jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle, motor oil thick with thin ring of bubbly tan brown head. Aroma of big barrel notes over hints of spice and roast. Taste follows, chilies are subdued a bit by the barrel, big sweetness all over it, not sure the vanilla beans were necessary for the barrel version. Thick and viscous, a bit of warming booze, but not too bad. A really solid barrel aged stout.
jmgreenuk (6955) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the End of an Era tasting at ABC Beers, Den Haag. Poured an oily dark brown with little life. The aroma is sweet malt, coconut, cinnamon, dark chocolate. The flavour is moderate to strong sweet with a rich malt, molasses, alcohol bitter, coffee, light vanilla, spicy chocolate palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.
deanso (8072) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber shared at an adhoc THT tasting.
No head or carbonation. lear black pour. Vanilla spiciness and chocolate. Very good
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This barrel aged example is one of the best stouts made today. The aroma smells like chocolate, chili and cinnamon. It has a dark appearance but not as black as many of the stouts. The taste is quite amazing with hints of the chillis, the cacao nibs, vanilla with that slightly spicy aftertaste. The Rye barrels fit it perfectly and the 11% is disguised quite well. Look forward to trying again soon. Cheers!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black and completely opaque without even a trace of lighter color. Half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but has poor retention. Foam head fades and there’s not much in the way of lacing.
The nose on this beer is really incredible. Excellent barrel character that doesn’t completely overpower the complex malt bill of the base. Perfectly integrated. A touch of damp oak and subtle toothpick but not too strong of a wood flavor. Really nice spirit with spicy whiskey/boozy bourbon flavor. Barrel also gives off a lot of vanilla bean, toasted coconut and gooey marshmallow. Underneath, there is a very nice blend of roasted and sweet, desert-like malts. Subtle roast but not overpowering with some coffee bean, burnt toast, smoke, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. This is countered by silky chocolate-like sweetness, caramel, milk chocolate, lactic cream, fudge and molasses. This beer smells crazy good.
Full body with oily viscosity and a blast of boozy heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and complex malts into a dry, hot finish. Lots of alcohol flavor and the ABV isnt very well masked. spicy rye whiskey along with dry oak/toothpick. Barrel isn’t as complex as in the nose. Spirit is really strong and it has a stronger wood flavor than I prefer. Some subtle vanilla/coconut sweetness. Malts flavors are still lingering underneath but they are blasted and overwhelmed by the heat/whiskey. Stronger roasted malt presence than expected with burnt sugary sweetness. Deeply roasted robust espresso/coffee flavor along with smoke, burnt wood, charred toast and bitter dark cocoa. As the palate adjusts the sweet fudge/baker’s chocolate notes start to show. Pretty good but isn’t as complex as expected. The chile spiciness and cinnamon show up after it warms but the palate needs to adjust to the overwhelming whiskey and heat. Smells great but it’s really hot and boozy and the malt bill is overly charred/roasted. Decent but kind of underwhelming considering the fanfare.
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Going from memory of a bottle share. Lots of cinnamon came through. Loads of barrel character from the rye and most of the other spices were faint.
baggio (333) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@gothenburg-tasting. Thanks to blomster for sharing!
Apperance: Dark brown with a vicious, brown, head.
Aroma: Spices, Chocolate, Malt,.
Taste: Cinnamon, Chili, Chocolate, Vanilla mm. Yummy!
Palate: Supersmooth with a little kick from the spices.
Like a delicious dessert. One of the best beers to cross my path!
ShivanDragon (3006) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
tijdens @Borefts 2015 kwam deze fles voorbij, direct even meegepakt, bedankt aan de persoon die het flesje wou delen
zwart met plakkerige bruine kraag. aroma van zoetigheid, vanille, fruit, chocolade, licht BA karakter. Smaken zijn erg zoet. vanille, dik en stevig, volle body, mooi spul man !... hier wil ik wel een gehele fles van hebben...
MarcoDL (3692) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Borefts 2015. Some kind stranger gave us a sip. Rich aroma of vanilla, red fruit and cacao. Extremely rich and full taste of chocolate, vanilla, mild red fruit and a little spice. Divine beer.
Abijen (2379) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pik zwart met een mooie bruine kraag. Ruikt zoet, overrijp fruit, kruidig. Smaakt ook zo. Erg lekker.