blklab2007 (2015) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle through recent trade. Pour has a very dark brown color bordering on black with basically no head and a somewhat still look in the glass. Aroma has rich malt, light roast, some complementing oxidation, brown sugar, brandy, and some barrel wood. Wow, a truly wondurful aroma with light fruited touches and such depth. Mouth feel is thick and oily and there is a slight bit of carbonation but not much. Flavor has plenty of malt, a bit more roast/smoke, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, barrels, and light bourbon. This is really complex and rich with a bit of heat at times warming you through the glass.
Salmoniform (1004) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, oak, hickory smoke. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet with a huge savory following and slight ethanol finish. Overall, this brew is amazing!
stoutnick (620) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle in trade with bursprak, Thanks mate! Muddy brown pour into Unibroue glass. Minor head. Aroma is oak, mild bourbon, molasses, prunes, dates. Great complex smell which doesnít rely on any one characteristic. Also, one of the very few beers with a dark fruit smell which doesnít remind me of a Belgian strong, which is good. Taste begins with massrive sweetness like fortified wine, then honeyed prunes and dates, toffee, caramel. Lovely soft carbonation. Abv extremely well hidden. Finishes with a very very mild smoke which is surprising for its lightness - must have used less smoked malts in this most recent vintage. Dry finish. Just a great drinking beer here! As it warms dark fruits take over more and a boozey vibe. Overall, best HoD Iíve yet had - perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Like the best parts of Adam and Fred had a baby and called it Matt.
Benzai (8986) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle [from trade with cavemanlawyer, big thanks!!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Niels. Opaque dark brown to black color, small off-white head that diminishes instantly. Aroma is malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary. Tastes about the same: malts, alcohol, honey, sweetish, sugary, perhaps a slight bitter. But itís just not, no totally not what I had expected it to be. Quite a disappointment.
DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sherry, bourbon, sweet, alcohol, red wine, rinse appelstroop, boozy. Pretty sweet stuff. Tastes cider, cork, mead, honey, alcohol, sweet, booze, wallnut. Full body, soft carbo.
DedicatedToFun (3057) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks GT2, black pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, boozy, sweet, awesome.
bursprak (779) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle split two ways, thanks Aaron! Almost black pour, slightly see through at the edges, with a small beige head. This one has so many things going on, tobacco, vanilla, apples, loads of dark dried fruits, roast, some light smoke and some bourbon. In a weird way all this comes together in a beautiful way and itís a great sipper.
Danyel (1075) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Hair of the Dog. Pours black with very little to no head. Aroma is strong of chocolate, sweet, molasses, coconut, apples, roast . Taste is a little roasty, sweet fruits, low carbonation, full bodied, tons of flavor. Overall, great.
SirBruceWillis (10) - BANGLADESH - NOV 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong ale he fuckiní tells me. Brewed with candy sugar and a bunch of fucking tutuís. Who is this Matt jerkweed?
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from HotD, 2013 vintage. Pours a near black color with no head on there at all. Nose has barley and very slight wood elements, slight caramel and chocolate, and a bit of dry wine. Taste is thick and complex, rich, with a bit of licorice and dark fruit. Feels super smooth and drinks wonderfully.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) cloudy dark brown, fine and soapy tan bubbles. Nose of Apple, brown sugar, caramel, light peat, candi sugar. Taste of caramel, bourbon, sweet, rich, marshmallow, thick body. Long linger.