Niko100 (1486) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, oak, vanilla, bourbon, & licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, dark fruit (notably plums & prunes), raisons, and chocolate; Warm finish; Very nicely balanced & quite complex; Wow - this stuff is awesome!
dctriman (37) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this beer. Doesnít seem to have lost quality since the ab inbev buyout. Smooth boozy flavor
Bestbrew1 (46) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hard to drink a 12 oz alone. This beer is so boozy and rich plan on spending a long time drinking a bottle trying to figure out all of the complexities. This is definitely a sipper. Dark chocolate vanilla and dark fruits.
Martinus (1779) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear dark, almost black colour, beige dissipating head. Aroma of Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. Sweet flavour, light astringent, alcohol, Bourbon, vanilla. Wood, chocolate, sweet. Full body, thick, maybe even too thick. Finish Bourbon, alcohol, lots of vanilla.
(from 355mL bottle shared with friends. Thanks Benzai for bringing it for me!)
dnicolaescu (102) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head: beige, minuscule, no retention. Colour: deep amber, practically black opaque.
Aroma: sweet, dark fruit, molasses, syrupy, vanilla, a bit of alcohol. Taste: starts very sweet and syrupy, some roasted sourness follows and finishes with a spicy alcoholic bitterness. Not much bourbon or wood detected. Intense, fine, but a bit overrated imho.
DutchDrebus (2274) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle @ benzai. Thx for sharing! Pitch black colour with a lovely brown head, which unfortunately doesnít last very long. Smells vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, lots of bourbon, caramel, nuts. Tastes lots of dark chocolate, lots of bourbon, some vanilla, lovely roasty, nuts. The taste keeps on growing after the sip. Lasting taste. Full body, silky, soft carbo. The aftertaste is lovely. Slightly warming but not too alcoholic. Love it.
djroehler (154) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour on tap at bricks. Viscous black with thin dark mocha head. Burnt oak and vanilla, rich bourbon, cinnamon and cloves nose. Taste is rich vanilla and hard charred oak, slight cream, coffee and chocolate mid palate, dark dried fruits. Body is big, but not crazy, with a creamy texture and light carbonation and alcohol slightly showing through.
sic1314 (959) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a viscous very dark brown with a minimal, rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma of coffee, mild dark chocolate and roasted malt. Full. smooth body, flavour of sweet vanilla smooth milk chocolate and sweet alcoholic goodness. Very sweet alcohol end. Lovely.
vvesside (149) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle from timfoolery. Really great. Cracked it for my mom on Motherís Day. She loved it
BlowOffTube (53) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008, poured black with this tan head. Aroma of chocolate bourbon and hints of vanilla. Aged perfect! Taste is velvety smooth chocolate, vanilla all blended awesome with a rich bourbon backbone. Carbonation is spot on with a thick body to hold such a complex taste. Awesome! Wow. Thank you Foppa!
hopbomber (97) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with light brown head surprising amount of carbonation given the percentage. Aroma is Bourbon, hints of chocolate and hops.
Taste is creamy chocolate, caramel, dark malts and fruit and of course Bourbon.
I feel the Bourbon overpowers it thats almost all I got in the aftertaste its like an imperial stout with a shot of Bourbon inside. Good, not great.