ineedbeer (892) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full of rich malts with a pleasing cherry note throughout. Goose Island should take note - this cherry isn't at all medicinal. Lots of chocolate and light oak notes compliment. A light toast character with some pleasing oxidation notes. More oak as it warms.
Pours a dark brown that isn't quite black with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing with medium sized legs.
Flavor is very sweet with lots of chocolate and cherry. It tastes like melted chocolate covered tart cherries. Mid palate there is a nice roast character and some light oak notes. Light bitterness. The same oxidation that helps the aroma adds a slightly off putting finish. Light to moderate astringency. Some alcohol in the finish as it warns.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with low but present carbonation. Astringency is moderate as is alcohol warmth.
Overall this aroma is great but the finishing note in the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. I think I prefer these beers with a bit of age. The oak mellows as does the finishing note.
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JefVerstraete (1594) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from a trade. Shared @ HotD tasting. Dark brown, bit foam. Soft carbonation. Wonderfull complex beer. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar and vanilla with a fruity tartness of the cherry’s. Very good beer!
RamyG4 (321) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bottle, huge thanks to 5000. First rate in almost a year, popped open to ’celebrate’ a 4.0 semester.
Pours a dark opaque brown with a light brown, very slightly reddish head. Aroma is bourbon, raisins, cherries, a little oxidation. Taste is sweet, more cherries and bourbon, with some nice tart cherry on the finish.
Quite good, I imagine it would have been better a year ago though.
gramity (1462) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opens with just a slight hiss and pours flat. Cherries add A slight berry note and complements the sweet vanilla bourbon notes but they are barely there, covered by malts and warming bourbon. Bit of a letdown, maybe some bubbles would have improved my experience. Viscous sipper.
markextrae (1322) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle recieved in a trade, shared with a friend. poured a murky brown dark red colour with 0 carbonation and no head. instant hit of deep dark cherries while pouring, caramel, booze, bourbon, ash, red wine, almost like a bordeaux, figs, plums, some smoke, toffee, lot’s of molasses, a lot is going on in this beer, really complex! vinous notes at the end, first class beer! a real sipper!
demmbonz (592) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz 2014 bottle to teku. Dark, flat, and syrupy. Very wine like. Sweet with complex dark fruits and tart cherries. Aroma is all booze. Maybe a little fruit.
kbudd19 (722) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle vintage 2009. Oily Black pour with no head to speak of. Aroma is vanilla, light smoke, ash, brown sugar, and tart fruit, crazy good aroma. Taste is light tartness, vanilla, ash, butterscotch, light tartness on the aftertaste, oily mouthfeel no carbonation. Pretty darn tasty not much cherry flavour left but this is a pretty old bottle, not really any carbonation but still delicious.
ericdevin (901) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. 2012 vintage. Pours a very dark reddish brown, little bit of tan head. Nose stellar, lots of cherries, dried fruit, booze. Grapes, funk, tannins. Body full and rich, more cherries, with some lingering notes, much more bite than one might expect from 10%. Fucking stellar.
Danyel (1076) - Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with no head. Aroma is very dark fruit, figs, chocolate, very sweet. Taste really smooth, sweet, a little fruit, flat, full bodied. Overall, very good.
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at HotD, thanks to a new friend at the bar. Pours a dark brown color with no head on there. Nose has some dark fruit elements to it and seems slightly sour, with a lot of the characteristics of barley wines. Taste is slightly sweet with a bit of a sour finish, and is super smooth. As someone who detests cherry, I was very pleasantly surprised at this, and found it not to be particularly cherry.
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Med en nyans av koppar i denna svartbuna bärs.Bourbonton är det första man tänker på. Anmärkningsvärt flat. Härlig bourbon. Känner inget av körsbären. Väldigt välbalanserad och trevlig.