j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’ for a tasting with Ferris and Kraddel. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Sweet paper and chocolate cherries. Medium bodied, sweet cherry, large amounts of roast and chocolate. Lingering cocoa and bitterness on the finish.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Thanks, Mike. Pitch black, dark as hell with a fine-bubbled, burnt-tan foam that slowly rises up to a few millimeters before quickly sifting away into nothing. Huge barrel aroma; oak, vanilla, bourbon, underlined with thick brown sugar, molasses, cocoa beans... Raspberry is subdued at first, but emerges with some warmth... & it is lovely. Jammy sweet, puréed undertones coupled with a moderate honey sweetness. Blended so nicely with the barrel, not artificial at all. Chocolate covered raspberries dipped in bourbon. Flavor is equally as impressive. Molasses, raspberry jam, bourbon soaked wood, vanilla, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, figs, even a touch of maple syrup. Great balance of sweet, tart, roast, & heat from start to finish. Big, thick mouth feel. An absolute pleasure. Maybe not as good as BC Bramble, but pretty damn incredible.
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of raspberry, caramel, coffee, malts, very fruity. Sweet flavour, fruity sour notes, caramel, raspberry, malts and coffee. Elegant body. Finish caramel, coffee, roasted malts, cacao. Enjoyable, complex brew.
(from 66cL bottle @ Kamiel’s place. Thanks for sharing!)
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Bomber: Vintage 2013: Shared with Iluvatarmilan and Martinus in a Chouffe glass:
Pitch black with a brown lacing.
Aromas of wood, oak, honey, red fruit, hair, sweet coal, roast, vinous, light mocha... Very nice!
Flavour is a vinous mix of red fruit, bitters, roast, honey, oak, malt roast, light earthy, wood roast, light vanilla...
Aftertaste is a mix of red fruit, oak, bourbon, honey, bitters, malt roast...
Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
Complex, even a bit easy bit very delicious!
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma brings out loads of raspberries upfront, with light chocolate and roast in back. Flavour is much more roasty than the nose suggests, with roasted malt, raspberries and low-to-medium sweetness. Very fruity and finishing medium roasty. Very nice stuff.
RobertDale (5260) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, raspberry, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, tart raspberry, and bourbon. Very nice. Raspberry taste does not dominate.
vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Dark roasted sweet aromas. Flavors are dark and sweet, drinkable but solid.
Ferris (12130) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Lots of wood notes, bourbon and dark roast. Deep jet brown with a decent light brown head. Chocolate and raspberry, bourbon with light roasty notes. Cocoa notes and raspberry prevail.
kraddel (5856) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours black, small grey head . Smell is sweet, raspberries , dark malts . Smell is bitter , raspberries . roasted malts . Intense , very mixed . Nothing really has the upperhand . I love it !
tillmac62 (676) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOD 11/4/14. Pours black as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.
Nice nose of bourbon over bittersweet chocolate.
Light medium body with a very smooth texture that approaches slick. Light carbonation, which is normal for barrel aging, with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is intense, complex and somewhat balanced. Bourbon and alcohol dominate, but do allow the complexity to come forward. It begins with a slightly sweet blend of flavors that slowly separate beneath the bourbon. Tart raspberries lead, then flow into a light honey sweetness that yields to rich chocolate. In the middle, a slight bitterness emerges, that has an astringent alcohol bite, with a touch of roast, vanilla and oak over a rich honey sweetness - here is where honey is most evident. The finish gives that alcohol burn at the back of the throat coupled with a fading taste of bourbon and honey/chocolate sweetness over notes of grain alcohol.