bytemesis (4944) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to PhillyCraft! Pours opaque black, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, anise, molasses, cocoa. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, a bit hot, anise and molasses forward. Medium plus body, hot finish.
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is bourbon and malt. Taste is pretty much the same. Full body with a nice texture.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smallish dark beige sheet tops the blackness. Red fruits, vanilla, woody bourbon takes a lot of room in the nose, but without stealing the show completely from the marshmallowy chocolate foundations. As it warms up, more berry-like fruitiness climbs up and complements the rich dark malts and highly toasted cereal base. Chewy, velvety, smoothly carbonated stout with rich maltiness, impressively round for a barrel-aged brew, probably due to the high amount of residual sugars, but then again, itís not syrupy neither in spite of its vanilla undertones and fudgey inclinations. This is probably due to age - this bottle having been bought at the brewery some 20 months ago - which has subdued the alcohol somewhat, the wheatiness which adds a lightness of spirit adn the all-around fruitiness which brings a vinous component with the softest acidity refreshment and less of a desserty sweetness. A really smooth sipper which has resisted the test of time up to now and impersses by its capacity to post a strong impression while being edgeless all the same.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour, brown head. Bourbon, vanilla, rich brownie batter, molasses, nice roast structure. Great beer.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Bourbon edition, bottle date 10-2013. Huge thanks, Alex. Deep, deep brown pour, appears dense & black in the glass. Slow rising, thin & fine-bubbled burnt tan foam settles to a ring quickly. Huge coffee & dense fudge cake aroma. Light undertones of woody bourbon, vanillin, toasted buck wheat, scorched brown sugar, & faint caramel cake. Lovely molten dark chocolate flavor infused with coffee beans, light vanilla, & a robust, warming bourbon essence from front to back. Periphery shows vanilla, wood, brown sugar, cream, & a touch of black licorice. Woody finish with lingering, mouth coating dark chocolate fudge cake & dry coffee beans. A touch of warmth. Fucken delicious.
jcnielsen (2732) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with adnielsen, Thanks Aaron! Pours a black color with white head. Solid bourbon, oak, roasty aromas. Bourbon, booze, oak, roasty, alcohol flavors.
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Christmas Eve 2014 with jcnielsen. Pours a black appearance with a brown head. Big sweet dark chocolate and toffee in the aroma with smooth whiskey, caramel, and coconut. Creamy mouth feel. Moderate high sweetness. Moderate low bitterness. Lots of coconut and whiskey in the flavor. Pretty fucken tasty.
berntholer (1474) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dense beige head leaves some lacing. coffee coloured. massive aroma of coconut, booze, bourbon and molasses. taste like aroma, boozy, bitter chocolate, ashes. nice dense mouthfeel, quite soft carbonation. really nice, but emelisse irs wild turkey is def as good!bottle 50cl / bd oct-2013
rxeight (1974) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle dated 6/13. Thanks Dany. Pitch black with a thin mocha color ring. Aroma is dark roasty malt. Taste is bitter euro roast. Unsweetened, licorice, smoke, burnt coffee. Favors are pronounced but still restrained. Taste actually builds after you swallow, bitter coffee comes through.
Not much bourbon. Maybe a touch on the back. Super drinkable like every HF beer. A little thin for an imperial stout. Otherwise pretty tasty and unique.
ineedbeer (1310) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes taken during a tasting a couple weeks back. Tasted beside the Madeira version.
Aroma has a stronger roast character and less dark fruit, which may be why the roast shows through more. More coffee character, but slightly peppery. Moderate bourbon notes and light alcohol spice and oak.
Pours black with a dark mocha head that lingers on the edges.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with quite a bit of roast and coffee notes with hints of green pepper and chocolate. Moderate bourbon notes with some alcohol spice and light oak. Moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer. I like that there isnít much soy sauce in this bottle, but the roast note has a bit of green pepper character. I miss the red wine notes that the Madeira version had.