kdm1984 (699) - Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with small head that dies quickly; no lacing. Aroma is mega-super-duper - I could literally smell this about half a foot away after I poured it. Up close, itís vanilla, bourbon, the best dark chocolate aroma I have ever encountered, licorice, booze, and maybe even a bit of fruit. Taste: @*#&! This is ... WOW! *@! I do not even know how to describe right now. Let me try now that I have settled down. Bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, booze, more bourbon, more dark chocolate. Greatest mouthfeel ever - not thin at all, but not thick - just silky and enveloping. Flavor lingers for ... I feel like I am going to taste this another 20 years. Demands to be savored slowly, and good thing, because that ABV sure is high. &*@#! This is the most flavorful beer I have ever had, and everything works together so well. Founders Breakfast Stout was great, yeah, but this...this is just in another dimension.
Pipeliner9 (1) - Berwick, USA - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Donít drink this if you do not like bourbon or stouts or bourbon. High abv is very prevalent. Should have let this one age. Drink at the right temp for full effect.
atlrizzob (166) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 12 oz. bottle purchased from our local beverage market. Coffee black with tan head. Aroma is coffee, leather, wheat, chocolate, and bourbon. Silky smooth taste with profiles of dark chocolate, coffee nibs, roasted sweetness. Slight booziness. Very good stout. No longer needed my jacket after drinking. Would like to let a bottle age a few years.
gEUS (1239) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as a gift from the Dennoman, vintage 2012. Pours deep brown to black with a dark brown hue, quickly dissapating head. Intense and rather intruive bourbon scent, lots of vanilla, coconut, Medium body, immediate alcohol attack, little sweet undertone, but hell... it buuuurns. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee. Frankly... I am not impressed.
elbernays (594) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours deep oily black. Tan head which disappears. Aroma is coffee, oak, whiskey, earth, tannin, leather. The barrel is in this beer. Not too much on the bourbon side which is good. Flavour is so full. This is a huge beer. Creamy, lactose, coffee, whiskey flavour. A syrup dry sweet alcohol finish. Little to no carbonation. ABV is there but managed well. Will sip for a while. Wow.
robbmotiwalla (60) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle.Smells like bourbon, tastes like bourbon. Iíd like a little bit more of the bitterness to come through. Tastes like bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather. A little too sweet. Not sure if it is worth the hype. Very good nonetheless
MartinVanBeer (100) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle from trade. This is an amazing beer. The high alcohol is disguised by incredible flavors. Very dark pour with a small dark head. Virtually no lacing. Aroma of molasses, chocolate, toffee, and wood. Bourbon cask, cola, maple, ginger, and chocolate. Very enjoyable.
stuj01 (14) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the most complex beers I ever have tasted. Very heavy! Long and distinct taste. I have only one bottle left from 2012 to be shared at a special occasion.
wvhoran (352) - Tasmania, - NOV 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours black with dark brown tints. A brown head disappears fairly quickly. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, bourbon, woody notes, caramel, liqourice. A bit boozy but it is 15%. The flavour is well balanced with a good amount of sweetness to roasted notes. It is heavy on liqourice and molasses and I donít find it particularly unique although the barrel character is impressive. The body is medium to full and the texture is oily. A lovely stout.
MikeJslc (756) - USA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, fairly opaque, tan head, low/moderate carbonation. Aroma of nutty-sweet malt, toffee, ripe dark fruit, leather, bourbon barrel. Flavor: huge, thick maltiness with toffee, burnt sugar, plums, raisins, some leathery age, big bourbon character, vanilla, a light smokiness, nutty and toasty notes. Huge mouthfeel. A big, chewy, syrupy barleywine with loads of dark fruit and burnt sugar/molasses-like sweetness. Definitely on the syrupy side, but Iíll forgive that because of the great complexity. A sipper.
Chalumeaux (86) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle with a nice dark chocolate color. Aromas of sweet caramel with a smooth mouth feel and a nice balanced alcohol finish. Superb beer full of complexity and balance.