CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (726) - 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 Iíve 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. Alanís beerís 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 (850) - 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 (1732) - 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 (783) - 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 didnít 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 (1204) - 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.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Miketd. Thanks Mike for sharing this one! Pours black with no head. Aromas are complex with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. Heavy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Flavor is wood, wine, apple, candi sugar sweetness, licorice, and finishes with some alcohol. A very nice brew and worth the hype. Thanks Mike for sharing!
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours still, a deep mahogany. Bubblegum, pineapple, honey aroma; surprisingly feathery varieties of sweetness. Some alcohol, and a savory malt vinegar punch.
Bourbon-ridden roast flavor, but not much sharp sugars or syrupy heaviness. Detailed malts, definitely; dates, honey-wheat bread, pit fruits, amaretto, and brandy liqueur; almost a smokiness in the spirit character.
Syrupy but not especially rich in the palate; finishes a little dry with alcohol, and a calm spiciness thatís a little brownish. Itíll get better; it has good qualities now, like the richness of its spirit flavors, that will only improve, while its poor qualities like its heat and somewhat flaccid mouthfeel, while most definitely get ironed out. Thanks Levi!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic aroma, a tad bit of chocolate, some tobacco, some sweetness, like a caramel. Lots of wood, feels kinda bourbony with some alcohol presence, though it isnít detracting from this one bit. Maybe a tad bit of roast. I canít find a lot to say about it, but itís pretty tasty.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Very enticing aroma... vanilla, sherry, bourbon, toffee and raisins. Some spices... ginger and mint maybe? Plenty of dark fruits... plums and raisins. Pours a beautiful mahogany/brown with tiny carbonation and a brown film atop. Initial flavor has tons of smoked malt. A lot more than I was expecting. Loads of nutty sherry. Tons of barrel and alcohol presence. Dark fruits, candy sugar. Smoke and maybe a bit of peat. Leather and tobacco. Dry, bitter chocolate. Apple brandy presence is huge upon warming. Vanilla and caramel. Alcohol presence is definitely there and a bit distracting and especially assertive on the finish. Slick, oily and velvety mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation with a hot, boozy and barrel-tannic finish. Like Cherry Adam... this one needs time. Thanks Levi!