boFNjackson (4174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured deep brown with a tan head. Very nice! Sherry and wine-like. Big boozy and lots of roast, barley grains, vanilla with a whiskey character sneaking in. Creamy, subtle palate with a sugary finish.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle courtesy of Tim and Rachel. Very boozy, brandy aroma, very sweet, dark fruits, grapes, plums, prunes, the alcohol is present on the nose but not as much on in the taste. Delicious.
brenn79 (1581) - Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz. bottle- Pour almost pitch black with a nice soapy mocha head (whatís with all the reviews of a flat or no head beer, I did not get that at all, this beer had a thin yet remaining head until the last drop) , aroma is chocolate, suprisingly, and some sweet impy stout sugars. The flavor is chocolatey with a bite, If I didnít know better Iíd think this was a chocolate beer, the barleywine doesnít really show itself (I guess those evil serpent bitches have won this time). There is a nutty character to it as well. A sipper for sure, but very well crafted. 15 minutes later- Wait, the angels have arrived, i taste strong notes of a very strong barleywine, replaced from chocolate, in fact I donít even taste chocolate anymore, weird. I guess good has triumphed over evil once again. (seriously this tastes totally different than when I first opened it, I do think there was a battle going on in this bottle?)
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick tan head. Yeah, we have carbonation. Very light lacing. Aroma is quite vinous with oak/bourbon and dark esters. Flavor is chocolate, light vanilla, esters, and oak. Quite nice. Medium to full body. Just a touch too hot for me. Still, a very nice beer.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour. small khaki head. huge tobacco, sugar, milky caramel, alcohol in the finish..predictable and cloying..flavor of big licorice, tobacco, raisin, molasses, sweet bourbon. milky goodness. seems to slightly (and thankfully) separate itself from other big blends/stouts at such abv. creamy, dense mouthfeel. soft and nicely carbonated
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle, thanks Nickls. Small tan head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cocoa, Bourbon/Brandy. Taste is sweet, cocoa, some Brandy, light caramel. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
Travlr (13407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Nickls, thank you sir! Hazy reddish brown, scant edge head. Aroma of port wine and Herseyís syrup. Taste is dark milk chocolate and balsamic vinegar in a combination that somehow works, kind of like the chocolate and chilli in a nice Mexican mole sauce. Nice stuff.
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. The aroma has chocolate, raisins/dark fruits, light roast and bourbon. Dark brown - black coloured beer with a thin, off-white/beige head. The taste is sugarry sweet, has bourbon, chocolate, some vanilla, overripe dark fruits. Full bodied. Really a well designed blend.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with very thin beige colored head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, and a bit of brown sugar. There is a lot of alcohol in the flavor from the bourbon but nothing that is too aggressive or distracting. The palette is attacked by vanilla, dark fruit, wood and cocoa flavors. There is a sweetness from the brandy that I love. This beer presents such a balance between the two base beers itís awesome. I need to snag another bottle of this and cellar it for a bit and see how it matures because I can only see this beer getting better.
Rando7 (751) - Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours purplish-brown with small tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma very nice combination of dark fruits, raisins and chocolate with a little bourbon. Taste dark fruits, chocolate, toffee and bourbon. Palate thick and surprisingly carbonated. Finish bourbon and slight hops. Alcohol very apparent. I really enjoyed this but some will find it too boozy.