tightslice (894) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. 2015 Edition (13.5%)
Appearance: Pours a black oil with almost no head
Aroma: Fudge brownie with nuts, licorice, all kinds of liqueurs (chocolate, cherry, coffee), vanilla, caramel, brittle, bourbon, whiskey & coke
Taste: Strong chocolate brownies up front with some salty, nutty notes. Flavors dissipate pretty quickly and are overwhelmed by the BOOZINESS of this beer. Loads of bourbon which is expected, but not as balanced as I had hoped for.
Overall: Amazing aromas of chocolate fudge brownies and licorice but ultimately pummeled under the weight of the alcohol.
Padron4KM (798) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle, 2015 edition. Inky black, thin tan head, thick rings of lace.
Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, oak, charred wood, smoke, vanilla, prunes. Maple syrup emerges as it warms.
Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, oak, smoke, creamy coffee, dark fruit, bourbon, some maple on the finish.
Soft carbonation and creamy mouth-feel.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black and opaque with a two finger dark beige head that has good retention, slowly fading onto a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Spicy bourbon barrel aroma but it’s nicely integrated into notes of the base beer. Strong bourbon and burnt oak presence along with some vanilla and toasted coconut. Still plenty of roast underneath the strong barrel character with hints of dark chocolate, toast, burnt sugar and coffee bean along with booze and sweeter malt notes.
On the fuller end of medium body and slightly viscous with a blast of spicy, boozy heat. Tons of bourbon flavor pounding you over the head along with dry toasted oak and subtle vanilla bean. Lots of bourbon heat, almost too much so, dominating and overpowering the other flavors. Tastes too young for my liking. After the palate adjusts, there’s a nice sweet malt presence along with some subtle roast with hints of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee bean. Some decent flavors underneath the barrel but it’s overwhelmingly boozy and a bit one dimensional.
rlgk (18087) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at West Coast Barbeque And Brew, San Diego. Opaque black beer with a small beige head. Roasted licorice and chocolate aroma, caramel, woody, vanilla, raisins, figs, coffee notes, some cream. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, raisins, figs, brown sugar, licorice, warming alcohol, woody, vanilla. Rather sweet but an amazing beer.
Ferris (12427) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Sweet boozy bourbon notes. Jet dark brown with a light brown head. Sweet boozy and lots of molasses with a long finish.
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Big black and strong. The very high ABV was noticable but not so dry and fumey as expected. Nice roasted and coffee notes. Smooth and vary big.
Marheb (4802) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(18.9%) Massive chaleur émanant d’une mélasse sucrée. Des cendres se déposent sur la langue tellement c’est volcanique. Le corps est moyen, sirupeux et très chocolatée à la base. Très bon.
cards04 (2630) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kathouse. I’m in your debt. Wonderful. Pours an inky black. No head. Aromas are very nutty, a bit of booze, dark chocolate, vanilla. Not getting a lot of maple in this. More nutty flavours, a bit of booze, dark chocolate, brownies. So smooth for the high abv.
koleminer20 (2413) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Vintage 2013, bottle 2091/8856. The pour is a viscous muddy dark brown/medium black with a finger of lighter tan head and no lace. Head falls to a ring quickly. The aroma is big on the booze. There is a lot of roasted malt with a great maple presence. There is a light oakiness and some great vanilla to come with the maple. Light dark fruits on the back end really bring it together. The flavor is really good. The dark fruits and roasted malts take over the front end but then it rolls (do you get it?) through a great barrel (are you sure?) character and ends with strong maple. The vanilla and oak are well balanced, but late on the palate, the maple is just the star. The moth feel is a little light and underwhelmingly carbonated. The aftertaste is beautifully all maple and light vanilla. This is a damn good beer.
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gEUS (1713) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 - 2013 side by side comparison. Pours intense dark brown with a beige head. Intense vanilla and sweet maple honey nose, body a tad less thck than expected, but a very rich taste. Nice.