godofsky (264) - Montréal, Quebec, - OCT 2, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
cask at DdC anniversary. 11.5%. room temp. colour is pitch black and there’s almost no head, just a thin moka rim touching the glass. aroma has all the roasted malts and coffee like the regular version, but with the added oak and bourbon from aging. the oak and bourbon is intense in both the aroma and the taste, but not at all overwhelming. this was extremely well done. thick and heavy bodied, little to no carbonation. this was already my favourite beer on earth!
Lowenbrau (1462) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle. Courtesy of Glouglouburp. Nice coffee, vanilla, toffee, liquor aromas, very well integrated. Pours dark with some tan head, some lacing. Medium body, silky and creamy texture, soft carbonation. Taste is a nice combination of coffee, mild bitter, some roasty notes, vanilla, caramel, liquorice, nuts, hints of wood, all of them in a complex smooth palate. Very well balanced and really enjoyable.
writerljberg (404) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Graham. This was a big time want, so thanks very much!
A: Black as Satan’s heart with a light cappuccino head. This invites into the darkness.
N: Coffee, peppercorns, chocolate, some caramel and vanilla. Big bourbon nose.
T: Big oak taste and a powerhouse espresso. There’s some sweetness here, but this is more coffeehouse than confectioner.
M: Medium-heavy body. Sticky. Alcohol is available but not dominant.
O: This is fantastic if not a huge improvement over the original. If you like espresso, however, this is your beer.
douglas88 (5140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Luke. Number 5,000! Quite an effort. DDC was one of the first awesome breweries I visited, so quite fitting to celebrate 5,000 with this. Here’s to another 5,000. Pours a dark almost totally black color with a medium bubbly brown head. The aroma is pure coffee, green pepper. The flavor is hot, oily at times, vanilla and sweet bourbon, oak, more huge coffee, light roast. Dry mostly. A bit of baker’s chocolate. Damn nice.
BiereLuc (639) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bière noire peu mousseuse. Le nez semble bien mûr (fruits?) avec une touche de bois mouillé, de café frais et de raisins. En bouche, la bière est boisée – tel qu’entendu –, corpulente et presque vineuse. Le café, qui est très présent dans la version régulière, laisse ici sa place aux miracles du fût de bourbon. L’alcool, qui titre pourtant à 9.5%, se présente avec douceur et légèreté. Ce produit met réellement en valeur les atouts d’un vieillissement en fût. Je l’écris souvent, mais ici plus que jamais, le dosage et l’équilibre y sont pour beaucoup.
kevinsenn (816) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from SlovakSniper - thanks! Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma of coffee, molasses, light vanilla/bourbon notes. Taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice, light vanilla, with a dry roasty finish; delicious. Smooth thick body. Good, but I’m not sure it’s any better than the non-bourbon version. Would need to do a side-by-side some time.
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cellared for three years then traded to me. Thanks gluglugburp. Pours a deep dark brown without any head. Initial aroma is of dark chocolate, well aged barrel character, some nuttiness. The coffee is long since gone here but the aroma is still grand. The taste is roasty and the bourbon is fully encorporated. The finish is mostly dry with a bitter black coffee taste. There is a slight astringency from the bourbon. Oily mouth feel with good carbonation after 3 years.
Beerman6686 (3546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a straight black color with a decent tan head. 2010 bottle btw. Aroma was loads of oak and Bourbon, light coffee and milk chocolate. Flavor was similar bit the mellowed big roast led way to big fudgy chocolate laiden with tons of Bourbon
Really nice stuff.
nimbleprop (3866) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with some creamy, beige head. Nose has mostly coffee at first, then vanilla, malt, licorice, caramel, some light toasted wood. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, vanilla, cracker, brown sugar. Lightly hot, otherwise dry finish. Very well balanced.
gunnar (4321) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Edinburgh tasting. Pours deep amber with a small head. Aroma of dark chocolate, some sweet vanilla. Taste is boozy, thick mouthfeel,traces of bourbon, cocoa, a little too boozy for me.
dresden (645) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black with a short tan foam head. Aroma is strong coffee, barrel, chocolate and coffee. Delicious sweet vanilla, caramel, coffee taste. Hot bite of booze and fantastic bourbon barrel notes. Excellent.