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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pour courtesy of André. Huge thanks for the opportunity to try this one buddy!!! Appearance is pitch black with a small brown head. Coffee, vanilla, charred wood notes, bourbon, coconut, and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is big bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, somewhat nutty, earthy, and vanilla with a touch of coconut on the back-end and some alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very tasty, however, most notes present are a bit muted, due to age. I would love to try this one again fresh, still extremely fun to try!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2013
These bottles are always 8% abv, and not 7.5. Huh, strange. Bottle. From notes. Silky pour which was a leathery dark-brown (not quite yet black) in presentation from the lip to snifter, a trim beige head peaking up above. I thought it was sincerely cute. I still smell booze on this one; coconut and bitter chocolate are prominent as well. The oak is agreeably intense, as is its char, roast and spices. Tastes of booze, with expressions of dark chocolate, bourbon, American hops, vanilla beans, molasses, candle wax and licorice (which Shaun hates).

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Thanks Wally for sharing this with us. Enjoyed in Hill Farmstead stemware. Served at room temperature.

A - Dark brown pour but black in the glass. 1-finger head subsides to a thin line of head pretty fast.

S - Solid up-front charred oak and vanilla with a boozy hot bourbon barrel notes. Very small level of espresso beans that aren’t so fresh any more but smell once pretty great.

T - Wow. Okay, so the bourbon dominates the first taste. Smoked malts follow with hints of vanilla at the finish. There’s this slight grassy taste as well.

M - 40% carbonation. Heavy body. boozy finish with this grassy vanilla taste.

O - This is a beer I would have preferred to have fresh. Even still, it’s delicious and tasty and very enjoyable.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours unclear dark coffee with a creamy mocha head with some sediment. The aroma has lost a bit with age, a bit of creamy bourbon barrel and some warm sweetness. The flavor brings some sweet bitter malt and nutty notes from the oatmeal on a nice fairly creamy body.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle via a trade. Pours with a near black hued body with a lasting tan head. Great retention and lace. Aromas are of bourbon, fudge, chocolate, dark fruit esters, floral, plums, nutty, nougat, tar, low roast, complex malt character, lots of chocolate, light iodine. Flavors could stand to be a touch bigger to carry the coffee and bourbon. Slightly dirty, black malt (seems like), nutty, nougat, chocolate, cacao nibs, vanillin, light bourbon, coffee. Lots of esters, licorice, tannin, orange peel and old coffee. Medium to slightly higher than expected carbonation. Fuller bodied, but could benefit from a slightly heftier build to carry the flavors. Good though!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
pours a dark black hue with a small white head that is mostly diminishing aroma of coffee and molasses with some alcohol and chocolate taste is the same great brew

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
500 mL bottle shared with Adam and Jeff. Near black with a light tan head that fades to a thin collar with minimal lacing. Roasty, slightly acidic, burnt coffee aroma with mild bourbon barrel sweetness. Flavor is fairly light, dominated by roast and stale coffee with a mild, sweet vanilla, molasses and bourbon finish. Smooth, medium bodied, light carbonation. I enjoy regular Earl much more than this iteration of the BA version as the barrel doesn’t seem to be very well integrated with the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2012
500ml bottle shared by Doug, thanks man
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roast malts, chocolate and woody
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla, woody and chocolate
Very nice and mild, easy drinking

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5788) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2012
500 ml bottle thanks to Hopdog. Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. A sweet roasted nose with some light barrel. A smooth flavor of milky coffee, roast, vanilla, light bourbon, woody, earthy, quite rich. Very creamy and decadent. Not too sweet or too much bourbon. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle via trade, I apologize, but without looking back, which I’m too lazy for, I forget who sent this my way, but much thanks go out. Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wood, soy sauce and some earthy smoke. Taste is complex, bourbon, chocolate cake, wood, sweetened coffee, light smoky earth, some light warming notes on the finish with a good, smooth bourbon note in the finish. Once again a winner by HFS!


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