FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for getting this fine specimen to me! Poured from the bottle to a small brandy snifter. Vintage 2011 and an extremely high fill.
Pours an inky jet black with edges of mahogany clarity. A finger of soft brown head swells and then recedes to a fine milky collar. Fantastic lacing and a bit of legging.
Massive on the nose - bourbon is far more apparent than I was anticipating. Cocoa puffs, caramel, faint bitter coffee, rich sweet syrupy bits, more cocoa, molasses, maple, burnt wood, so incredibly complex. Not cluttered, just very intriguing.
Holy fuck. No wonder this thing was so hard to get. If I had any of this sitting in my basement, I can guarantee you that I wouldn’t be giving any up. I can’t dissect the flavors without first mentioning the perfect velvet consistency. That said, the flavors are monstrous and varied - the maple-y bourbon takes the lead, big cocoa, more simple syrup, a touch of black licorice, more booze than I had hoped for, vanilla, caramel, charred wood, milk chocolate. Likely the most complex beer that I’ve ever had. Delicious and challenging.
This beer is fantastic. I probably won’t try to land another bottle as it cost me an arm and a leg, but I am very glad that I sprung for it just this once. Highly, highly recommended. And if you have the ammunition to land a bottle, fucking do it.
Jokestereo (296) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thin line of nougat colored head. Aroma; Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, toffee, borboun and vanilla. Taste; Bourbon, some maple syrup, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toffee, liqourice and vanilla
linusb (718) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep deep dark brown with a light brown head. N: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, melasses/brown sugar, bourbon T: Brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, liqourice, light portwine notes O: Probably seen better days, but quite sweet. Sure it’s a nice beer, but probably amazing when released.
rouhlas (2629) - GREECE - JUL 6, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared with Nightfall. Thank you very much Alex for keeping this beer for me!! Almost black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, milk and dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, vanilla, some spicy notes, some fruit notes, light wood. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma but even better. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Great beer! I could drink the whole bottle alone!!
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
July 25, 2015. On tap at Mission Dolores, got the last 2 pours. #3000.
Black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma is intense, yet balanced, with fresh ground coffee, maple syrup, toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, warming bourbon alcohol. ,
Taste is medium sweet, soft roasted bitterness. Finish is smooth bitter and roasted coffee and dark chocolate, sweet maple syrup, toffee, vanilla and some warming bourbon notes. Full bodied, creamy, sticky texture, soft carbonation.
Glad to finally try this one, been a big want for a long time and getting the two last pours with my girlfriend after a long day in the car was great. Tried it side by side with KBS and CBS was much smoother and more balanced, the maple syrup complemented the coffee in a great way. Amazing!
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the Knick. Nie bourbon nose with oak and maple. Sweet and vapory. Dark brown-black opaque with thin tan head. Medium-chewy body with medium-light carbonation. Sweet with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and maple. Alcohol. A little rough on the woody notes, boozy and overly sweet finish and mildly cloying after.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This big flavored beer will jack you in the jaw. Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate, maple bourbon hints and roasted malts. Taste jumps out with dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite. Finishes with a sweet boozy tail...
Booga (60) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very sweet and creamy. Deep roasted flavor with maple accents. Maybe the best beer I’ve tried. Perfect mouthfeel. Wish they made this more available.
dnstone (2524) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 7, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black color with excellent soft khaki colored head. Roasty aroma with syrupy sweet boozy tones. Thick and smooth yet light on the tongue; roasty with light chocolate notes a a moderate syrup sweetness. Warming going down with a touch of maple in the end. A fantastic, complex beer. Meets expectations.
Notes: On tap at Aces & Ales for National Beer Day 7 Apr 16
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kathouse (1562) - Nevada, USA - APR 7, 2016
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Aces and Ales. Dark brown, mahogany highlights and a big khaki foam. Oak, chocolate and whisky aromas. The body is big and creamy. Worth the wait. Dark malts are not bitter. Smooth and enticing. Wow!
RLiddell (111) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle picked at Brawley’s Beverage several years ago, a real white whale in the beer world. Pours an opaque black with a minimal tan head. Nose is maple, coffee, cocoa and multiple dark fruits. The alcohol is not well disguised, but that’s not an issue with me. Taste was scrumptious, breakfast in a bottle. Highly recommended.