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Released May 2014, Editor’s Note: This version aged in Bourbon barrels only 500ML bottle no-wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8113) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
500mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is hugely bourbony, with lots of roast and a touch of coffee. Flavour is complex as hell, with loads of heavily roasted malt and moderate bourbon that doesn’t dominate. Excellent use of battles to amp up an already kickass beer. Carbonation is slightly more aggressive than the base beer. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
Dark brown with a good brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, wood, molasses, touch of soy sauce, hint of anise. Medium bodied, slightly velvety mouthfeel, complex on the palate with a touch of booze on the finish. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, wood, molasses, hint of soy. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle: Inky black center, shades of dark brown at the edges with a mocha-tan foam on top; bubbly & quick to reduce to a thin ring. Aroma of fudge brownie batter, Devil’s food cake coated in a bourbon-vanilla reduction. Spicy oak, salted caramel, moderate notes of musty wood, & a slight kiss of anise on the back-end. Rich, velvety. Super dark chocolate flavor; approaching 86% cacao territory with a side of warm & spicy bourbon. Imagine double dark chocolate fudge brownies, covered with brown sugar, drizzled with vanilla & bourbon, then baked for a little too long. Deep roast, char. Get get a touch of coffee in the finish, too, along with long lasting notes of wood, booze, & bitter dark fudge. A great barrel aged porter. I think this one would get even better with some time to mellow & meld.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3396) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Une bouteille partagée. Un liquide presque noire avec une belle tête beige foncée. Un nez de bois, fruits rouges, whiskey. Une bouche simple, peu agressive, note de chocolat, cerises, finale sur la poussière. Simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3569) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Une bouteille obtenue via un échange avec Didier. Merci! Beau liquide visqueux avec une tête brune qui finit tranquillement par quitter mon verre. Au nez, le bourbon apporte une belle richesse caramélisée et vanillée ainsi qu’une dimension épicée (cannelle) aux notes chocolatées, fruitées et fumées existantes. Ça ouvre l’appétit! En bouche, le liquide chaud et boisé pousse les malts sur le bord du précipice : c’est malheureux de tomber ainsi dans une barrique et de s’y noyer. En bouche, le corps de la bière est définitivement dense avec une armée de bulles très fines et une texture veloutée. La finale est alcoolisé et persistante, pleine de bourbon et de bois noir. Bouquet des plus intéressants mais saveurs bien écrasées par la barrique. Pas mauvais mais rien à voir avec la sublime version originelle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (817) - - AUG 30, 2014
Dark brown pour, thick tan head. Very carbonated. Nose is booze, a touch vinous, chocolate, somewhat metallic and vegetal. Taste is a touch vinous, fresh water, rich chocolate, dark fruits. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Wow, did not expect a HF BA dark beer to be so damn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1185) - Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle dated 02/2014. This has some great bourbon and wood aromas, but also has a baked bread character as well. The chocolate and roasted notes in the regular version are covered over by the bourbon barrel flavors. I love barrel aged beers and I like this one too. Just not too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to to HF bro Leighton for yet another, 13/08/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgeing. Nose is a big dark fruit charabang, bourbon infusion, red berry tang, dates, booze tunes, dark toffee notes. Taste comprises raisens, dates, molasses, very subtle spice, sweet jammy dark berry fructis, light cocoa wash. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light roast and a touch of bourbonics. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2781) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Le liquide est sombre, filiforme et laisse une tete fuyante se dissoudre au dessus de lui. L’arome est formidable mais en même temps si loin de la matrice si parfaite et voit la vanille supporter les petits fruits, le chocolat et la chaleur d’alcool. Le corps est vraiment aminci mais chargé d’une dose raisonnable de sucre. L’alcool perce et je perçois difficilement les repères de l’originale. Lente, riche mais délicate dégustation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle shared by Bacterial. Dark black pour, little carbonation and a smoky soy aroma. Flavor is also a bit of soy, light prune, red wine, hints of earthy chocolate and warming alcohol on the finish. Outstanding beer, at any price.

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