MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
murky red-brown, thinnest white ring. Boozy cherry and toffee, boozy chocolate candy type ethanol, sugary. Sweet apple across the hot front palate, chocolate and nut across mid before more heat through thin, sticky end, hence the tootsie roll comparison.
sherm1016 (1134) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the brewpub. Pours a dark, chocolate brown color with no real head to speak of. Aroma is brandy, some cherry and raisin, oak. Heavy on the palate with no carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, a little smokey, fruity, plum, cherry, with a soft, boozy finish. Wow. Super complex.
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a very dark brown with tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong yeast, brown sugar, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with strong caramel, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Sweet light boozy finish. Really enjoyed this.
Bacterial (1521) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Prufrockstar. Dark brown pour with a reddish hue. No head, no carbonation. Wonderful nose - raisin tawny port. Really nice taste as well, but a little carbonation would have done wonders for this.
Lukaduke (2141) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow ! I was really amazed with this beer. Pours a deep rusty burnt umber color with little gaseous foam. Lots of candied cherry, cola, vanilla, burnt sugar. Layer and layers of flavor. Big malty backbone with nutty cola base. Loving the dark fruits, fig, raisin... seamless integration of flavors, very light on the carbonation but everything still works beautifully ! Damn !
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours cloudy dark chestnut brown with small head. Nose is dark fruits, raisin, plum, earthy. Taste is maple, caramel, fruity plum, raisin, bread. Finish is creamy nutty caramel and raisin, vanilla notes. Awesome.
Homer321 (1870) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle via trade. a ton of dried fruit, burnt sugar, fruity esters and alcohol. a slightly woody note. pour is dead flat, no head. deep brown to black in color. Taste is full of fruitiness, like a dried cherry or fruit roll up (with less artificial flavors though). a very medium to light mouthfeel, especially for 13%. but still feels a bit sticky. definitely some alcohol boost on the finish. Holy hell, I am not let down by hotd. but I just wish there could be some carbonation to their high boost beers. I think just a bit could really help. This is going to make it to perma-want status
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from brewery. Put a murky red/brown with no foam at all. Smells sweet of bourbon, oak, apple, butter and hints of cinnamon. Tastes all but flat and relatively thin with hints of apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, bourbon and milk chocolate.
Bule (739) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color without any head. Beer was flat but still full of the spicy sweet flavor.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours flat murky brown
Smell big cherry, raspberry, blackberry, belgian sweetness
Taste lots of honey, heat, licorice, sweet, toffee