banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - APR 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark, oily, almost lumpy. Aroma of roasted coffee, coco and mild oak. Powerful taste of coffee, dark chocolate, wood, and some calvados - taste lasts forever. Great stuff.
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Triple Rock Sour Sunday, Triple Rock, Berkeley, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma with nice hints of calvados. Roasted malty bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with woody calvados hints. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish with calvados hints.
jbeatty (1171) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 03/24/2013. Pours dark brown, nearly black, medium creamy dark tan head, settles in a few minutes, fine lacing rings the glass. Aroma is round, rich coffee and chocolate with smooth roast background, very dark, raisin and sweeter fruity barrel notes. Taste begins with fruity calvados notes, boozy apple highlights coming in, then changes completely, expanding to intense char roast, espresso grounds, cacao nuts and dark chocolate, long bitter finish. Thick, creamy palate. Wow, nice and quite complex.
JStax (3532) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from an 8.5 ounce bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown to black with a thin khaki colored head of foam. Decent retention. The aroma has some wood, coffee, roasty malt, maybe some vanilla bean influence. Almost a cinnamon spiced apple. Taste is a lot more wood and barrel heat than the original version. The original wasn’t barreled either, though. I get the spicy apple notes from the calvados, but still get a nice leathery, roasty coffee presence throughout, it’s just a lot more subdued than what the original had to offer. You really have to concentrate to get the barrel notes in the aroma, but in the taste, they’re front and center. Nice beer and variant, but I believe I prefer the original version.
Plovmand (6836) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. It pours jet black with a creamy steady mokka coloured head. The aroma is coffee, sweet roasted malt, oak, dark fruit, light tar and chocolate. The flavour is a great mix of roasted malt, calvados, oak, coffee and liquorice. The calvados barrel takes some of the complexity from the original beer which is not to the better and I still like the original better than any of the barreled versions. This is great though.
pablothirteen (38) - - MAR 12, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Goes down way stronger than 11% #BeerSnob
Patrickctenchi (4570) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours purple-black with a ring of dark brown.
Scent is licorice, molasses, apple, chocolate , wood....bitter coffee.
Flavour is heavily coffee/chocolate....strong booze at the start, dark cherry...burned and bitter....smooth and milky...
A very different vibe to this....but, considering the journey some of the ingredients had to make, I guess that’s not so.....odd.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with very small brown head. Super rich aroma - almost like figs and brandy. Taste explodes in your mouth - bourbon, coffee, molasses, anise. One of the most flavor packed and complex beers I've ever had. Nice heavy body - finishes incredibly smooth.
ansalon (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black. Nose is quite boozy with loads of espresso, liquor, molasses and vanilla. Taste is very concentrated with explosions of newly ground coffee, sugar, spirits and chocolate. Not that balanced, but very nice!
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Tmoney99 (11678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.