WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My god, thank you to my fellow Jon, not John, that second H is totally unneccessary, its worthless. Real, yes I said Real Jons are spelled Jon not John. Thats stupid, and as such Jon made a good choice, and this is my first try of Matt the beer everyone loves. Pours brown with a bubbly/ no head. Pours sweet and rich boozy, but nicely peaty and scothcy. Pours sweet, peaty, malty with awesome smoke aqnd rich apple and very complex crazy, rich and will age well!!! How do people think this is hot, its not, maybe on tap but in the glass this is smooth like butta or silk or a babies butt, yes. yes. yes.
blutt59 (6264) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, thanks to americanbrew, black coffee colored pour with resinous legs, no head, meaty, smoke , cognac nose, flavors are oaky, vanilla, soy, caramel, great lingering finish
mar (5042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
huge thanks to americanbrew for this one and my 1100th rating. deep chocolate brown pour with a thin cream head. nose of smoke, tobacco, wood, vanilla, and so much more. great thickness, very sweet with smoke, vanilla, wood, dark fruits and all kinds of good stuff. very warming once it’s all the way down and very thick. incredible beer right here.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Trevor211 via trade. Pours opaque brown with a small trace of a dark drown head. Aromas of tobacco, cherries,oak,apples,maybe currants,caramel and a hint of some booze. Acidic sweetness end with a nice bitter bite. Smooth texture with a full body. Awesome beer. Wish I had a few bottles.
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to AmEricanbrew for this one, now I just need another one! Pours with a very sparing head and a murky, deep brown body. Aroma of light smoke, bourbon, calvados, oak, chocolate, spice, sherry, tar, marshmallow, dark fruits (special B?), vanilla and tobacco. Taste is sweet, with smoke, tar, meat, dark fruits, really thick and eminently complex. Long, long, long duration, finishing woody with a light rochefort cheese note. Amazing. Syrupy, and warming.
This beer completely lives up to the hype.
kp (10884) - 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 (5075) - 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 (3907) - 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 (3366) - 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 (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.