IluvatarMilan (281) - Greater London, - DEC 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pure oil coupled with a mighty brown head. Rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate and cream. Taste is insanely smooth, powerful coffee, mild chocolate. Aftertaste is slightly astringent with some bitter tones, a great way to balance the intial velvet force.
stouby (4041) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DBF2014. Black with a small tan. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, heavy notes of red wine barrel, vanilla, wood, licorice, dark fruits, red wine, coffee). Flavor like described, really complex, some warming alcohol. Full body.
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super chocolatey stout, soem vinous wine notes, minty oxidation in the finish.
phredrik (1012) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like ink with a brown head. Aroma is very rich with wine notes, dark fruits and black currants, chocolate and vanilla, burnt sugar, a brownie note, toasted hazelnuts. A hint of oxidation from the aging. Gorgeous aroma! The taste is also very rich on the wine notes; tannins, black currant notes, oakiness, lots of sweetness, but still rather dry in the finish. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee, datk sugar and figs. Complex malt. Light roasted sourness in the finish, lingering oak and chocolate. Such a beautiful beer!
Yorker (1549) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with some sediment and a small tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, red wine, vanilla, liquorice, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavour is much like the aroma – with some warming alcohol and a bitter finish.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in June 2009. Poured rich, inky near-black with just a spotty dusting of dark brown head.. seemed to be high viscosity. The aroma knocked it out of the park.. rich chocolates, vanilla, licorice, and toasted biscuity malts were laced by Port wine, Bordeaux, and oak barrel.. quasi-warm, but no more than it should’ve been considering the ABV.. loved it! The flavor found near-burnt licorice and black malt at the core, with tasty vanilla and bitter, not that pleasant oxidation around and throughout.. some redder vinous character and toasted oak around.. finished dry with a lot of oak and earthy bitterness plus some coffee. Heavy-bodied and a tad syrupy on the palate.. unfortunately sharp and bitter in a few places where it didn’t need to be.. this was very good, but was probably better a couple years ago.
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can’t recall if I got this one in a trade with KingCecil or benzai as both were epic traders. Shared with the AZ crew during Woodshed 2.0. Dark ebony pour with a mocha colored crown. Cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and the Bordeax is still there. Aroma more vibrant than the flavor. Hint of oxidation but still damn good. Shocked that I got to try this long time want!
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle cheers to Papso. Balance is superb in this big brew. Espresso tones come through without too much bitterness therefore not overpowering anything else. Balanced out by light oak and vanilla undertones which add the right amount of sweetness to it. Quite vinous. 12% never shows. Complexity and depth all balanced out nicely. Great stuff
jonnyguns (1102) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a jet black with a dark orange head. Looks like a good espresso shot. Nose has oak vanilla, roasted espresso/malts and raisins. Taste is incredibly smooth probably the aging for 5 years. Oak vanilla dominates the taste! Fuck this is good shit
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Huhzubendah (2945) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!
Limited Release No. 1
The beer is dark brown, approaching black. The liquid appears quite viscous. Mmm. Atop the beer rests a thin, beige collar.
The aroma offers roast, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and a delectable tannic quality.
The flavor surpasses the aroma. A terrific beer that was not even on my radar. Complex and teeming with delicious flavor. The tannic aspect is unusual, but melds beautifully into the overall flavor profile.
The feel is full bodied and viscous with low carbonation. A delightful beer to sip and savor.
I would thoroughly enjoy having this again. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-29-2012
fletchfighters (1236) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Bluebetty for the bottle. Massive want.
A-- Poured a dark, sludgy reddish brown. Settled black with hints of ruby at the top of the beer. Slow building half finger of dark chocolate marshmallow looking head, quickly fades away to film and milk chocolate color. Film sticks around through drinking. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Bordeaux right off the bat. Lots of wine like qualities in the nose. Dark coco, dark fruits, and Carmel underneath the barrel flavors. Lots going on here.
T-- Dark, bitter chocolate, dark bitter coco powder, coconut, Carmel, plumbs, and red wine.
M-- Lots of tannins in the front. Sticks to gums and to tongue. Rich, thick and coating. A little bit thin in the middle and finishes with a dry shiraz and coco powder finish.
O-- Prefer the port barrel to this. Still this is very, very good. A little slanted towards the wine at times but easy to drink and savor. Alcohol is well hidden and this is quite unique.