Jannick13 (140) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. tried during a comparative tasting of the 2007, 2011 and 2013 versions. 2011 version: Amazing aroma right off the bat. Coffe, vanilla, caramel, tofee, black cherries. Taste is similar and extremely smooth bodied.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2013. Pour is close to black with a very small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of deep oak, black coffee, dark chocolate, and booze. Finish is medium bitterness, vanilla beans, and coffee.
sudomorph (908) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 341ml bottle. Pours black with a ring of tan bubbles for a head. Aroma is strong with dark chocolate, bourbon barrel, coffee, and that nuttiness. Taste is bitter. Smooth bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of espresso at the end. Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a big body and dry finish. Overall very nice. I’m sure the age has smoothed out the rough edges but this could probably age further.
rejtable (1728) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Pours black with some brown on edges when help up to light. Limited initial tan head and minimal lacing. Nose is leather, bourbon, espresso. Flavours are dark fruit, bitter chocolate, espresso, bourbon. Taste is med/heavy sweet med bitter. Full oily body smooth with med carbonation and a lasting bitterness. Incredible.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks Mikey! Holy schnikeies batman! this is one crazy fabulous beer. The only thing I would add to other glorious reviews is the pungent woody earthy cork overtones.
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
13 bottle, pours black with low tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is thick rich bourbon and roasted coffee, dry roast finish, well done
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle with much thanks to mcberko. Labeled as 2013. Pours lovely opaque black with a short-lived tan head that dissipates to leave behind a ring of fine bubbles and some irregular lacing. Aroma is lovely -- milk chocolate and vanilla comes first, followed by a small dose of well-roasted coffee, and finishing with blackberries and dark fruit. Really impressive, balanced, inviting nose. Taste: Coffee is much more prominent in the mouth, but still wonderful balanced. Layers of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and roast. There is sweetness, but instead of the syrupy heavy-handed sweetness I’ve come to expect in barrel-aged stouts, the sweetness here is ... deeper, subtler, more nuanced, and balanced nice roast, bitter finish. The result is a taste that is rich, but comes across neither as overly sweet nor particularly bitter. So yeah, I basically just used a lot of words to reiterate "balanced," which I’d already said. Expert wordsmith I am. Finishes somewhat dry with warming alcohol in my belly (and on my tongue, now that I can step back and am not so enamored with the rest). Palate: full body, average carbonation, slick and creamy texture. Overall: this is lovely.
milara (71) - Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Version 2013 déguster en décembre 2014.) Bière élégante aux arômes de bourbon, de caramel, de chocolat et de café. Texture ronde mais ardente de fût de chêne et de torréfaction. Final longue digne d’un alcool fort et chaleureux. Bière de gangster, rare et apprécié.
bursprak (1344) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split 4 ways Jet black pour with a fairly large tan head. Nose has loads of freshly ground coffee, licorice, tobacco and some dark chocolate. Taste follows the nose pretty much with the addition of some vanilla sweetness and light ash.
HippyHop (446) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Good gravy this stuff is good. Pour is jet-black with a velvety brown head with solid retention and great lacing. This barrel-aged version doesn’t have as much coffee punch as the original, but there’s so much else going on. Chocolate and coffee, lots of boozy bourbon and wood, vanilla, dark fruit, molasses and caramel, roasted grain/burnt toast and a bit of smoke. Taste is more velvet: a smooth, creamy, sweet, heavy malt with a perfect amount of chocolate/coffee bitterness to hide the alcohol. This stuff is so well-balanced. Nothing overwhelms, notably the bourbon barrel, which is on full display without stealing the show. I wish I had a hundred more of these.