jobusrum (22) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into wine glass. Wonderful chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roast, and bittersweet aroma, pitch black with small tan that dissipates fairly quickly. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, hint of vanilla, slightly oaky, some coffee, and dark fruits. Starts off something fierce with the chocolate, finishes nice, with a slight burn. Very complex, think I could do with a little less chocolate, so not as sweet, but an excellent treat overall.
birdmachine (213) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half-bottle, poured into a snifter glass. Aroma is brandy forward with notes of sweet caramel apple and almonds. Aroma follows into a more intense fresh wort, dark malt, maple, bakers cocoa, and finally dark fruits (plums). Distinct bourbon flavor seems missing, but no complaints as the brandy works well with the sweeter fruit smell. Pour is pitch black with no head, but there are sheets of alcohol present as you swirl it around the glass. Taste is rich fudge, faint maple, apple brandy, marshmallow, and boozy brandy finish – not a ton of complexity but very tasty. Body is full with low carbonation – very fluffy and silky on the tongue. Barrel flavors are dominant and it’s nice that not much tannins or astringency show up. The finish is mostly brandy heat with some vanilla. Overall a pretty sweet barrel aged beer with sweet fruit and faint bitter chocolate to balance it out a bit.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The Bruery, thanks to GT and Whitney. Black pour with a small tan head. Intense nutty aroma. Lots of vanilla, fudge, dark fruit, and peanut butter. A bit of cocoa pebbles, bourbon, and booze. Flavor is pleasantly sweet. Tons of chocolate/cocoa pebbles, peanut butter, and fudge. Dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. Some oak, roast, and light bitterness and booze on the finish.
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355mL black wax #268/450 from the cold and rainy release at H24. Deep sepia pour with almost no foam, but give it a twirl and there are some really nice legs on the snifter like liquor. Intense malted milk ball nose with cocoa crisps, soft barrel, maple syrup, pancake batter. Inviting with a medley of rich brown dessert flavors. Taste is cocoa puffs, malted milk balls, vanilla, graham cracker, amaretto. Flashes of diet cola. No barrel heat. Slightly overoaked tannic bite in the finish. Good...will revisit this one in a few months. Not worth cellaring as it is already very aged and is good to go.