DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at Standard Market during a Monday Deschutes Tap Takeover. I got to compare this to a XXIV, rare opportunity for anniversary beers for me. This one looked just a little lighter. Nose of sherry and vanilla over dark roasted malt. The taste has a pronounced cherry cola note absent in the XXIV, but it cuts across the dark roast malts. Besides the sherry notes, this tips a bit to a red wine taste, too. So much stuff going on here that I didn’t catch the bourbon notes I usually find in a BBA beer. Probably that is helping to bring up more of the fruity character from the dates and figs.
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a small tan head.
Aroma of coca powder.
The flavor has bitter chocolate and roast malt. A bit of tartness with the sweetness reserved for the finish.
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a big aroma of dried fruit and chocolate covered cherries. This is a big, complex beer with lots of chocolate, dried cherries, bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, and a warming cherry cordial finish. The ABV sneaks up on you. Very nice, full flavored dessert beer.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, fruit, malt, and chocolate. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, fruit, oak, and chocolate. Medium body. Nice, fairly long finish.
Barrelbelly (743) - BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with small head. Leathery aroma, chocolate, plastic, roasted malts. Lightly sweet with bitter aftertaste, liquor, lastig warm aftertaste.
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black body in the glass. Good sized head. Roasted malts, pretty good brew for sure.
Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz all by myself. Pours out an opaque black with a tight sandy head. Aroma is heavy roast, dark fruit and cocoa. Flavor is full bodied and thick. The roastyness is pleasant and the cocoa gives it nice sweetness. The black currants definitely adds a very berry flavor throughout and ties it all together. I like
JBPortland (1468) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours dark brown black with 2 finger tan head. Nose is rich roasty brownie dust, char, chocolate, dark fruit, plum, slight berry. Taste is similar with nice creamy palate, roasty chocolate and dark fruits with a slight fruity undertone balanced well. Finishes with some bourbony vanilla spice, dark fruit, touch of grape and plum, char chocolate and baker’s cocoa. Holding up well and pretty good!
bytemesis (6307) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black, medium tan head, slow to dissipate, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, hints of tartness, apparently from the berries? Oak tannins and a bit of cocoa, fruity for sure. Flavor is light sweet, hints of tartness, roast, berries. Not getting much bourbon influence here. Medium body.
UDBeernut (2565) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enoyed this last night. Pours dark cola hue with a nice light tan head. Figs, bourbon, vanilla, oak are the main focus in the mouth, light sweetness. Medium body with a light booze burn. Massively impressed.
vyvvy (5467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, dates, figs, raisins and smooth roast. It has a medium / full body with some roughness and mild carbonation. The flavor starts with molasses, dates, figs, raisins, roast, cream and warming alcohol. The finish has alcohol warmth, chocolate and bourbon. Pretty nice.