M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark khaki, short, frothy head temporarily crowns a black body with mahogany trim, falling glass staining and dots of lace
Mild intensity, blueberry soaked whiskey fudge with accents of dried dark fruit and smoke, undertones of caramel and nutty oak barrel conjuring marshmallow... well balanced sweetness, bitterness, and spirit on a clean and mostly lean medium-light body leading to residuals with medium duration of the previously mentioned components... quite light and easy going with mild complexity while also managing to be complimentary enough to be enjoyable, overpriced
Capped 22 oz bottle purchased day of most recent KC release, consumed after about one week, served at 50° into Orrefors Difference Porter
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to James. Big boozy nose. Bourbon and oak. Some vanilla. Sticky. Followed by sweetness.
jmgreenuk (7686) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the End of an Era tasting at ABC Beers, Den Haag, courtesy of Jeroen. Poured a dark brown colour with a frothy round tan head. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich sweet malt, coffee chocolate, woody bourbon palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (9036) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2015 Bottle at the End of an Era tasting at ABC Beers, Den Haag
No head or carbonation. Clear black pour. Lots of bourbon. Very good.
JBPortland (1489) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark brown black with small head. The barrel treatment really elevated this beer, lots of chewy fudge, brownie, roasty char, mixed with yummy gooey vanilla, marshmallow, and some oaky spice. Probably my favorite Evil Twin beer that I’ve tried so far.
Franckg (1183) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pas de date d’embouteillage mais vieillie au moins 1 an. Robe noire avec un col de mousse brun foncé qui s’estompe rapidement. Arômes de chocolat fudge, vanille, crème, biscuits. Légère présence de bourbon qui se mêle merveilleusement aux effluves sucrées. Un peu boisé. Ressemble somme tout à la version originale mais avec cette touche subtile de bourbon légèrement boisé. En bouche, attaque sucrée en partant. Fudge, noisettes, cappuccino, crème, pâte à biscuit. Le vieillissement en fut de bourbon apparaît ensuite et apporte des saveurs de bois humide et de vanille. Un peu épicé par la présence du bourbon, plus amère également. Un peu de grains de café et cendre. Pointes de baies confites et anis. Texture bien onctueuse et rondeur incroyable. Ressemble beaucoup à la version de base, le bourbon reste subtil mais laisse tout de même sa marque. Excellente.
aleigator (783) - GERMANY - NOV 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with a small mohagony head, fading to a small lacing at the edge of the glass. The head yields huge bubbles, turning to decadent alcohol legs after swirling.
Smells of moldy bitter chocolate, tons of fudge, a whiff of caramel and tobacco, tied together by a huge amount of roasted malts and bourbon soaked wood bark. While the Bourbon doubtlessly has a hot sting to it, it is well entangled into the beers soothing, rich malt qualities, creating a nutella like creaminess, as for a subtle hazelnuts layer on top.
Has a low carbonation, leaving the spotlight on the beers full body, revealing a stunning creaminess, creating a silk mouthfeel, despite the hot Bourbon burn during the finish.
While it begins earthy, with a profound roastiness to it, the beer develops a pungent, bitter dark chocolate character, mellowed by whipped cream and marshmellows. This balanced impression helps toffee, fudge and wooden vanilla to come up, while a tongue numbing sharpness follows immediately, once matured, dry oak hits the tastebuds. Profound Bourbon punches at the back of the throat for a short glance, producing a dry peak, balanced by mellow toffee, molasses and fresh brewed espresso. Leaves the palate as silk as during its beginning, while finishing way sweeter, to tame the very prominent, spicy Bourbon.
There is a bit of an ambivalence going on in this for me. The beer produces a fantastic, utmost smooth mouthfeel, finding its antagonist in the equally profound Bourbon, which almost creates a certain harshness, numbing my palate. The same is true for a nutella like sweetness on the one hand, and dark bitter chocolate on the other. This beer is extreme. I find it astonishing that it is still able to exhibit a convincing balance, resulting in a sipper you can wrap your head around the whole evening.
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, vanilla. Medium mouth, strong roast, bourbon, wood, light bitterness, very nice.
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from notes (10/10/14). Pours oily black with a tiny quick wispy head that looked reddish/tan and faded to a tiny collar. Aroma was strong bourbon vanilla marshmallow with burnt roasted malt. Taste was much the same strong bourbon up front with bitter roasted malt chocolate and marshmallow slight oak and bitterness. Palate was full silky and warming from the boozy bourbon. Nice.
StilleStorm (1421) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DWFAWB; Draft Poured festival style, black with a creamy frothy and lacing tan head. Nose is moderate to heavy, roasted malt, alchol, coffee, chocolate, beans, vanilla and barrel. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a lasting chocolate warming finish. Body is medium to full, texture is silky, carbonation is soft.