bartlebier (2072) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7fl corked&caged bottle kindly hauled&shared by oldmanriver. Dubious label, flat dark brown oily pour without any head or action. Aroma drew me back in: rich bourbon vanilla and subtle Mon Chťrie preserved black cherry in chocolate, bourbon-soaked butterscotch cake, some cognac and yet almost no abv burn. Taste is a lusciously layered symphony of dry and woody bourbon barrel tying in together decadant chocolate cherry, a dry raisin edge, before a second dessert of vanilla-dark chocolate ice cream cake kicks in, given depth by a fruity bourbon, more stone fruit and oak cask. Some tawny port character (red fruits), oily mouthfeel with no carbonation. Superb nectar, shame about the lack of "prťsence", but expert in packing & hiding so much chocolate liqueur/liquid candy in a very approachable beer.
Prufrockstar (1215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from JohnnyJ (thanks!). Dark near flat pour. Chocolate, bourbon. Brandy. Reminds me of HotDís version of Pannepeuch. Sweet, toffee, roast -- stoutier than deliverance but in the same vein. Sweet, minimally bitter. I prefer deliverance, but this is alright.
OldMrCrow (1999) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another late-in-the-tasting rating. Low carbonation. Alcohol very forward from the Angelís share; chocolate, molasses. but where is the rich raspberry truffle coming from?
Rasmus40 (12218) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. lack without head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, wood and lots of bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 201214
yespr (33020) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a fully gone tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and liqourice. Sweet. toffee and chocolate. Smooth roasted and lingering caramelish. Lingering toasted malty and toffee finish.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by brew3crew - thanks again, Jason! Pours an opaque brown color with almost no head. Notes of vanilla, fudge, caramel, dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), oak, earth, roasted and chocolate malts, and warming brandy and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, rich, coating mouthfeel. Dangerously smooth, perhaps a little under-carbonated. But damn, I like this blend. Really rich and tasty.
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz bottle, split with brew3crew and co. Near-black color. Very thin ring of off-white head, kind of bubbly upon pouring. Really nice aroma: dark chocolate, black cherries in the nose. Very cool bigger thicker chewy velvety texture. Kind of slick, lightly dry towards the finish. Lighter carbonation, perfect amount for this beer. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Some warmth with every sip, but it doesnít bother me at all, and works great with the rest of the beer. Very interesting amount of barrel heat, some woody, mild spice, touch of apple, bit of vanilla. Really pleasant overall, perfect amount of both stout and barrel character. Wonderful taste, esp. for a 14%+ beer. Super nice, very enjoyable and impressive.
luttonm (2571) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Clean, dark brown, no head after a totally still cork. Dark soy, molasses. Deep chocolate. Great barrels, rich sweet, brandy. Really old sljivovica (plum brandy). Nice.
mcberko (7475) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber-tinged brown with a small tan head. Aroma is complex as hell, with notes of cherries, molasses, brandy and bourbon, and winter spices. Flavour is intense, like Deliverance, with brandy and bourbon notes upfront, followed by rich brown sugar, roast, and molasses. Not far off from Deliverance, with amazing complexity and richness. Wonderfully blended and constructed. Fantastic stuff.
Ferris (5267) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Boozy, bourbon and molasses. Deep black with a small white head. Bourbon and nice mellow balanced roast and chocolate notes. Well done.