jbeatty (1194) - New York, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 05/01/2014. Pours deep black, dense creamy dark tan head with nice retention. Aroma has thick chocolate, mild roasted edge with nutty tobacco notes, dark molasses with sweeter maple syrup on top, nougat, ripe dark fruit, bourbon well integrated. Taste is sweet chocolate malts, ashy roast, licorice, lots of bourbon in the finish, booze hidden but not entirely. Thick creamy body. Very nice.
GRM (3270) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, vanilla, light woody, light burnt barley, light soy sauce; mouth: roasted barley, vanilla, light woody, light burnt barley, light soy sauce, finale in roasted barley with presence of burnt barley, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, oily texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, vanille, léger boisé, léger orge brûlé, léger sauce soya; bouche : orge torréfiée, vanille, léger boisé, léger orge brûlée, léger sauce soya, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’orge brûlée, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture huileuse; en résumé : bien
Countbeer (5236) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Pitch black pour! The brownest head I have ever seen on a beer! Damn this looks awesome!
Aromas of bourbon, butter, mocha, liquorice, vanilla, cream, prunes, perfume, some marzipan, light roast, some meat and some coffee.
Flavours of bourbon, coffee, roast, cream, mocha, vanilla, bitter, some prunes, some raisin, mocha, dark chocolate, wood, some toffee, bon bon, nuts and some dark coffee roast pralines...
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, bourbon, roast, spices, liquorice, some nuts and chocolate.
Low carbo, silky spicy mouthfeel, full bodied and a oily spicy texture.
Complexity is my middle name!
Cybercat (3961) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich, warm coffee brown with a fairly thick tan head. Bold aroma has notes of coffee, roast malt and sweet caramel. Sweet roast malt, coffee and caramel notes fill out the strong flavor. Texture is quite firm and fairly fizzy. Go berserk!
BenH (2930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Paul. Black with a gorgeous looking dark golden head. Aroma of molasses and oak, chocolate. Taste is rich, heavy molasses and oak. Thick and sweet. Delish.
daleharshman (970) - 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 (2652) - Gray, 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 don’t read very harmoniously throughout the life of the beer. Not bad but definitely wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
Boutip (5133) - 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 (2643) - 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 (5179) - 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.