barn0216 (513) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Jet black, not much foam, swirling the glass shows some nice legs however. Phenomenal aroma: molasses, raisins, fig, chocolate, cinnamon, and bourbon of course. Taste brings in more of the bourbon along with some cigar tobacco qualities, a mild bitterness from cocoa/coffee. Flavor lingers long after, slowly fading to a mildly sweet and boozy finish. A top ten beer.
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 19/I/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Healthy Spirits (SF, CA) @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-79) Thanks to Thieu for bringing me the bottle from the States!
Clear dark brown to black beer, beige to brown head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, pretty sweet, bit dusty, cocoa powder. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, pretty sweet, sugary, more chocolate. Aftertaste: vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, sugary, hoppy touch, cocoa powder.
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost black colour, beige head. Aroma of molasses, candy sugar, vanilla, bourbon, light wood. Quite sweet flavour, mlats, caramel, roasted malts, cacao, whiskey, light astringent. Finish caramel, light bitter, bourbon vanilla and lingering astringency.
Good brew, nice bourbon barrel notes.
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. White wax, 2011 vintage. Courtesy of tderoeck. Thank you for sharing, Tim!!)
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of Tderoeck.
Noire foncée, hule de moteur, col léger moka-café au lait laissant un filament doré au verre.
Que dire de cette bière, tout simplement magnifique, complexité, profond profil et arôme malté, chocolaté avec un côté barrique et un bourbon fascinant laissant des notes de vaille, douceur de bouche prononcé avec ce côté chêne américain typique sur une pointe de fumé/roussi.
Note aussi un torréfié couplé à un caramel doux et bourbon qui s’invite à chaque gorgée procurant une certaine douceur réchauffante en fin de bouche. Un vrai délice.
77ships (5405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx. to tderoeck / Tim for this one. 65 cl. beautiful bottle – snow aged – lovely white wax. A beauty to behold, 2011 vintage. Pours very dark brown / black with a mocha head. Smell is booze, sweet mocha, creamy with lots of bourbon, very heavy, vanilla, sweet wood, milk chocolate, touch molasses,… Taste is very heavy on bourbon sweet, lots of barrel, this is very heavily aged, almost as if to mask the base beer which is not really available unless if I am mistaken, caramel, sweetness, toffee, sugar, milk chocolate, liquorice, touch molasses, base feels almost a bit thin for an RIS but it is very heavily aged. Creamy body. Glad to try one of these.
Benzai (9999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma and taste of malts, roastyness,lightly hops, some liquorice and too much sweetness.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with thick bubbly brown head. Aroma mainly bourbon and oak with a little roast. Taste malt sweetness with bourbon, vanilla, slight roast, chocolate and lots of oak. Finish mild oak and slight roast with malty fullness. Palate rich and creamy. Alcohol apparent.
I liked it a lot although the oak dominated more than I would like.
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased in 2012. Split a couple ways. Consumed 12-17, reviewed from notes.
A: Pitch black with a very thin mocha lacing. Legs stick.
N: Deep whiff of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Fudge is the backbone, and there is a pronounced brown sugar. The bourbon is the foreground, as it should be.
T: Dominate marshmallows and vanilla. Oak is playing second fiddle. There are traces of coffee and fudge. There is a slight sourness I find distracting, but it’s not an infection.
M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; it’s heavier and fluffier.
O: A marked improvement over the previous year, but for the price, it really lacks the stand out qualities that bring it to the next tier of BA RISes. Good stuff, but I’d rather have Parabola for half the cost.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a lush swirl of fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is sweet and singed - dark chocolate, tobacco and charcoal accompanied by traces of vanilla and alcohol. Finishes moderately sweet and warming. World class beer. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
VsXsV (2821) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, booze, chocolate, raw sugar, licorice and light coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, wood and bourbon. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth. Awesome.