Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - BLACK, thick brown head, chocolate lacing
Aroma - Coffee, brownies, vanilla, wood, raisins
Taste - Fruit, molasses, mocha, vanilla, oak, nuts, liquor
Thank you Jordan for this exquisite elixir! This beer is almost chewy, full of brandy-soaked dark fruits and soft coffee undertones. You can taste cognac in every sip, but it’s so perfectly balanced... One of Cigar City’s best. There’s no doubt that this will age wonderfully.
phredrik (1023) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ØlKonsortiet summer shananigans. Classic Cigar City imp stout look, jet black with a huge dark brown head. instant 5 in appearance. Loads of roasted malts on the nose, intense roastiness, soy, liquorice and notes of fruity cognac. Taste is full on roasted malts, bitter chocolate notes, a bit of very nice sourness from the intense roastiness, which gives notes of acidic coffee, topped off with slight hints of the cognac. Barrel aging not very in your face, but leaves plenty of room for the complexity of the malts. Not as sweet as I feared, this is a lovely beer!
MOLA_DK (370) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Slightly dusty aroma, but dark fruits, coffee. Very full body, slightly acidic from the burnt malts.
Art (2233) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade. Pours a inky black like motor oil. Slight brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, fudge. Taste is sweet with a light boozy heat. Body is medium thick but not as thick as expected. Very slick and silky smooth.
charule (1574) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to Art. Poured thick black with no head. Aroma sweet salty vanilla choc cognac. Light carb med bod. Tastes sweet choc malty loads of barrel still
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with a medium light brown head that diminishes.Aroma of cognac, malt and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of milk chocolate, roasted malt, cognac, and a bit of black cherry. The finish is cognac with a lingering chocolate aftertaste overall very good.CHEERS!
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Dany, Rudy, Eric, and my wife at Be Bap in Montreal. Pours a deep midnight black with no real head. Smells of warm chocolate brownies, cocoa. Light wood, warm brandy, chewy brownies . Rich, smooth, nicely balanced.
rxeight (1885) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle. Kind of a mess. Bitter roast overpowers the barrel. Ok but not as good as I hoped.
TheEpeeist (3540) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #100 for this one. 25.4 oz bottle. Deep brown with a tan slick and a few edgy bubbles. Nose is chocolate cake, cognac, wood, raisin and molasses. Oily medium body with a sharp boozy tang. Taste is black licorice, dark chocolate, soft cognac, boysenberry and malt. Big brew but well contained.
gEUS (1470) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Diabeeeetus! Bottle kindly shared by kermis at the CMLSG14 cellar tasting. Pours deep black with a decent head. Incredibly boozy sweet chocolate nose and it pulls all the way through over the body and aroma. Over the top sweetness whicc disbalances the whole beer. Pity.
JulienHuxley (4231) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at tasting. Flat black pour. Aroma is really chocolatey, dark fruits (plums, dates), very light roast, light oaky notes. Taste is very sweet, heavy and boozy, cloying fruity sweetness, port notes. Palate is rich and sweet, low carbonation, cloying. Interesting flavors, but way over the top.