Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rich dark black with french roast coffee aroma. Pours like light crude. Such a good cedar caramel and roast flavor. great rich tight bubbles. So big and good.
pdx77 (1465) - Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle during the BeerMongers Fifth Anniversary Bottle Share. Pitch black color. Aroma is molasses, jerky, and cocoa nibs. Taste is similar, but with more cocoa and bourbon notes. A smooth beast of a beer.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 "Wish lister. Hasnít been 10. anything for a long while (12.7 on the bottle and other sites) and has a new label. Brewed with molasses and maple syrup, aged in bourbon. Hard to go wrong there, and they donít. This is my new favorite from them. Black as night even held up to the light with a tight firm cocoa head. The only fault is a little heat shows, but itís still smooth. Wonderful aroma and flavor of oak barrels, roasted chocolate and coffee malt, tons of molasses. Maple in the backgroundm comes out a little mmore in the aftertaste, otherwise the flavor matches the aroma with maybe a hint of licorice as well. Mighty fine brew."
10/14 - on tap the heat is nearly GONE, molasses more background with more maplebourbon. fantastic. 4.3 bottle, 4.5 tap.
ACHops (866) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Uber. Pours thick inky black with medium dark cocoa colored head. Aroma is super dark roasty malt, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, port, molasses, soy sauce. Taste is similar: charred dark malt dominates with big chocolate flavor as well. Canít say Iíve even tasted tobacco in a beer before, but itís there, maybe a note. Plenty of molasses, but I donít get any maple syrup here. Really big beer. Boozy, and the port definitely stands out, but minimal bourbon or barrel-aged notes. Quite good, but a notch below Abyss or Parabola.
markextrae (1481) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle in a trade, thanks a lot matt!! shared it with two friends. poured a deep dark colour with a nice small mocha head, with a nice lacing on the side. dark chocolate, molasses, plums, hints of maple sweetness, not a lot of bourbon but itís there. dark chocolate soaked fruits. char, nice thick syrup mouthfeel.
gEUS (1320) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660 ml bottle - shared with kraddel and dennoma, courtesy of spdyfire80something - Thanks Bryan C. Turner!. Pours dark brown to black with a nice deep purple hue. Steady head, creamy foam. Incredible lacing.. Intense liquorice aroma, slight molasse, but lots of chocolate and cacao. Nice stout! Alcohol and bourbon hidden fairly well.
rxeight (1667) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. This one was kind of a disappointment. All barrel. Touch of maple aroma.
Errl (1871) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...Pour is dark black with thin fading head...Nose is maple, dry, barrel, oak, bourbon...Taste is roast, dry, oak, maple, bourbon..
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the July 2014 3R6P gathering. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small foamy dark brown head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was coconut, slick oily malts, anise, bourbon, brown sugar and marzipan. The flavor was port wine, bourbon, coconut, anise, chocolate syrup, vague fruity hops, bread dough and marzipan. Very long finish. Very full, thick and smooth body. Outstanding!
furthur (312) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour. Black black black body, espresso colored skiff of foam. Aroma is sorghum molasses, soy, prune, licorice, bourbon, ginger cookies. Taste is bourbon, molasses, raisin, crack seed plum, ginger, big vanilla and bitter black malt ending. Palate is thick and chewy, subdued carbonation. Six months in the cellar have done good things for this beer. I wish I had another to leave for a year. Molasses still dominates, but soy is more subdued, fruity flavors coming out.