BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, nutty and roast malt, whiskey and oak with dark fruity esters and earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominant, whiskey barrel, dark fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
hopscotch (9163) - 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!
daknole (9115) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black pour, brown head. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, big bourbon notes, oak, molasses. Damn good!
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ The Forge Foco. Deep brown appearance with a very nice, bubbly, dark brown head. Very rich caramel, big toffee, thick woody, vanilla, delicious bourbon, dark chocolate aroma. Excellent aroma- couldn’t ask for more. Super smooth, incredibly tasty, dark caramel, chocolate, big vanilla, super smooth, delicious bourbon flavor. Toffee, chocolate aftertaste. A bit of booze on the finish but super smooth overall. Delicious, sweet dessert beer that is so fucking smooth. Bravo. Edit: as the beer warms up, the alcohol is a lot more noticeable in the nose.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, white waxed bottle. 2011 vintage, bottle # 5350. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, some caramel, and some bourbon. Tastes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some dark fruits.
Theydon_Bois (8720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at GBBF ’13, thanks to Joris, 13/08/13.
Mid black with a thin tan head.
Nose is bourbon, oaky, toffee, chocolate.
Taste comprises dark chocolate, earthy tones, dark toffee, bourbon infused wood, hint of bitterness.
Full end of medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate.
Great stuff, plenty of depth to the flavours and easy drinking belying the 10% ABV.
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this.
Benzai (8234) - 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.
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing Bottle #2516. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Oaky bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Rich and smooth body with flavors of vanilla, oak, caramel malt and dark chocolate. Booze is rather subtle throughout. The finish is woody with a lingering dark malty aftertaste. Very good beer all around.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 bottle, # 2307. Pours thick oily jet black with 1-finger tan head that retains well. More head than the 12 EC here. Nose is very similar to the 18 year; a lot of oaky earthy malt, figgy, port, blackberry, and raisin fruits, oaky spirity. Tastes very rich, smooth to the level of nitrogenation, complex, with loads of oaky spirits, earthy cacaoey and blackberry malt, port, figs, and more heat as it warms, and none of that scotch barrel aftertaste. This one is world-class.