MarinEvelyn (560) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sweet aroma-some bourbon, roasty, like a sweet chocolate fruit.
Taste is similar, a little alcohol ting, chocolate, sweet, roast
Tantore (15) - Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a wine guy. Had to switch from a Zalto Burgundy glass to a much more open Nachtmann Xxl because I disliked the nose so much. Best described as sweet yeast. Kind of a fructose nose. The palate on the other hand has perfect feel, velvety and mouth coating. The taste is reminiscent of a sweet malt beverage from Puerto Rico with some hints of brown spirits and lots of yeast which I like in the mouth as opposed to the nose. A delicious beer.
mkel07 (3540) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
355ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 130614. Beer does not get any better than this, surely.
indianabeerman (46) - Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown or black . minimal head. smells of dark fruits and bourbon. tastes much the same with the bourbon coming thru more as it warms. another great beer from the abbey
GenDV138 (1425) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Bottle year is faded away but I believe it’s a 2014. Pours dark brownish black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of bourbon and brandy, booze, a bit of dark fruit. Tastes of bourbon, brandy, toffee, coconut, dark fruit, chocolate, booze. Medium-full body with a dry and semi-hot finish. Low carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Quite boozy.
edwardbass (524) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is dark, dark brown with no head. Aroma is bourbon and a little brandy. Taste is exactly the same with a little coffee and dark dried fruit and a tiny bit of hops bitterness. Fairly light bodied. This stuff is excellent.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle. Pours a dark brown color with red undertones. A thin film of light brown head. Bourbon and vanilla aromatics with some roast malt and dark ale fruit. Stout character dominates up front, with boozy components and earthen roast malt flavors. Caramel and vanilla are present afterwards with an ashy tinge. Bourbon lingers in the finish, with a ruddy toffee flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and hot.
RussianDragon (490) - - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s, served by Matt Capone himself! Pours a headless thick black with small bubbles lining the glass. Aroma is brandy, cigar, dark cherries, and smoked malt & wood. Flavor is same with licorice and dark chocolate. Bubbly carbonation and dry finish. Delicious, not often that I like a blend.
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Immediately greeted by vanilla, bourbon, oak, wood, chocolate, cocoa nibs, spirit soaked raisins, dark fruits and plums. Black appearance with almost no foam and thin alcohol legs. Taste is really smooth with well blended notes of chocolate, cocoa nibs, slight toffee, vanilla, oak, candied caramel upfront, and then the barrels kick in right after, bringing intense wood, bourbon, subtle brandy, spirit soaked raisins, plums, more oak, sticky molasses and a well masked alcohol finish. Overall, this is really well blended and the barrels really take it to the next level. I feel the Imperial Stout side takes more of the Barley Wine flavor but, it’s absolutely perfect. A+ rating.
LinusStick (2866) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This delicious beer knocked my socks off! Aroma was big and full. Strong vanilla, bourbon and chocolate with just a subtle hint of dark cherry. Pour was a thick viscous black with just a tan ring for a head. Taste was awesome! So many flavors going on and all of them gel perfectly. Bourbon, vanilla bean, dark chocolate and cherry. Thick mouth feel. Barely any carbonation but none is needed here. Great complexity make up for it.