JStax (4991) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle pours black. Aroma is heavy chocolate and graham crackers with just a little booziness. Very sweet and malty with a nice drying finish. The chocolate in this is just superb. Very good beer.
hackobock (3286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 22, 2016. Bottle, shared by linusb.
Black with a medium sized dense brown head Aroma is fruity, malty and floral with some red berries, wood, toffee, notes of bourbon, notes of chocolate.
Taste is sweet with toffee and aspberries, some floral notes, smooth finish with a touch of bourbon, vanilla and raspberries. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
rlgk (17300) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at TradeBookCon#4 160722. Opaque black beer with anice beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, licorice, cocoa powder, fruity notes, some coffee. Roasted cocoa powder flavor, coffee, chocolate, fruity notes, some dark chocolate. Quite nice.
linusb (717) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pitch black with a thin off white/light brown head. N: Coffee, chocolate, paprika, light bourbon T: Raspberry, coffee, cassis, chocolate O: Surprisingly much berries! Low on the BA... Decent though...
AWISLguy (2386) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
4oz sampler (twice) at Brusin’ Ales in Asheville. Black pour, light brown head. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, light fudge, light caramel. Taste is sweet from the vanilla/bourbon & caramel, with great bitterness from the chocolate and some espresso. Wow - well blended and put together. Not much of an alcohol presence with all of that either. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet, and long. This was very enjoyable, and well worth a 12 hour trip. 16.8
HeadyDE (728) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft taster at bruisin ales..wonderful aroma..wow, this is a big step up from regular version, aroma is barrel goodness, cocoa, cream, marshmallow, mouthfeel medium bodied with a definite feel of the high abv, a very tasty barrel aged stout, however drinking this in warm weather in July, couldn’t pass up the chance however
dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is very roasty with a bit of smokiness. Pours Black with a nice tan head. Smooth, chocolatey, roasted, with a moderate whiskey booziness.
Notes: On tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting ’15
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2016 bottle from Matthew Dick himself: Basically black with a lovely beige head. A good amount of fresh bourbon and tannic oak. Bakers chocolate, heavy roast and persimmon fruit. Much more acidic than I expected frankly. There is a brief interlude of ashy burnt notes as well. This could do with a tad more richness and sweetness IMO. Still I hardly would kick it outta bed.
baraciisch (2799) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black in color... Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon... Flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon... Lots of chocolate throughout... Really nice
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Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2015 vintage, thanks to Brian Parker! Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is subtle bourbon, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, molasses, dar dried fruits and wood. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet. Full bodied, oilyish texture, soft carbonation. Finish is warming alcohol and just the right amount of bourbon. Seems much more balanced than the non BA version.
Christpuncher (2697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of oak and some chocolate. Flavor is nicely balanced. Chocolate, fruit flavors, and a little prune. Some heat at the end. Over rated.