Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dense coal-black with a thin, wispy, mocha head on top. The nose is rich and sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, chocolate, charred toast. Really nice. With a beer this big, I like a bit of depth in the feel. This one delivers. Heavy full-mouth with ample carbonation to back it up. Rich, velvety feel with an easy finish. Thereís so much going on in this beer, itís hard to stay focused. The vanilla makes a showing, but it is fleeting at best. The sweetness instead comes from the semi-sweet chocolate and toffee character. With such a small percentage of this seeing the bourbon barrels, Iím not surprised that that is downplayed as well. Mild spiciness on the back end, and a slight tart kick to finish this one out. Fantastic beer. One I was glad to trade for, and one I will hunt down again.
BrewHaMeister (323) - - NOV 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Bytemesis, the 2012 Reserve bottle poured jet black with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Aromas of fresh coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a slight booze warmth. Flavor is mildly coffee bitter that lingers.
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A ton of wood flavor with some smoke. Some people will like this and some will not. I do like it but it's a bit in-your-face flavor.
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jsnicholas (433) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz $21): (2014) Dark Dark brown with brown head. Aromas are light roastyness. Taste was of roasted malts, almost Smokey. Then some licorice, but not too sweet. Very nice if you can get it.
rouhlas (1721) - GREECE - NOV 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle (v2013) from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob!! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, licorice, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, smoked notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.
fuzzcro (40) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oak barrel aging doesnít fit my taste but the black strap molasses is front and center here...it tones down the oak flavor and creates a more agreeable flavor for me.
CaptainBoosh (46) - - NOV 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black from tap with cocoa brown head. Aroma dark chocolate, dark cherries. Taste is cocoa nibs, slight coffee, dark cherry, slightly roasted, slightly sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Very good beer.
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megabeergulper (13) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licorice, rasins, booze, dark chocolate, bread rolls and an incredible velvet mouthfeel. Donít notice the pomegranate at all....Bombers the last two years. Both were excellent. Bought an extra to lay down for a vertical tasting in 2yrs. Will update if I can remember any thing after three glasses of this!
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, malts, roasted malts. Sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, liquorice and coffee. Finish roasted malts, liquorice, coffee and cacao.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, íGetting Joesíd to ití Oirschot. 2012 Reserve. Thanks for sharing, Koen!)
alobar (3210) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tar black pour with aroma of vanilla, molasses, oak, and roasted malt. Licorice, molasses, vanilla flavor with some oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt.
Daytonbeer (710) - Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with tan head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, molasses, and light soy sauce. Taste is the same with some vanilla oakiness. Very complex and vey smooth for the abv. Great brew!