Ernest (6232) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, cake, coffee, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, pipe tobacco, hazelnut extract, berries, sherry.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A surprisingly nice rendition, primarily due to the rich and varied nose...this isn’t just a dumb sugar-alcohol bomb, nor is the bourbon overplayed. All kinds of enticing aromas to draw you in. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as fun to drink, since it’s about as sweet and boozy as you might expect from the 11%. It’s not as fatiguing as a vast amount of its competition, but I still could not drink very much of it. Very good stuff even though I will likely never buy it again.
gEUS (1074) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by Thomas Marshall at BBF’14. Ppurs opaque deep dark brown with no head. Intense areoma’s od dark chocolate, some wild cherries and covered with lots of vanilla. Thick body with an non-typical* high balance and creamy mouthfrrl (* for a BBA American RIS). Taste of chocolate cake and mocca cream. Love it!
kraddel (3339) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At BBF 2014 .
Pours black, nearly no head .
Smell is bourbon, vanilla , sweet .
Taste is sweet , bourbon , wood , much vanilla , dark malts , bit bitter . Very balanced , and damn good !
lightbias (107) - USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours into a stout almost black, small, khaki head. Dark chocolate, coffee, and dried cherries. Not very boozy, despite the high ABV. Great beer! Will look for it again.
dlovell2 (796) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma, with coffee, vanilla, cocoa and booze. Big roasted malt with coffee, vanilla and dark unsweetened cocoa. Finishing with oak and booziness.
Maxbier (274) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Thin brown head. Slightly boozy roasted chocolate and red wine barrel aroma. Taste is roasty red wine oaky. Finish is slight bitter dark chocolate and wine.
conway (1453) - - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark cola with no head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is heavy on the coffee. Rich thick mouthfeel. Good.
John25 (517) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bourbon coffee chocolate sweet vanilla but light. Very sugary and sweet. Smooth feel.
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jsquire (3479) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with a foamy beige head. Big rich coffee and and chocolate nose. Very smooth, oily mouthfeel. Great melted chocolate, sweetened coffee, subtle bourbon and rich dark fruit flavors. Very nice sipping beer not overpowered by the barrel.
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Opaque brown-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate, charred malt, black licorice and coffee. The finish is roasty with a lingering malty aftertaste. Solid beer all around.
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. The pour is a dark dark brown, not quite black with some ruby or garnet showing through. There is a small darker khaki head that fades down, just leaving a ring. The aroma is very strong on a barrel presence. I love the roasted malt and a beautiful dark fruit and licorice. The flavor is just as good. It's more based on the malts and dark fruits. The coffee isn't really apparent until the back end. I love the woodiness and the subtle vanilla. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, with a medium carbonation and a lingering roasty aftertaste that is part coffee, part malt, and all delicious
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