oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle- pours very black and fudgey, slight creamy head. Nose- vanilla, whiskey, anise and wood. Taste- very rich chocolate initially and then rye like spice and roast. Many competing flavours emerge as the beer warms. More vanilla, brandy, dark fruits and just a touch of heat. a big powerful beer but not too heavy on the palate and finishes with a dry toasty quality. Excellent beer and has held up well despite being three years old.
Samact (36) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Couleur sombre complètement opaque avec une belle mousse très dense.
En bouche, le corps est excessivement onctueux et sirupeux. Le liquide est si complexe. On y retrouve du fudge, de la vanille, du bourbon, de l’alcool et une si belle présence boisée, presque fumé, un peu comme les scotchs de la merveilleuse région de Islay. Le goût en bouche semble perdurer pendant plusieurs minutes. Fabuleux!
markextrae (3977) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Poured a deep dark Black colour with a Nice mocha coloured ring on top. Nose is fairly sweet with a big amount of sweet maple syrup, chocolate fudge, dark roasted chocolate, sweet vanilla, oak, marshmallows, sweet sticky bourbon, sweet oak. Taste is medium to full bodied with a clear sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Aftertaste is quite hot, with a clear alcohol notice. Very Nice blended stout,
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 12/16/2013.
Pours with a decent khaki head. Nice collar. Islands of bubbles.
Nose is Bourbon and vanilla. More blended into the flavor than #2. Oak and vanilla blend well. Chocolate, but not fudgy.
Taste of Bourbon is very sharp and not as well integrated. Chocolate. Vanilla. Oak comes through in the finish.
Medium carbonation. Slightly boozy. Medium body, not very thick.
Doesn’t seem as rich as Madness #2. Just as good though.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 mL bottle, huge thanks to George at the Bevy for hooking me up!!! Rich, thick, black pour with brown around the edges and a small dark tan head. Amazingly complex nose, with classic HF integration of vanilla and nutty barrel character into chocolate ganache, softly roasted coffee bean; silly complex combo of flavors. Batches 3 and 4 were both lightly infected; this shit was boss.
kermis (11220) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a big brown but short lived head. Aroma of molasses, oak, vanilla, a little overripe dark fruit, toffee and light licorice. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with bourbon coming out more in the plalate along with some light licorice and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a light prickly carbonation and a boozy bourbon alcohol finish.
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis, big thanks.
Thin creamy tan head. Bourbon aroma. Clear black pour. Lots of bourbon. A lovely brew.
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Dark roast coffee, chocolate. Lots of barrel and quite a bit of heat on this one, which surprised me for something from HF and this old.
I actually had this a week earlier and it was a completely different experience. Chocolate chips and roast. Light on the barrel. Not 100% sure it was batch 1, but it was the same 500ml, and I believe subsequent bottles were 375.
bytemesis (6949) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sebastien! Pours inky black, medium dark brown creamy head that slowly dissipates leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is bourbon, cognac, roasted malts, chocolate, oak tannins. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, roasty with a lot of barrel influence. Lots of bourbon, cognac, almost a porty thing going on. Oak tannins everywhere. Some acidity. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid beer, as would be expected.
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@Luxury tasting#2: "when Benzai was finally sober again". Served at roomtemperature in a Chouffe glass: Thanks PhillyCraft:
Blown creamy brown head. Black beer. Head staya on for a looooong time! That’s a 5er!
Aromas of whiskey, alcohol, mocha, wood, sweetwood, some raisin, sweet wood, hints of vanilla and pear.
Flavours of mocha, wood, vanilla, some spice, dried leaves, bitters, caramel, mocha, smooth roast, sweetbitter, hint of chocolate, apples...
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, light spice, smooth soft roast and sweets like mocha and vanilla with a woody edge.
Low carbo, close to silky mouthfeel, between medium and full bodied.