasted malts. Has some elements of red wine, quite massive but easy to drink.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Roasty, darkly sweet, chocolate aroma, lightly spicy and toasty with notes of sweet alcohol, oak, currant, dark, berryish fruit, roasted malts, dark chocolate, faint bourbon, char and earthiness. Opaque black color, with a fine, uneven, slight, light tan head, some sparse lacing and legs noted as well. Flavor profile is exceedingly complex, with suggestions of pepper, dark chocolate, toffee, old wood, dark fruit, fig, black currant, rich, dark malts, toasted bread, cherry, earth, alcohol, bourbon and faint espresso. Warming and gently acidic on the palate, low in effervescence with a huge body. Seems to go on forever. This is a gigantic beer.
mlehman1 (2) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Unbelievable! Dates, Figs, Bourbon Barrels, I'm a proud 25 year vet! Thank You for this!!
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black body complete with a rocky cap floating on top. Just took a massive first sip and it was good, but on to the aroma. Really smell the bourbon, vanilla, hints of chard wood, coffeeish but not, its all good. Taste is smooth..... to smooth............. way to smooth, drinks quick. The black current is noticeable on the tongue. Coffee, bourbon, burnt stuff. Starting to come across really sweet. I like this beer, thanks Fran!!!!