koleminer20 (2647) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Finally found the long-lost notebook from the 4 Elf Party at Dark Horse on December 13! So, thatís where this was found. Shared by someone as I was wandering around the line making friends. Vintage 2013. The pour is a lighter black than I was expecting to see, but it does have a nice dense, layer of dark tan head and some decent lace. The aroma is heavy malt, with a great roast, though light, and a nice bourbon heat to it. There is definitely some barrel and a nice vanilla undertone. Light cocoa comes through on the back end. The flavor is a little less complex. There is the vanilla and bourbon, but the malts kind of dominate the show here. There is a nice heat on the back end. The mouth feel is a little light. The carbonation I think could be helped here, but itís not bad at all. Coats the mouth decently, and hangs a couple of seconds. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty, with a hint of bitter chocolate
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tons of sweet bourbon roasted malt, dark chocolate. Tons of oak and bourbon and excellent balance
simont1 (582) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bourbon barrel aroma, oaky, soy sauce like with vanilla, caramel and ryebread. Not that super roasted or dark Imperial stout, more like a slightly roasted barley wine which seems to umph the bourbon barrel aging a ton, in this beer the bourbon barrel drives completely, even though itís quite thin it, that didnít seem to matter too much as itís to me closer to a dark barley wine.
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black waxed 2013 bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep black with thin ring of tan bubbly head. Aroma of big barrel notes, vanilla and whiskey, barely there roast notes. Taste follows, big on the barrel, smooth and sweet, chocolate hints. Very good.
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz 2013 black wax capped bottle from Spirits Brick Blvd. Poured a great looking pitch black sollid body under a full thicker foamy dark beige head. Aroma/flavor is smooth for a big beer. Notes of whiskey, smooth chocolate, vanilla extract, dark fruit skins, char and barrel and a touch of vanilla pudding. Awesome big body that is full and creamy, milkshake like, with soft carbonation. Awesome beer.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 and served in BCBS snifter: Pours near opaque with a fading but still lasting frothy tan head and minimal lace some oily tears. Rich vanilla, marzipan, fig, and dark chocolate overtones along with moderate to light anise, roast, char, leather, tobacco, oak, hazelnut and even some smoke. This is amongst the lower roasted of the versions I have had, pretty darn sweet but not not tooth hurting. Love the mouthfeel, vinous and lush but still quite drinkable. Glad to try this now retired brew, yum!
GothGargoyle (2463) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is liquorice, bourbon, wood, dark fruits. Full bodied, slightly slick mouthfeel, fantastic balance of roasty and sweet dark fruit. Taste is prunes, dates, liquorice,bourbon. Nice
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle share. Brilliant aroma of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, wood, raisin. Taste is excellently balanced candied sugar sweetness, with dark chocolate/coffee and woody bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth, and a perfect slightly dry finish.
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx! to Mathieu87 & PriorL. 2010 Vintage. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ ďNog-een-half-jaar-tot-de-volgende-EBTĒ. Way, way better than the 3 other varieties I tried before this one. Blackish, mocha bubbles. Nose is thick chocolate, mocha, caramel, warming bourbon. Taste is thick chocolate, very creamy, vanilla bourbon, very thick & integrated. Coffee, very sweet, lots of milk chocolate. Rich body. Really surprised by this one.
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at "Nog-een-half-jaar-tot-de-volgende-EBT"- pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, whiskey.
TASTE: chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, bit chili in the aftertaste.