fkoolen (900) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
37,5cl bottle.at home. Pitch black, thick ale topped by just some foamy, brown bubbles. Incredibly rich and complex nose with big bourbon and brandy tones coming through, vanilla, honey, roasted malty coffee and milky chocolate, sweet and dried fruits like figs and raisins. Taste is rich on the mentioned aroma notes, with a sticky mouthfeel completely covering the palate for minutes; lightly bitter, lightly sour too. Great balance, big alcoholic warmth. Big body, low carbonation. Incredibly well executed.
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a small head. Very boozy aroma. Heavy bourbon, hints of marshamallow sweetness. Sweet vanilla flavor, but very dry and oaky. Alcohol is pretty hot. Light roast and coffee. Full body.
Nate (4113) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Wonderful bourbon aromas, figs, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and pleasant soy sauce. Dark black opaque with thin tan head. Chewy body with medium carbonation. Starts rich with bourbon, chocolate, molasses, and toasted grain. Vanilla and figs. Alcohol warming. Rich and mellow bourbon finish with lingering sweet after. Powerful but not cloying. Nice ale.
drpimento (3000) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The barrel qualities are somewhat muted but the malt qualities are just over the top. This beer is so rich, luxuriant & smooth. Perfectly balanced.
thomashall (627) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Brian...thanks buddy. Black pour with almost no head. Aroma is mostly the brandy barrel. Taste is a little boozy but nice finish. Really good stuff.
MarcoDL (3858) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Black pour, as almost everything at ZEBF. Deliciously rich aroma of vanilla bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Taste is thick and full, with bourbon vanilla, some boozy grape, coffee, cacao and oak. Fantastic.
Abio (1845) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one was a good surprise. Better as expected. But ofcourse the beer is a blend of 2 very nice brews.
Barrelbelly (747) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great blend. Wood, bourbon, and a great strong malt sirup taste. Warm alcohol finish.
MRodgers1982 (111) - USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Small bottle like a wine bottle split. Big caramel and sweet chocolate aroma. Taste very rich molasses and some chocolate. Mostly caramel and molasses. Flavor slightly sweet and complex. Finishes very malty with probes and some mellow coffee.
maximet (157) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black brew with a tiny brown ring. Slightly burn caramel, roasted hint, alcohol heat, light coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet with some bitterness flash. Full body with a soft carbonation, alcohol heat, thick with a long, strong caramel finish. It is a heavy brew.