LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours an amber brown with a micro stripe of bubbles atop.
Aroma: Cinnamon,brown sugar,ripe dark fruit. Caramel ,cocoa.
Taste: Anise, rum raisin, wood. Black pepper with lingering spice.
Mouthfeel: Prickly. Full bodied, harsh.
Overall: I thought this beer was too big and harsh when it was released, but see some potential for it by this same time next year. Great flavor profile, just too hot with too much bite.
AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where: Tasting 2016-05-28.
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, colour with a minimal tan head.
Aroma: Spices, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruit, vinous, caramel, some spices.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, liquorice, chili, bourbon, alcohol, cinnamon, dried fruti, caramel.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Enjoyed this at a tasting at Andrew’s house for my first tasting with the Ann Arbor crew on July 8! 375 mL bottle. The pour is a decently thick darker brown, almost muddy, with a lighter tan head that falls down with no lace. The aroma is full of dark fruits, specifically raisin. There is a huge amount of cinnamon on the inhale that is pretty well balanced with the fruit. A light caramel exists, and there is a little oaky vanilla on the back end. The flavor carries a little more barrel and dark fruit to it. The plum and raisin are nice, and the cinnamon is still large, though tones down a bit. The mouth feel is thicker with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly fruity cinnamon finish. This is an interesting balance. There’s a lot of flavor here, but I think these should be consumed soon-ish.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle. Small tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, some caramel, light cinnamon. Taste is sweet, raisin, chocolate, some Bourbon/alcohol, light chile pepper. Boozy. Sticky full body, light alcohol acidity.
maley1 (1074) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of malts, bourbon, fruit, vanilla, oak, cinnamon and coconut. Taste of bourbon, raisins, malts, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, fruit, chilli peppers and oak. Full bodied, low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, perfectly balanced. Very complex beer, a real treat!
doublebock (552) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Boozy with bourbon and butterscotch and toffee
Appearance: Dark brown with beige head
Taste: Tootsie roll, brown sugar, burnt caramel. Wonderful smooth bourbon flavor on the finish.
Overview: Wow. Just wow. Tons of complex malt flavors with the barrel shining through. Raisins are the most dominant note with only enough chilis to add another layer.
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On par with Lost Abbey’s awesome beers. Aroma was very full. Huge raisin smell with prune, Belgian yeast and other dark fruits. Pour was a nice deep dark brown, near black with a thin light tan film for a head. Taste was huge. A little too sweet and cloying, but with this ABV it’s expected. This beer is all dark fruits. Dates, figs, plum and raisin are leading the charge. The Belgian yeast dried the beer out a bit, but all in all this was a sweet fruity desert beer. Good carbonation.
MarcoDL (3880) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at beertemple. Dark brown pour. Delicious aroma of bourbon vanilla, almond, cinnamon, ripe fruit and chocolate. Flavor is filthy rich, with almond, cinnamon, hazelnut, ripe fruit, smooth bourbon vanilla, mild cacao, spice and a smooth mild chili afterburn that fits perfectly with the other flavor. This is one of the rare examples of extreme flavors in near-perfect balance, thus enforcing eachother. Fantastic brew, nectar of the gods.I’m off to build an altar for this one.
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark pour that looked like muddy swamp water...the kind of look that will make you go "1" or "5" for appearance based on whether it tastes good! Bourbon and chocolate on the nose. Coffee, chocolate, a ton of licorice and a punch of bourbon. This is great. GREAT.
slowrunner77 (9661) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a Judgement Day fan, a bourbon barrel fan, and a chili fan, so the premise here excited me. Pours almost stout dark, with a strong nose of vanilla, booze, chocolate oak and raisins. You really have to work for the spices in the nose, but they come out some as it opens. Flavor is sweet and boozy and spicy...all those things plus moderate chili and light cinnamon. Nice sipper. Doesn’t resemble a traditional quad anymore, but is quite delicious.
adasko (1778) - Poznan, POLAND - JUN 5, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, red wine, cherry - mind blowing aroma. Dark copper color, tiny beige head. Looks pretty decent. Taste is actually even more mind blowing than aroma. It’s like liquid chocolate, with cherry, with vanilla, with bourbon, with wood, with port wine. So amazing. A bit to light in the mouth, but still so silky and smooth. For this 13,7 abv - almost unnoticeable. Pure masterpiece.