madvike (2578) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by Ughsmash...thanks Jason - Pours black with a thin dark brown head. Lots of molasses and brown sugar on the nose--sweet as hell, enough to send me into a diabetic coma. The taste...dayyyyyyyyum. Sweet sweet sweet sweet...sugar sugar sugar. Holy crap. The cognac punches you in the face, but it’s nothing sharp. But wow...this is like eating a handful of alcoholic brown sugar. Holy crap. Actually a bit watery in the mouth, and the 17.5 is not hidden very much. Not good.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle. Poured medium-deep brown with a tall, creamy, well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up a lot of soy, licorice, and Cognac first and foremost, with more chocolatey notes beneath.. a lot of sugars, and a lot of booze going on. The flavor opened syrupy with molasses, licorice, and soy, with sweet vinous and raisiny notes around.. more Cognac toward the back, along with vanilla, peppery notes, and warmth.. lots of sugars and warmth on the finish. Heavy-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. a whole lot of sugars going on.. better than the original version, but still too sugary and aggressive.
lefossoyeur (427) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a medium brown head. Intense alcoholic nose with the cognac taking all the stage, backed by some caramel notes. Mega full body, warming, lots of roastiness in there, with a long cognac finale. Not the most drinkable beer, but taken as a digestive one, it’s great.
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Savvy1982. Pours black with an ultra thick brown head. Nose/taste of peat, ashy fire pit, smoked black malts, heavily roasted chocolate malt, cognac, oak and vanilla. Lots of ash and peat in the finish. Medium body.
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Caruso. Poured a thick full pitch black body underneath a large foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate pudding, dark chocolate, cgnac, alcohol, rubbing alcohol. Fuller bodied with average carbonation, syrupy. Flavor of cognac, dark toast, burnt malts, hint of vanilla, tobacco, chocolate pudding. Solid beer.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to crusianbeer for this treat. Poured pitch black with a red tint and a nice beige head and some lace. Aroma and flavor were super decadent with fudge, chocolate, oak, cinnamon, and cognac. The flavor also seemed to have a bit of honey cured ham as well. This is so much better than the regular version. Body was full with mild carbonation and a frothy feel to it. Big thanks to Seth for breaking this out.
robinvboyer (2875) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Of course and incredible jet black pour, with a dark mocha head. Intense dark burnt roasted malt, and coffee. Quite a bit of dark soy, and burnt wood, with quite a bit of sweet wood. Flavor is quite sweet from the cognac, with an intense nutty, burnt coffee finish. This is easily one of the most intense beers ive ever had, wild stuff.
SlovakSniper (2807) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Le liquide a une robe brune. Un petit collet de mousse se forme. Une dentelle est observée. Au nez, les parfums rôtis et chocolatés sont fortement imprégnés par l’étrange délicatesse du cognac. Les saveurs sont appréciables : la présence de l’eau-de-vie est exubérante, les fruits sont délicieux, les malts noirs appropriés. En bouche, le liquide est enveloppant avec un pétillement juste et une texture liquoreuse. La finale se fait sur des notes chocolatées qui s’enrobent d’un cognac chaud et bien parfumé. Merci Yan.
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light cognac notes with well hidden alcohol. Taste is a great mix between some tar and some sweet roasted malt with well rounded cognac finish with very subtle fusel notes. Body is full with nice creamy notes and some good carbonation with almost no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and a great improvement over the original beer which I was never a big fan of – Cognac barrel were very well used and drinkability is up there with the level of complexity in this beer.
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 375 ml
Aroma: lovely character dry softness that should exclude it self. Superior round aromas of chocolate , toasted barley and alcohol.
Appearance: dark brown going into black. Large tanned fine top, lace – all is in. 4+
Body/Flavour/Palate: Full bodied, alcohol upfront , bitter sides, hints of raisin. Bottom sweetness. Finishing with more alcohol. Well composed but aroma promised another level.