wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottling. Pours dark brown with no head formation, even form a vigorous pour. No carbonation is visible. The aroma has lots going on: bourbon, brown sugar, raisins, red licorice, and alcohol. A creaminess also comes through. Sweet, creamy red fruit flavor up front, mixing with just a hint of bourbon. Layers of tobacco and leather subtly come through afterward. The finish has some bourbon, brown sugar, and sweet fruit. This bottle is nearly still, which makes for a less than impressive mouthfeel to mingle with all of these wonderful flavors. I think that holds this back unfortunately, because I know some carbonation would make this absolutely a stand out.
BiiruBierBeer (738) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009. Deep malt smell. Taste is deep malt with very mild smoke and wood. Full body, very low carbonation, and no foam.
BVery (8656) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle at. HotD. Dark brown pour with deep reddish highlights. Minor head. Rich bourbon and wood aroma. Dark mildly tart cherry in here. Holy crap, this is super rich and a monster. Unreal. So good!
mariuspoenari (42) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown pour, almost black. No head or lacing or any type of carbonation visible, no matter how vigorously you pour. The smell is complex and beautiful: roasted walnuts, chestnuts, tons of cocoa, macerated cherries, maple syrup, sherry, bourbon barrel, vanilla and oak, figs. The taste - amazing. A boatload of cherries up front, figs, walnuts, sherry and vanilla oak, bourbon, and underneath it all a nice, hot spiciness. Smooth and creamy texture, but not the kind that chokes, with a warm and cherry-intense aftertaste.
Vaiz (4047) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at de Molen. Very dark brown pour, thin tan head. Aroma is full of vanilla, bourbon, oak, leather, chocolate, licorice, caramel, some alcohol and some ripe fruits. Flavor is very smooth, creamy vanilla, almost no carbonation, some sweet fruits and a slight warming finish. Huge body. Lovely balance, great brew.
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - OCT 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark dense ruby/dark brown with no head. A few small bubbles. Nose: So much candy.. English licorice, filled chocolate and cherry bonbons, big wood influence and a slight boozy quality on the nose - but it works well. Taste: intense! Cherry triffle, cherry vinegar, soy? Chocolate, almond liquor And again a good wood influence- big powerfull flavour here. The mouthfeel is oily, aftertaste mostly on almondy and chocolate and cherry. Finish is long and lingering. Big thanks to motherbrother for splitting this in half with me.
Stuu666 (7804) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at borefts. Pours deep ruby brown, nose is cherry, caramel, funky, wood, taste is sweet, tart cherry, Rich, smooth.
Fritz123 (1472) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a treat! Pours a dark reddish brown in a snifter...light head and no lace. The aroma was serious cherry cordial, chocolate, deep dark fruits, barrel. Taste is chocolate cherry cordial, caramel, red wine, oak barrel, and a complex malt base. Full body, lighter carb. Very complex and deep in flavors.
lachrymalisis (440) - Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The bottle I had was developing a rather unpleasant acetic acid character that did not make drinking it enjoyable at all, sadly.
wchesser (1573) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Long time want here. 2014 vintage. Very dark brown with red edges, slick and viscous looking. Nose is dark chocolate cherries, rotting cherries. Syrupy, thick mouthfeel. Rich dark chocolate, sweet cherries, light sour streak but slow sipping desert beer all the way. Coats the tongue and lingers with cherry cordial flavors. Nice, unique stuff.
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with no head.
Nose shwos chocolate fudge, raisins, rum notes, woody oak, vanilla. Pretty amazing.
Very similar flavours, more chocolate fudge, rum, raisins and woody oak but with some soft sweet cherries and a little booze creeping in.