Prufrockstar (226) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle shared with friends at HOTD. Damn. Pours deep cola brown, almost no head. Aroma of brandy, apple, caramel, smoke, leather, chocolate, vanilla, sexiness, tobacco. So so good. Taste follows -- so much complexity. Sweet but somehow not even close to cloying. Happiness converted into a beer and then condensed into a beer-liqueur. Thick, viscous, silky slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fantastic.
ericdevin (289) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at 16 Tons Taphouse, part of WBBF. Had Matt three times now, and this may be as good as it gets for me. Pours very dark, little to no head. Aroma is huge, apples, brandy, white fruit and smoke. Body retains a nice liveliness. Finish comes in with booziness and fruit as well as brandy again, then moves to a smoky bitterness, then sweetness again. Massive, and not to be missed.
DrSilverworm (2970) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by an RBer after DLD 2013, 2010 vintage. Really dark brown color. Pretty much no head, no lace. Good hazy color, though. Baked apple, good spice aroma. Nice wood. Some brown sugar. Big body. Dry texture. Light, smooth carbonation. Spicy taste, light sweet. Mild alcohol. Nice vanilla, pretty rich, but not too big or sticky. Awesome, big stuff.
AndySnow (1270) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craft Heads, Tokyo. Black colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, raisin. Flavour of dark fruit, raisin. Thick bodied.
Bule (231) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle at Hair Of The Dog. 2010 Vintage. This is my second tasting of this amazing brew. It's in my top 3. Amazing flavor of raisins and pepper. Omg, there's just nothing else that tastes anything like this.
kbutler1 (1275) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip style glass.Served at about 55 degrees. Unsure of vintage but probably from the latest one. Pours a dark coffee like brown color with a slight light tan head. Very little carbonation. Dark fruit notes like cherry, woody, slight smoke, and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth. Dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit flavors followed by a slight alcohol warming effect. Overall, pretty tasty.
kraddel (919) - deurne, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
split at a blind tasting with 77 ships. ( blind to him since this was my bottle)
looks very dark, no foam. smell is a hint of bourbon. dry, sweet ( bourbon) yet no overkill at the BA -taste. very low carbo, wich is good. alcohol is very high in the taste . also get chocolat. aftertaste is boozy
77ships (2239) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THX! for sharing this one Kraddel. 355 ml. bottle. 2010 Vintage. Pours blackish / very, very dark mahogany brown with light Bordeaux hues &… no head. Yep, its as expected flat. Nose carries sweet bourbon, sticky molasses, syrupy dark fruits, clean good quality spirit riding on top of the bourbon barrel, I still find Eau de Vie barrels – even apple ones apparently – weird barrels to use since they basically just add spirit to the whole (albeit good quality), lots of sweetness in the nose of this one, sweet scared barrels & wood vanilla, dark sugar, clean spirit as mentioned riding on top of the bourbon. Taste is sweet dark apples, thick caramel, very thick syrup, thick molasses, creamy barrel & bourbon notes, white wood, lots of sweetness, syrup dark fruits, clean spirit riding at the end, this feels quite boozy & strongly alcoholic, +20 % ABV not 12.5 % ABV, wood vanilla, black chocolate, charred barrels, very warming, the alcohol warms you up in the back. Basically no carb, interesting how this would be with some light carb & slick, full which makes the carb. not all too missed. Fine stuff from Alan.
brystmar (517) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010. Bourbon, leather, burnt malts, slightly smoked, a kiss of sweetness on the back end. Slightly sweeter than the Bottleworks X version. Complexity in spades; damn this is good.
Theydon_Bois (3401) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, gifted with many thanks to Frank, 18/01/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown almost black out of the light with no head.
Nose carries a big bourbon hit, plummy, raisens, wood tones, dark candied sugars, booze, fruit cake, toffee apple, lots going on and coming together well.
Taste comprises dark malt, toffee apple, booze, bourbon, wood, candied sugars, shades of Calvados.
Full bodied, smooth - great on the palate, fine carbonation, boozey finish.
Complex stuff, well balance, ticks all of the boxes for me !