BMan1113VR (7881) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (batch 462 with a bb of 191014). Pours with a huge, deep brown iodine like head with a black body. Great retention. Aromas are of fudge, vinous, chocolate, ash, raisins, bourbon, vanilla, cotton candy, char, caramel, bready, currants. Flavors are of char and ash. Iodine, bitter, brown sugar, roasty, light barrel. Dry, molasses. Thick bodied, low carbonation, warming. Some coffee in the finish. Overall: oppressive. Over done roast character.
martjoobolut (1054) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33L bottle (from bierkompass.de), BB 23.05.24. Pours dark brown-black with light brown head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is intense dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, malt. Flavor is very sweet, dark chocolate, bourbon, ash, salt. Overall: good brew. I really enjoyed the aroma, but flavor was major let down.
suurjuust (1298) - ESTONIA - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer, small tan head. Nose is bourbon, roast, stale coffee notes and the whole thing just does not mesh. Flavor is way better, the bourbon dominates, way less coffee, warming booze, chocolate, some vanilla and citric tones, candy sweetness. Like eating chocolate with oranges. Niiice.
FatPhil (9748) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle @Martjoobolut - congrats!
Aroma’s all over the place. Stale, and coconut = NOOOOO! Taste is the opposite, it all gels well. Beautiful mellow roast, slight hint of chocolate cake. Black, almost no head. Bourbon works so well with this type of beer, sweetness of the vanilla adds to the sweet mellowness. From the aroma, I thought I would be the lowest rating, but no, this is lovely. BA done well. -ish.
rouhlas (424) - GREECE - JAN 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle courtesy of mixos. Black color with brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, coffee, spicy, dark fruits, wood. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma with some vanilla. Full body almost creamy with soft carbonation.
skullgeorge (57) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged Bottle (2009) thanks to Mixos ! Pours deep dark, black with a thin brown head that leaves very quick. Amazing aromas of Bourdon, coffee, dark fruits, chocolate and wood. Taste is also wonderful with bourbon and coffee conquers your tongue, chocolate and wood, liquorice, full body with low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste that last long and very dry mouthfeel... Amazing beer !!
djd07 (3982) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a very dark brown with no head. The aroma is strong smoke and roast, wood, booze. Thin mouthfeel with strong smoke, booze, chocolate, wood, nice.
charule (1340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to AntonFred. Poured black with tan head. Aroma pretty boozy alcohol bourbon licorice choc. Light carb med. Sweet dry boozy roasted malt taste. Held up well for a five year bottle.
artmcd8 (1855) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to charule. Pours a blackish brown with a medium brown head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, booze. Taste is sweet but also hot. This beer isn't overly hot but it is over 5 years old so it's a bit hot for the age. Just a bit abrasive at the end.
teorn88 (3274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. Bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet with notes of bourbon, wood, roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso toffee. Taste is sweet with notes of roasted malts, bourbon, licorice, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, very tasty
gEUS (1283) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, latest batch (with the yellow-orangy labels, clearly a Keith Shore design. Pours opaque intense dark brown with a dark brown amber hue. Tiny to no head, dark beige. Huge yet subtle vanilla nose, coffee grind, intense dark chocolate. Medium to big body, sweet, roast, tad of alcohol in the finish, but very gentle and balanced overall. Impressive roast and burnt caramel in the taste. One of the better versions ever tasted.