ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark cola color that isn’t entirely opaque. The mocha-colored head is nice and creamy, and about two fingers high. It fades down to about a half finger after a while, and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass.
S: Wow, this is sweet. There isn’t much bourbon on the nose...but there is a solid oak presence, giving off very strong vanilla notes. Beneath the vanilla are strong chocolate and molasses tones. Aromatically, it strikes me as an enjoyable-yet-straightforward dessert beer.
T: There is a bourbon presence here, but it’s pretty basic...the vanilla notes are massively bold yet they lack the additional subtleties of a BCBS or Parabola to make them stand out. I also notice touches of chocolate; otherwise, this is more or less a vanilla/tannin bomb. Even a single 12 oz bottle can become wearisome to drink.
M: Quite sweet, yet with a drying, tannic finish. I’d actually reckon it’s a bit too tannic on the back end, verging into mild harshness. I could also use a bit more body to properly support how syrupy the texture is.
O: It’s not undrinkable, however its sweetness is way too fatiguing. Even worse, the beer itself seems designed to showcase the barrel notes, but they’re far too basic to really succeed at that, either. For about 6 oz, I thought this was pretty good; for the other 6 oz, I couldn’t wait for it to end. So, if you’re gonna try it, make sure you split it with a friend, and don’t expect BCBS.
tightslice (773) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beltramo’s in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is marshmallows, chocolate cereal, vanilla extract. Taste is creamy and mellow vanilla, chocolate with some nice warming bourbon on the finish.
bierkoning (11941) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 Bottle, thanks PotjeBier! Black colored. Malt, soft roast and abundant bourbon and vanilla in the aroma. Malty sweet alcoholic flavor with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Creamy, warming, Nice.
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Artistic Table. It pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma has some anise, licorice and cola. The flavor is sweet with cola, vanilla, anise and coffee. A little wood. The body is a little weak for such a big beer. Decent, but not great. A little too sweet, simple and lifeless.
growler6 (113) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I get brandy aromas more so than bourbon with chocolate, vanilla and a little dried fruit. Has some similarities to a Dubbel minus the carbonation.
Not a monster but enjoyable.
ansalon (2663) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium foamy mocha head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, muscovado sugar, roasted , roasted nuts. Taste is sweet and roasted with barrel notes and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety and full bodied with low carbonation. Very good!
Andrew196 (1290) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate milky booze aroma with notes of mint, dark brown, amber edges. Lots of dark roast and wood on the tongue along with sweet chocolate milk, pretty full, heavy at first but sharp on the finish. Good beer.
Lefty431 (7) - - APR 19, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very good. Dark beer. Very rich and heavy. Good if your looking for a comforting drink to have and plan not to do ANYTHING after you have had one.
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zubblwump (22) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m no beer rating expert, but I do know what I like...and I really like this beer. It pours dark, almost black., Aroma is strong...very pleasant. It’s buttery smooth, very tasty and "feels" warm, even when cold. There is almost no bitterness. Sitting here now drinking this beer again, it’s even better than I remembered.
phillybass (96) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It's syrup. But it's really tasty syrup that will get you drunk. Doesn't seem like 11 percent.
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yourilevesque (1108) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Merci à Marc-André pour le partage! Une bière presque noire présentant un mince filme huileux en guise de mousse. Arômes laiteuse qui présentent des notes presque aigres d’un vieillissement prolongé en barrique. Le liquide est un réel milk stout impérial sans être véritablement rond. Bel équilibre du sucre lacté et de la barrique. Le bourbon me paraît également bien balancé dans cet ensemble à la buvabilité exceptionnelle que je me suis envoyé en trois gorgées!