Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. Pours dark cola with dark tan head.
Aroma: Bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla, chocolate.
Taste: Sweet start, bourbon and vanilla up front, followed by a rich chocolate finish.
Palate: Smooth. Moderate carbonation, great lingering finish. Given how sweet this is I was expecting it to feel sticky, but it was really just about perfect.
Overall: Very nice. Almost completely transformed from the A Bomb. I’ll be picking up a few more bottles of this before they’re out for the year.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby red color that appears almost black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind.
Strong barrel presence in the nose which is dominated by bourbon and a strong oak presence. Slight toothpick oaky character with a little bit of coconut, marshmallow and vanilla along with spicy and sweet bourbon notes. As it warms, I’m picking up sweet and roasted malt as well as a bit of dark fruit. Hints of chocolate cake, fig, dark cherry and other vinous berries.
Fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation. Really nice mouthfeel for the style. Thick but not viscous with surprising crisp carbonation that really helps. Again, the barrel presnce is really prominent with lots of bourbon flavor but it’s not hot or overly boozy. Sweet bourbon with some spicy rye along with dry, toasted oak, vanilla bean and some toasted coconut. After the beer warms, I’m picking up more dark malt, spice and vinous fruit sweetness. A little peppery spice and rye compliment the spirit flavors. There’s also some cherry and other dark berries along with some silky chooclate sweetness and subtle roast. Still, this beer is a bit bourbon heavy but the lack of heat makes it pretty easy to drink.
Bacterial (2454) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Vintage. Dark brown pour with a slightly guy white head. Big bourbon nose with a hint of spice. Caramel and toasted marshmallow. Really nice taste. Malty, just a hint of booze and a nice bourbon finish. Mild spice.
baraciisch (2466) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts... Great beer
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kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared thanks to Zer0. Pours very dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of bourbon and woody barrel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, light chocolate, leather and some dark fruits. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (7196) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl shared at October THT.
thin creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Lovely barrel notes
Maakun (2055) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2015 Bottle at THT thanks to Zer0. Black with light brown head. Lots of bourbon, milk chocolate, light sweet coffee, dried berries and peach, light curry spices, vanilla, fresh cut wood. Quite sweet with light roasted bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation and alcoholic finish. Very nice.
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, leather, light licorice, and roast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, leather, light licorice, and roast/oak earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, leather, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged strong ale! All around fantastic balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly amazing offering as expected.
onceblind (6111) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inky black pour with a thin light khaki head. Superb aroma of oak, chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, roast, a touch of molasses and maybe also a hint of cinnamon, sweet and chocolaty and bourbonny-woody. Smooth and velvety body with a creamy mouthfeel, loaded with oak, brown sugary bourbon, vanilla, deep sweet chocolate, and a little roast and molasses at the finish. Lovely body with lovely chocolaty blackness with lots of very smooth, very mellow oak and bourbon. Amazing.
Ferris (8953) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Dark roast, cocoa and chocolate notes. Jet brown with a light brown head. Sweet bourbon, coconut and a nice sweet chocolate finish. Bourbon sweet notes are great.
Aniela (4198) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting at home. Black beer with an brownish head. Malty caramell Chocolate vanilla dark fruits aroma. Caramell woody dark fruits vanilla licorice chocolate flavour. A really nice beer :-)