kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date: March 27, 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, lots of tart cherry and oak
Flavor: rich dark malt flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of fruityness with a nice apple sweetness, light tart cherry, touch of growing chocolate, hint of bourbon and vanilla, light alcohol
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
CPLYFO 09. 12 oz bottle shared by Fogdog. Pours a deep dark brownish almost ruby color with a slight haze and a nice lasting thin head. Aroma is tobacco leaf, tons of big toasty malts, molasses, fruity - figs and dates, dark candi sugar, good cold meaty smokeyness, tar notes sweet toffee, slight cidery sweetness along with hints of vanilla and oak but the big malts come through first. Flavor is so big yet not cloyingly sweet, and not too thick to drink, just tons of big malts and sugars that work so damn well together. Earthy and leathery hints along with more tobacco wrapper, ashy smoke, meaty, nice phenolics, vanilla, apple, and big sweetness. Huge, smooth and somehow way too easy do drink. Wish i had a whole bottle to myself. Actually, I wish I had about a case or more. Ridiculously good.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle shared once again by pantanap. pours dark ruby with small tan head. nose of smoke, sherry, apple, cherry, plums, vanilla, wood, and honey. flavors of apple wood, sherry, cherry, smoke, with a wonderful finish of cigar ash, port, and chocolate. very low carbonation with a tad thin body. in some sips the alcohol overwhelmed the flavor profile but that and the moutfeel are minimal faults. at times this reminds me of dave. wow! this is one killer beer. I need some!
pantanap (3356) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from tom. thank you sir for this bottle.....pours a dark cola caramel brown with a thin wisp tan head..... such an interesting aroma of apple, cherry skins and a nice touch of smoked malt and lingering soy sweetness..... flavors of smoke and charred malt with a sweet, smooth, and velvety apple and finishes with an extremely nice smokiness. soft carbonation to really let the flavors shine. extremely lovely with such an interesting melding of flavors. complexity-wise, this is topnotch.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a viscous transparent dark mahogany with a thin, spotty-lacing light tan head. Complex smoky dark caramel and chocolate nose with good black cherry and apple notes. Body starts with good rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with nice oaky apple and bourbon complexity. Finishes slightly warming with nice lingering dark fruit and sweet toffee. A nicely balanced and incredibly complex brew. This should age very well.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 12oz bottle thanks to fogdog for this mindblowingly good beer and for letting me take a sip. We had close to 30 people so I had initially declined to take a sip of this so some that had brought the rarer beers would be assured a taste. Fogdog kindly let me take a quick sip of this, I just wish I had another bottle because I think I probably would have given this even higher if I had been able to focus on the flavors more. Pours a deep brown with a tiny ring of foam and no head. Hugely awesome nose of smoke, leather, chocolate, bourbon, cherry. Its like nosing a fine scotch. The best smelling beer I’ve ever had without question. The flavor seemed to be dominated by awesome chocolate, smoke and cherries mixed with raisins. I did not get the apple that some others have mentioned but as I say I only had a sip. Super smooth with no hint of the abv and an silky mouthfeel. Simply outstanding. Alan’s beer’s are always a work of art and this is no exception. Not to be missed.
rerate 7/20/09. Finally got my hands on a bottle. We had a rare beer tasting with this, Dark Lord and Dark Horizon Ed. 1 and this won by a wide margin. Even more amazing than I rated it the first time. Huge apple in the nose along with chocolate and leather and a whiff of smokiness. Some light apple up front with massive caramel, dark cherry, some light soy sauce, tobacco and smoke. One of the most complex beers I have ever had. Just amazing. It may not beat some beers in the appearance category but you would be hard pressed to find a better tasting one.
greenhorn1 (809) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown, zero head. Aroma and flavor is smoky, woodsy, and notes of bourbon. I could taste subtle hints of apple as the description suggests and sweet flavors of raisins and chocolate. Full bodied, yet smooth and easy to drink. Excellent beer and it will even be better with age.
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to 5000. Pours dark browen, with basically no head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruit, and maybe some aples too. Flavor is smoke, oak, apples, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. Meduim, sticky body. Low on carbonation, a little more would make this even better. Still, a crazy flavorful brew.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours dark brown with no head, but instead some moderate tan lacing. Aroma is of wood, malt, grass, dark fruit, and smoke. Taste is very boozy. Beneath the booze is wood, malt, dark fruit, vanilla, smoke, grass, and even a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is very thick and sticky. Finish is very hot, almost peppery. I didn’t get many wine characteristics out of this, but instead got lots of booze soaked wood and preserve flavors. Very well balanced, even with everything going on in this brew. Shame it was only a 12oz bottle.
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle shared by MatSciGuy, thanks Levi!) Pours a cloudy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is strong of smoke, roasted malt, raisin, wood, and ample alcohol as well. The taste is rather sweet to begin with, with plenty of dark fruits such as raisin and plum coupled with brown sugar that sharply drops off to roasted malt and smoke. This finishes very dry with wood and alcohol. The contrast is a pretty nice effect. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for this beer, and the carbonation was minimal. A good beer indeed now, but some aging should vastly improve it.