mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this bottle up from a great BA trader lhteacher. Shared at Proof for our little HH. Pours a very thick and viscous black. Good amount of deep tan head that faded into a medium collar. Aroma is of licorice, dark roasted malt, some charred oak, some bourbon. Taste is all of the aroma plus some coffee and vanilla. Maple is also present throughout. Super rich body, nice low carbonation.
ctipping (539) - 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 (2306) - 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 (8085) - The Hague, 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 (7199) - 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 (2037) - 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 (5194) - 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 (5614) - 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.
Benzai (11360) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Luxury Tasting part II: "when Benzai was finally sober again", shared by Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, bourbon. Taste malts, roasted malts, bourbon strongly yet soft and smooth, dark malts, a hint of dark chocolate, moderately bitter, a slight hint of dark fruits like raisins. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, oily texture, medium to full body, soft but suitable carbonation. Delicious beer!
DutchDrebus (5109) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ benzai. Pitch blacl colour with a medium sized dark brown head. Smells boozy, bourbon, almond, whisky, earthy, roasty, chocolate, coffee. Tastes sweet, chocolate, almond, earthy, hint of oak/wood, slight hint of liquorice, slightly espresso. Deep and lasting flavours, full body, nice soft carbo. Pretty great.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour, thin brown head. Viscous, think, rich. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, raisins. Delicious as hell.