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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2009) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (12453) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
Malzig alkoholischer Antrunk, in dem die Fasslagerung deutlich wird. Die Alkoholnoten bleiben ersichtlich, stören aber im Verlauf weniger. Vanille, zum Ende brennend. 11/10/8/10/10/9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2164) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle shared by me - thanks!! Thick black pour with a tan head. Nose is bourbon and roasted malt, smoked wood, alcohol. Really nice mouthfeel. Thick but still dry. Big bourbon goodness. Smoky. Oaky. Really yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (7891) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Jeff - thanks! Dark brown with some deep reddish highlights. Bourbon, wood, mild smoke, charred marshmallows, some vanilla. Moderate palate. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dandeman (649) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Brought back from the brewery on a trip to Vermont. A lot of pleasure drinking this. But, a lack of complexity in aroma and flavors had it lost a few points. Alcool et Bourbon frappent d’abord le nez. Présence de chocolat, de cerises noires, un peu de bois. L’alcool est cependant dominant. Le nez est un peu moins complexe que ce à quoi je m’attendais. Le visuel est noir, opaque; comme une stout. Avec une petite mousse mince. L’alcool est également très présent en bouche avec encore une fois le chocolat et les cerises. C’est comme manger une Cherry Blossom alcoolisée. L’alcool n’est toutefois pas déplaisant malgré son intensité. On y retrouve un peu de café mais c’est encore le chocolat qui domine. La texture est très onctueuse et les saveurs restent longtemps en bouche. Beaucoup de plaisir à boire cette bière. Mais un peu plus de complexité en olfactif et en saveurs aurait fait plus honneur à leur réputation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle, cheers to Leighton! Deep brown pour with a tiny head. Pretty woody. Peanut butter and kit kat bars. Vanilla and bananas fosters. The taste is of sweet brown sugar. Cinnamon spice. Vanilla and chocolate fudge. Hot woody finish. Quite carbonated, sort of detracts from the drinking experience a bit. Still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared in London - procured in VT. Pours black-brown with a frothy beige head. The nose has charred wood, baking cocoa, alcohol, earth. Medium sweet flavor with some toasty toffee, burnt marshmallows, dark fruits, scorched earth, mild burnt wood. Medium to full bodied with average to lively carbonation. Warm to hot finish with lots of burnt toffee, earth, gooey charred marshmallows, milk chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich, roast, toast, earth, burnt brown sugar, nougat, unripe coconut and toast. The taste is rich, earth, roasty, acidity, toasty, spice, wood, alcohol, coconut and vanilla with a dry finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Dunmo... Not quite there. Base beer is great, but this is not quite there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1651) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Chocolate pour with fine bubbled mocha foam. Soft, fulsome bourbon aroma with shades of coconut, butter toffee, corn cakes and caramel. The black cherry and cinnamon bark porter malts compose the sound foundation.

The flavor is luxurious and bourbon forward, finding its gentle warmth without flashing alcohol. There is a solvent-like plain chemical note in the middle that is more bland than offensive, and this is washed away quickly in the rich brown sugar cordial tide that builds into the long, velvety finish. Red berries, chocolate and tobacco bathe in the bourbon for a good while after swallowing.

High carbonation here works well with the medium weighted body to differentiate this from all the dessert-like sippers of this ilk. That it finds many of the same flavors and textures without being a syrupy, burdensome task to drink is satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (574) - - AUG 9, 2014
500 bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks Michael. Pours a dark brown/nearly black, with lasting beige edge head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, bourbon, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is delicious and massive - bourbon booziness with bitter chocolate and malt with tobacco leaf vegetal notes. Booze snap in the finish - delicious.

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