poisoneddwarf (1934) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. This was a runner-up for my 900th rating. Pours near opaque black with no head and a tiny beige ring of foam. Aroma is way strong in brandy, wood, vanilla, raisins, molasses, bread--powerful, almost overbearing at first but it either mellows out or I got used to it. Taste is sweet, tart, and meaty with no bitterness. Absolutely packed to the fucking brim with flavor--seriously, there’s no way they could have fit more into this little bottle. Licorice comes out pretty strong in the finish--almost Jagermeister-like in its impact on the palate. Carbonation is soft, body is obviously full, mouthfeel syrupy. This is one helluva beer. Definitely a sipper.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: March 03, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: open with a robust pop of the cork, black, frothy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel candy aroma, vanilla sweetness, roasted, bourbon and chocolate
Flavor: sweet caramel candy flavor, brandy and vanilla sweetness, touch of oak, light roasted comes in with a bourbon character, hint of dark chocolate, hot caramel
Date: May 16, 2012
picking up a slight stinky feet funk that’s killing the sweetness and replacing it with a dry earthyness, light tartness, still the rich chocolate and now dry caramel, no brandy, no bourbon, no hot caramel, another one bites the dust,
Date: May 24, 2012
not so funky but a light tartness and drier, burbon ia present but without the sweetness to pull out the richness,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with a little bit of head. Decent lacing.The nose is a nice mix of both bourbon and brandy.T aste is cherries and vanilla first, followed by some milk chocolate and caramel. The oak is present, along with a sweet sugary quality of brown sugar. Full mouthfeel.
MotherBrother (800) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with Steffen and Stefan.
Pour murky brown, with a small off-white head.
Aroma is really complex, with lots of barrel, bourbon, vanilla, and plenty of brandy/bourbon soaked prunes, dates.
Taste is sweet and complex.
Semi-full body, with an average carb. (Can really both taste and feel the "Angels Share" in this one)
onceblind (5312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Avery’s 2012 Strong Ale Fest. Black with a thin light tan head. Nose is Pretty boozy chocolaty, with a molasses undertone with a touch of oak. Flavor is big and rich, a little overly sweet, with molasses, dark chocolate, booze, oak, with a chewy long sweet chocolaty aftertaste
Scopey (8817) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at PPCB. It pours very dark brown (nr black), with a thin off-white head. The nose is vanilla, wood, whiskey, roasted malt, alcohol, coconut, toffee and liquorice. The taste is roasted malt, salted caramel, toffee, wood, vanilla, whiskey, molasses, petrol, dark chocolate, liquorice, pepper and smoke, with a long warming, dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. There is a lot going on in this one, but thankfully the balance is there. Good stuff.
Camons (7520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours hazy dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisins and other dark fruit, chocolate, caramel. Taste is malts, caramel, dark chocolate, raisins, plums, cherries, bourbon, aok, port notes, vanilla. Full body, low carbonation, long bourbon finish. Just WoW. 090312
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown almost black color, aroma of bourbon, cola, vanilla, dark fruits, flavor is bourbon, oak, vanilla, cherry, raisin and other dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, alcohol spice on the finish, taste almost like a rum and coke, incredible stuff
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Even better than I expected. A perfect bourbon, cognac, cherry imperial stout. Perfect level of carbonation that keeps it from tasting too sweet. Best to drink it in small sips that you let play on your tongue. Great beer.
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via trade with Mashmaster. The aroma is gorgeous. A mix of oak, vanilla, brandy, bourbon, fruit, molasses. The appearance is stout like, deep black, light tan head, oily film on the glass. The flavor is oak, vanilla, boozy, fruit, chocolate, molasses. The finish is booze, fruity sweet, light pine. Mdium/thick in body. Excellent. Thanks, Tom.