weark (411) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Black color with a fast disappearing brown head, small lacing - Aroma is powerfull, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, cherry, coffee, roasted malt and alcohol really entertaining - Flavor is cherry chocolate, vanilla, oaky, dried fruits, alcohol, amazing - Full body, medium bitterness ( problably more, well hidden by the alcohol), flat carbonation, sweet and silky, long cherry chocolate finish - so good, the blend is well balanced, exciting beer really complex
PriorL (2492) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at semi-S&G tasting (since the music was shut down halfway through).
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee.
TASTE: chocolate, coffee, sweet, alcohol.
bjakk (459) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - DEC 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark-red small head. Aroma of raisins and alcohol. Malt, burned caramel alcohol, raisins and vanilla in the taste. A complex one.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Smokes n Suds. A reassuring pop of the cork before pouring a very dark brown, thin brown cap. The nose is rich, bourbon and chocolate malt. Lightly sweet, but also oak and char. The taste is also rich, a little more emphasis on the bourbon and chocolate malt. Less smoke/char and a bit of bittersweet. Rounded edges. On the downside itís a bit thin... Finishes with a very soothing bourbon and chocolate note.
Nocturne (1082) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Black and pretty headless. Just a thin coating of brown foam. Bourbon hits the nose first. Lots of dark fruits in there. Vanilla too. Something like buttery, maple-drenched pancakes as well (guessing the brandy). Taste is pretty sweet (to be expected) and a step down from the aroma but still has a nice dark fruit complexity and some heat on the backend. This is worth its high rating.
skmikeg (1237) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1000th review!!!!!. 12.7 oz bottle poured into my Lost Abbey long stem snifter. Pour jet black with a half finger khaki head which fade to nice lacing on the edge and nice legs as you drink it. Aroma is of dark fruits, brandy, molasses, roasted malts, espresso, bourbon, sweet malts, burnt malts, woody notes, coffee, and some light booze has it warms. Taste is brandied soaked dark fruits, brandy, roasted malts, woody bourbon, licorice, molasses, burnt sweet malts, espresso, dark chocolate, anise, and some very light booze has it warms. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a mostly sweet, lingering, slightly warming, mouth coasting, long, lingering finish. Overall, a true amazing, world class beer that is defiantly worthy of being my 1000th review.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with Sean. Brown pour, no head. Nose is big whiskey notes, bourbon, oak, coffee, milk chocolate and touches of booze. Flavour is intense woody, bourbon sapped chocolate and coffee with a huge bang of booze to set things off. Surprisingly medium in body, little carbonation. Oh so complex in the finish. Amazing stuff.
gunnar (6205) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a US trade. Pours black with a small tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, molasse, brandy and liquoric, inviting. Smooth, thick oily and creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonated. Taste is complex dark rich malty, well integrated light burning alcohol, traces of tar and liquorice, a beer to enjoy for a long time as Im doing right now in front of the fireplace.
ABT_S54 (256) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 375cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown in the pour but once in the glass is pitch black with a hint of garnet around the edge when held up to light. Aroma is massively powerful concoction of bourbon, buttery vanilla, barrel, dark fruits and massive burnt malt. Taste is toasted fruit cake drenched in bourbon and brandy then covered in 65% coca chocolate. Sweetness is quite upfront however the rest of the beer is so powerful it balances itself out as to not be sickly. Moderate bitterness and the creamiest mouthfeel ever with no carbonation to speak of.
anstei (237) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12.7oz bottle from Erzbierschof. Pours pitch black with no head. Itís strong, intense and complex, but lacks the balance that I need to enjoy a beer that powerful.