JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Wow. This is like drinking bourbon. Pours a phenomenal black opaque with no head to speak of. There is no lacing either. The aroma can be smelled from 5 ft away...straight oak and bourbon. This beer is a powerhouse! Slams the palate of bourbon, oak, rum, raisins, charcoal, dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, leather, and cocoa dusting. The flavors are NOT by any means balanced, but they are complex as hell. The alcohol is detected with ease, and burns the throat. The mouthfeel is off a bit, but for nearly 18% ABV, it is very acceptable. DFH World wide has nothing on this beer. Whatever this beer lacks in complexity, it makes up for in pure power! This is top notch.
Alpha10 (379) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015/02/23 - Pours jet black with a creamy, tan head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is vanilla, tobacco, dark fruits, molasses, roasted malt and booze. Taste starts sweet with cocoa, molasses and dark fruits, transitions to toasted, tobacco, smokey notes and finishes bitter and boozy. Finish becomes sweeter as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with low to average carbonation and a dry, warming finish. Glad I tried this one. The finish was a little harsher than I had expected and I would like to see if this mellows with age.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tennisjoel (1184) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I usually scroll past this beer, but the price was lowered (close out beer) to $13. Strong aroma of dried fruit, molasses, tobacco. Flavor of rum, vanilla, dried fruit sweetness (think raisin), green pepper, a little soy though not as much as I was expecting. Quite complex and the sweetness does cut some off some of the alcohol bite. Certainly a sipper and warming as it goes down. A little rough on the palate. But I do feel some enjoyment. I was expecting something similar to triple bock, but I think this is better. Probably won’t be buying any more, but glad to try this once.
Beerconnaiseur (149) - BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coffee bomb aroma, espresso, malts’ promising. Mouthfeel has a very sharp bitter hop finish which is too prevalent and even overwhelming. The older batches were more balanced. A true let down.
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015-02-06. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma is boozy, modest roast with a tangy almost savoury quality to it. Flavour is fairly bitter, dry and roasty, light fruit lingering bitterness and warming alcohol. Tangy savoury fruit meets soy sauce notes. Touches of chocolate fruit. Average plus to medium bodied palate, light carbonation. Decent but disappointing. Bottle from the LCBO shared by mds.
MikaLukanainen (70) - POLAND - FEB 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a nice tan head that surprisingly fades really quickly. The aroma is, in fact, a bit disappointing. Some chocolate, some coffee, a hint of pleasant alcohol. As it gets warmer it intensifies but mostly on the alcoholic side. The taste, however, is a completely different story. First a really strong punch of chocolate spreads on the palate, then comes the bitterness mixed with roasted notes, chocolate, coffee. The aftertaste is coffe, coffe, coffe. Alcohol is present, but in a very good way. It is not the complexity that makes the beer unique as the beer is not complex at all. It is the level of flavours that will not make you forget it. Were the aroma better...
fellebag (995) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle. Brown head, dark brown color. Aroma is coffee, leather, old berries, barn, smoked ham. Taste is very sweet. Of cakes, liqueur, cherries.
martjoobolut (1108) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,375L bottle (from bierkompass.de). Pours black with light brown head. The head stays. Aroma is roast, some sourness, berries, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, roast, malt, alcohol, licorice, and berries. Finish is long roast bitter. Overall: good, but too boozy. The alcohol isn’t the nasty kind, but some 15-16% ABV brews cover alcohol a lot better, so there is no excuse for this.
Bacterial (1826) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappist in Pasadena. Thick oily black pour with a slight tan head. Massive malt sweetness, ridiculous how little booze is present. Fun to sip but it would be rough having an entire bottle of this!
suurjuust (1361) - ESTONIA - FEB 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer, small to medium tan head. Nose is a ton of malt, roast, and a whole lot of booze. Flavor has a berry character to it, somehow, among all the roast, booze and malt. Some hop notes in there. Not easy to drink, was a bit harsh. Probably would age into something very special. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!
fbaeumle (3) - Corupa, BRAZIL - FEB 1, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding IRS. A lot of hops and roasted malts!!!!!!! Highly recommended!!!!