Gerbeer (2268) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 650 ml bottle.
Original rating for 2012 vintage sampled Sept/12:
Pours black with very little head. Aromas of smoke and dark chocolate powder. Smoky light bourbon flavor with underlying dark chocolate and black coffee notes. Alcohol present but in keeping with the bourbon taste. Nice. Much better now that it’s aged for a bit.
Again for 2012 vintage sampled May/13 - Much richer though still hot. Additional toffee notes.
2015 vintage sampled Feb/15 (12.2%) - Pours black with slight tan head. Aromas of licorice, ash, roasted barley and alcohol. Flavors carry same with dark chocolate and light bourbon. Very hot. Probably the hottest to date - possibly overkill - but will need to cellar and see. 8/4/9/3/15
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL black wax thanks to Emily. Deep blood red pour with small mocha bubbles. Ruby highlights. Nose is sweet tomato, salt, savory pickle, rendered fat, smoked brisket, roasted meat. Very interesting. Taste is bitter, fatty, semisweet chocolate, hazelnut. Palate is clean, nutty, bitter. Not bad.
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VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 Big thanks to the esteemed Mr. Dove for this rare treat. black. It pretty much slid out of the bottle in eerie silence setting the trap to ambush my senses. There is a thin dark brown head that lasts surprisingly long and produced random speckles. The succulent dark milky chocolate, dark roast and sweet bourbon notes just got hammered down by the alcohol. Now, that hasn’t happened on every snort of my air intake valves but it happened enough. Often is just pure goodness. A bunch of testing has lead me to know that the bourbon shows up when ever it wants in varying degrees. Raisin, plum and nuts. Decent aroma that is not heavily complex but very nice. The taste is warm, thick and velvety smooth. Starts quiet but about mid way the goodness smashes through and goes out forever. Wait.... wait.... ah there it is. A bit odd to have to wait but I think there’s a saying about that. Not a lot of food or water and lots of biking and mud has me all of a sudden feeling this beer more than I’ve felt beers effects in quiteP a while. Thick medium dark chocolate with minor bitterness, smooth roast that blends in at the back ground. Bourbon and im blown away but the olympics are blowing my mind farther. Ah fuck. I’ll be drunk off this when I finish it. 1/4 bottle to go. Cream, choco, malt, light alc bite, burb, thickness. This is what it needs to be. It really earns its stripes on the last half of the flavour. The bourbon really makes its mark when warm. Man - Elizabeth Tweedle is so not bangable.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is nearly black in color with a small khaki colored head. Plenty of roasted malt with a bit of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Tons and tons of barrel, which was a bit unexpected. The flavor offers a little less bourbon and vanilla notes with a bit more roasted malt flavor, along with some bitter chocolate. Light coffee and malt sweetness. The bourbon comes out a bit more as the beer warms up.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/orange tint., with a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel, bourbon and oak. Flavour as above, roasted, nuts and booze. Full bodied. Nice.
bhensonb (12135) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/bubbly tan head. Aroma is pretty much bourbon. Near full bodied. Flavor starts with chocolate and quickly transitions to bourbon. The funny thing is that the bourbon is not overpowering - it’s just the principal flavor in a very smooth and tasty IS. There’s burnt malt, but the bourbon smooths it out. The heat is hard to find. Finishes mildly sweet chocolate with bourbon. Oak? I think so. There’s an astringent aspect. Really good stuff here.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with finger of tan head. Smell is strong bourbon, vanilla, nice roast. Taste is sweet vanilla and bitter coffee, chocolate, bit of alcohol. Decent.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee bourbon roast alcohol chocolate. Black thick boom. Roast dark bitter chocolate coffee bourbon roast alcohol. Thick boozy balance. Good.
RumRunner101 (866) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2010. Lots of bourbon in the aroma with vanilla, molasses. Flavours of vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, espresso. Very bold and the alcohol emerges on the finish. Surprisingly smooth.
LarryBeast (579) - - APR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Deep, dark and aggressive. Thick and roasty, pours like intergalactic molasses. More coffee than chocolate, but with notes of sweetness and a hint of bourbon that helps carry the high alcohol content beautifully. I wish this wasn’t limited to just being a seasonal offering and am already marking off the days until next year’s version comes out.
UPDATE: 2013 was worth the wait. Dark fruits stand out a little more, as does the bourbon and the oak.