daleharshman (847) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage, I think. Bomber purchased 18 months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($19.99). Pours an inky black color with one finger of creamy and very dark brown foam. AROMA of fine aged bourbon, sticky toffee, nutty dark malts, candied dark fruit (cherry, raisin), and chocolate. FLAVOR of nice dark chocolate/cocoa, cherry cordial, bourbon, dark maple syrup, dark caramel, port wine, and vanilla pipe tobacco. A very nice level of sweetness. Has a surprisingly soft mouthfeel considering how big this beer is. Though there are nice quality notes of bourbon and port here, it is not really "boozy" at all in the harsh sense. Very quaffable for a huge beer. Nicely complex and balanced with the bourbon and maple/molasses without overdoing the roast. I have thought this brewery to be just okay to date, but this one is certainly a big winner. (413, 846)
Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep dark umber with two fingers of tight khaki foam. The nose is a mixture of sweet molasses, cocoa powder, plum and earthy tea. The palate follows with a lot of cocoa powder chocolate malt and added complexity from the vinous fruit, smoky earth and even a touch of saltiness. The flavors are there but they just donít read very harmoniously throughout the life of the beer. Not bad but definitely wasnít quite what I was looking for.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt notes with some light black chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by quite a bit of residual sugars with some nice dry roasted malt notes. Notes of coffee and molasses are also very pleasant. Body is full with nice thick oily texture with good carbonation and alcohol is not overly apparent. Nice big IS which retains some good drinkability level.
PriorL (1134) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Brugs Bierfestival 2014. Shared with Mathieu87 and other. THX Bart for sharing this bottle! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: bourbon, chocolate, coffee, sweet.
TASTE: bourbon, sweet, alcohol, nice!
77ships (3256) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THX! for this gem. Thx goes to Mathieu87, I believe. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ Brugs Bier Festival 2014. Pours a sludgy black liquid with only a small rim on the sides. Nose is huge molasses, very thick liquorish, sweet, bourbon, warming, liquorish is quite dominant, coffee & roasted oak. Taste is bitter thick molasses, lots of liquorish (interesting but less my thing), thick syrupy, barrel, warming, bitter coffee grounds, lots of molasses, roasted oak, charred, warming, touch bourbon. Thick, chewy, little carb. Interesting & solid beer.
drfabulous (3559) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce with big thanks to summer 13 Secret Santa who hit this want. Time to open. Pours dark with thin black head. Sweet and sticky Molasses. Bourbon.Chocolate aroma and finish. Very nice.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Alaskaís most wanted....hmm...thatís funny as nothing was sent to the Juneau area this entire Autumn. I had to trade for this one.
I had in a pint glass and a Midnight Sun tulip. 12.7% ABV labeled on the bottle.
2013 vintage.letís do this.
The appearance pours like motor oil (i.e. jet black pour has that "glub glub" sound to it)....in the pint glass and the tulip, about the same sized head = about a fingerís worth of foamy slightly tan/almost off white head that dies within about a minute.
The smell - well, its mostly bourbon, woo-wee, holy crap, boy is that over over powering or what, woo-wee...as it warms, there is some maple and molasses; lilí bit of oakiness coming through, unsure how well it combines, though its not really combining to me, I do get some roastiness and some major vinousness/wine-ness to it, hmm.... yikes (I passed it to a wine drinker and she said this is very wine-like) uh-oh
On the palate, I just wonder if this could be any sweeter through the vinousness its already in, hmmmm...ok, is this how you want this thing MS, ok, no worries; however I will say this has an exceptionally sweet sticky aftertaste and a dry sticky sweet finish
Overall, would I have this again, no way, this is a wine in disguise at the moment, hmm....maybe if it aged a bit, it could come back to a slightly "beer state." until then, this is actually pure crap fresh, if you like wine, try it fresh, if you like beer, age it and see what happens.
oRos (959) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by John. Pours black with a brown head. Get lots of bourbon aroma. Taste is dark roasted malt. With some grape, vanilla, bourbon.
valpoaj (606) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged bottle brought of the cellars for rating #600, and to share with a friend (although Iím sure I ícouldí enjoy this one all alone, gotta share this treat). Black pour with a robust tan head, the aroma is relatively strong with tons of dark, sugary malt, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits and some wood - very good nose! Flavor is excellent - lots of the characteristic caramelized, sugary malt, a pleasant level of bourbon-laden oak, dark fruit, and dark/sweet chocolate - highly enjoyable. Palate was smooth and oily but highly drinkable, and maybe the age had had some impact, but the ABV was absolutely not notable. Had high hopes for this, and it did not miss - up there with the best impy stouts Iíve had.
alexsdad06 (4341) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared with the group. Pours black with a dark tan head. The aroma and flavor have dark malts, roast, big sweet character, chocolate, dark fruits, cabernet sauvigon, oak, bourbon, maple syrup and tobacco. I found it easy to drink even at almost 13%. Full bodied, smooth drinking. I have been wanting to try this for some time and was not disappointed.