AWISLguy (1468) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Waterboy, with a December 2013 date, and shared by ck1 & Jan - thanks Ric. Bakers chocolate, roast, some vanilla. Nicely deep, bitter and sweet. Fairly smooth and not real alcoholly. 15.3
markextrae (1348) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
recieved a bottle in a trade, thanks a lot matt! shared it with 2 friends. 2013 75cl version. poured a pitch black colour with a small beige head. lotís of sweet bakers chocolate forward. roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, deep bourbon sweetness (not overwelming), roasted espresso beans, marshmellows. chocolate covered plums, small hints of coconut... raisins, toffee, thick chocolate fudge, vanilla, more bourbon and oak comes forward as it warms up. boy this was one incredible tasty beers! it has a real complex an thick and creamy mouthfeel. really amazing brew that is worth tracking down! and it can easy compare with all the big names around! amazing. would try it again any time!
Ed5388 (2315) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml (2013) bottle shared by Dan P. Poured a dark brown/almost black color with a small foamy mocha colored head. Aroma is really boozy with notes of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Taste mimics the nose with some earthiness, and some burnt sugar/caramel in the aftertaste.
John25 (734) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark cola. Dark fruit, chocolate, plum, roasty, cocoa, bourbon, licorice, huge vanilla notes. Incredible.
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conway (1691) - - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with no discernible head. Aroma is chocolate and barrel. Taste follows and adds marshmallow, dark fruit and licorice. Rich sticky mouthfeel. Delicious.
PartyFowle (93) - - SEP 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly thin and unimposing in appearance. Ebony, sure, but watery. The bubbles are fizzy as a soda, popping away in no time at all.
Sharp, woody whiskey aroma -- mid-shelf stuff. Sweet vanilla, brown sugar, butterscotch, marshmallow.
Tangy, bittersweet dark chocolate. The whiskey flavor is again large and packed with wood -- this is like sucking on a oak chip. The sharp stuff is slightly smoothed out mid-palate by tones of vanilla and buttery toffee. Alcohol flavor is likewise impressive. This is almost more whiskey than beer. Lingering tanginess on the sides of the tongue.
A body like simple syrup, heavy with sugar. Smooth and soft, a fleece blanket of beer, with a similar layer of heat. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, pinching, excited. Alcohol isnít very well-hidden, but it is 16.4 percent ABV.
Aged in barrels with a slight char, Iíd wager. Bourbon is potent; this could stand a few months in the cellar at least. Rough.
Best shared with friends.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been waitin a long time to try this one. The Hammerhead (BA Barleywine) is an all time favorite, and I generally like stouts better, so... Not quite there. While this was an excellent beer, it was way more over the top sweet and alcoholic, compared to the work of art that was Hammerhead. The maple was very very subtle. Big, rich dark, layers upon layers of chocolate, bourobn, licorice. A little restraint and this would have been a world beater. Still great at an over the top 333 proof."
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours an orange tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt caramel, liquor, bourbon, wood. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, wood, bourbon. Finish is liquor, bourbon, booze. Medium to thick body, soft mouthfeel, weak carbonation.
ericdevin (943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mike Gwynn. Pours a deep dark brown, little to tan head. Aroma rich, smoked maple, chocolate syrup. Body lithe and arch, lingering woody bite. Boozy bite, nice.
emacgee (4175) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich aroma with chocolate and Vanilla. Wood and Bourbon show as well with some alcohol. Dark black pour. Rich flavor, dense Vanilla and wood with Bourbon and chocolate and a touch of tannin. Warming alcohol.