HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Quite underwhelming, given my expectations coming in. A bit of an unpleasant fishiness in the nose, and too cigarette ashy. The taste is an improvement but still not wholly separable from those negative elements; chocolate, a vague notion of cognac, a touch on the sweet side. I liked this a lot less than the other BGBW varieties I’ve tried.
Lectvay (112) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle I picked up in 2012. Dark, dark, dark brown, minimal head. Aroma somewhat subdued, considering. Taste is explosive, sweet, dark, chocolate, and intense but not roasty coffee, vanilla and marshmallow, a sort of chocolate milk creaminess. Really smooth, barely any burning.
maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cognac right up the nose immediately, along with serious dark roast and a lot of fumes. Dark as can be, dark brown head, no lace. Barrel is so strong, then some smooth chocolate emerges, but then barrel kicks in again. Boozy with the cognac, soy sauce. Major alc. warmth. Thick, dripping sticky body. Wow! Extremely rich stuff. The extra dimension from the barrel aging is very nice. But the regular version of this beer is tastier and more of an imperial stout experience.
KyotoLefty (6172) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Maekchu for my 6000th rate. Black with lace. Nose of cognac, soy sauce, smoke, grapes. Lots of umami, cognac and woody barrel. Flavor is grapes and cognac, oysters, something a bit fishy, coffee, salt. Lots of grapes / raisins, and a touch of licorice. Very nice, though I like the regular better.
Gerbeer (1675) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small bottle. Pours black with full tan head. Aromas and flavors are similar to the base brunch but with more sharp alcohol in smell and taste. Still an excellent beer but not as notable as the base brunch or other BA versions.
VsXsV (2171) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, perfume, wood, raw sugar, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel and light booze. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of vanilla, chocolate, wood and dried fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation. Extremely viscous. Great beer.
Geokkjer (5564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, some soy sauce, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some coffee, congac, wood, warming alcohol and chocolate. Full body, soft carbonation.
TheHognof (3) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose: cognac, sweet toffee, cognac, wee bit of roast, cognac
Pour: very dark brown, no head, mocha lacing
Mouthfeel: very light carbonation, full bodied
Palate: Jesus, this is outstandingly more-ish! First up, cognac sweetness followed by a lovely chocolate and oat mix finished with slight booziness in the throat. On further mouthfuls roastiness makes itself apparent.
Overall, a dark beer as smooth as its cognac counterpart, being tasty with low carbonation means this goes down ridiculously well for 10.9%
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown black with tan head. Nose is heavy cacao, coffee, dark roasty malt. Tastes intense, very thick and rich, with heavy cacao, coffee, dark malt, figgy raisiny fruit, Finishes complex, intense, and delicious.
Crompt (109) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another Greek brunch from krompt, that weasel. He tried too convince me it wasn’t that good and the standard brunch weasel was better. He is a liar, don’t trust him. I’ve never had cognac but this makes me very interested in trying it because it works well for this beer.
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black with a small light brown ring of head. Aroma is cognac, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, licorice and a touch of soy sauce. Flavour is cognac, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, mild alcohol and a nice velvety mouth feel.