jsnicholas (396) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz $16): Black with brown head. Smells of bourbon and chocolate. Tastes like roasted chocolate and bourbon. Finishes sweet but other flavors are to strong for me to taste maple.
RussianDragon (574) - - OCT 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a thick dark brown/near black with a dark tan head that lasts at the edge. The beer is so thick that my fingerprints on the glass are reflected on the meniscus. Aroma is rich and complex - cocoa, red wine tannins, cinnamon, roasted malt, bourbon, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is intense and delicious - roast and chocolate malt, balanced and complex. Where to begin? Cinnamon and spice aspects are subtle, but worth mentioning. Alcohol is well-masked under a delicious combination of vanilla, oak, bourbon and molasses. Outstanding, what a terrific beer.
Huhzubendah (3036) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black body with a half inch of thick beige head. Wonderful aroma with bourbon, maple syrup, dark fruits, oak, wine tannins, vanilla. Delicious and every bit as complex as the aroma promised. A joy to sip and savor. What a fabulous beer. World class.
Martinus (3841) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, bourbon, molasses and liquorice root. Sweet flavour, molasses, light salt (salty liquorice?), caramel and bitter coffee. Full body. Finish malts, coffee and bourbon.
(From 66cL bottle @ BAB 2014. Thanks for sharing, ratebeer crew!!)
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 (1484) - 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 (7196) - 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 (977) - 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 (2170) - 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 (1503) - 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.