hockeybeerguy (1468) - 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 (1032) - 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 (613) - 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 (5243) - 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.
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Viscous black pour with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, pipe tobacco, and maple. Flavor is bourbon forward with the sweet flavors of molasses and maple syrup coming through nicely, notes of the roasted malts come out as well. Oak notes in the sweet and long finish, slightly warming from the abv. So complex and balanced! Iíd been wanting to try this beer for a long time and it did not disappoint at all! Delicious!
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Good Life, Massapequa Park. Awesome aroma, chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses, licorice. The appearance is deep black, deep tan head. The flavor is licorice, tobacco, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon. The finish is bittersweet chocolate, oak, sweetness of bourbon, but no booze burn. for such a high ABV, the booze is almost undetectable. Beautiful beer
Ataraxia (340) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense opaque black, near nonexistent tan lacing. Potent aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, charred wood, a hint of maple syrup. Vinous, with a slight umami taste is prevalent. Viscous but the body is a bit thin for the style and alcohol content.
Dodgrblu (584) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, aroma is sweet bourbon, flavor is the same, slightly watery.
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rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer! Pours espresso. Notes of caramel, esresso and lots of dark fruit. Taste was big sweet and mediium bitter. Big full body with lots of carbonation.
pushkinwow (1954) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle from Whole Foods. Black with a brown head, fades to a faint ring around the glass. Light maple, molasses, vanilla, oak, some bourbon and booze, roasted/burnt malts. Full body, moderate carbonation, hint of sweetness, alcohol warmth, more molasses, thick, long complex finish. Everything is very finely balanced and works very well together.