BMMillsy (1659) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trade, 2014 batch with black wax. Pours incredibly black, inky, viscous, and ends up with a finger and a half of dark brown head, creamy looking, too. Incredible aroma of sweet chocolate and cinnamon, spicy rye whiskey, very very faint peppers, vanilla, roasted marshmallows. It's like cinnamon s'mores with whiskey, though the whiskey supports rather than overpowers the smell. Flavor follows with awesome cocoa powder and cinnamon, vanilla whiskey notes, ever so slight spice and warmth that lingers from a combination of the peppers and the alcohol. Thick and viscous, though not syrupy, low carbonation but enough bubbles to keep things thick, and very rich with a slightly roasty dry finish. I was expecting more whiskey on this one, but it melds into the beer so well. Seems very much worth the hype here. Incredible beer, though still takes a back seat to DB Huna for me.
umich03jm (2577) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to northernbrews for sharing. Pitch black pour with very little head. Aroma is strong cinnamon cookies, chocolate fudge, cookie dough and a hint of whiskey. Cinnamon and whiskey take over the taste with some cookie dough ice cream, chocolate, and light chili pepper as well. Medium body but the mouthfeel is not as smooth as it should be. Awesome stuff even with the slightly rough mouthfeel.
Iphonephan (4123) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Snallygaster 2014 in D.C. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavors of cloves, oak and whiskey. Boozy finish.
solidfunk (5010) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazingly balanced. Comes together excellently. Great integration of barrel. Lost of musky roast in here with some smoke, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Pours black with great mocha head and lacing. Bitter finish. Wonderful stuff. Balance is incredible and it certainly has that extra zing of originality. Had a taste of this at Snallygaster thanks to Noodleuser I think who saved a little from the sell-out ruch.
radagast83 (5493) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Snallygaster 2014. Thanks to noodleuser! Poured a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was dark, bitter, roasted malts, some barrel character. Flavor was extremely dark chocolate notes , some humidor notes, cedar almost? interesting. intense.
Westchesterco (1252) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the snallygaster in dc it is a dark brown color with an ecrue head. The aroma is bourbon and cinnamon raisin toast. The taste is luscious dark Godiva chocolate. Yummy
suprchunk (2534) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Big bourbon aroma. Taste is big chocolate. Little pepper.
PeteyPie (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle shared with the Savages.
Aroma: Wonderful dark chocolate with a little cinnamon and chili heat.
Appearance: So dark. So very dark. Very little head/retention.
Taste: Wow. This is like drinking dark chocolate, with a light cinnamon burn and chili pepper heat at the finish. A little whiskey on the back end as well, not nearly as assertive as I expected.
Palate: Very light carbonation, big, heavy body, but easy to drink for the size and minimal alcohol noticeable.
Overall: I normally am not a fan of barrel-aged beers, but this was absolutely incredible. So delicious.
Dr_Fellini (778) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, slight mint. Flavor is delicious cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, roasted goodness. Medium to heavy body with a creamy full mouthfeel. Absolutely wonderful beer.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 8/2/14 with the Savages from a 750mL bottle, huge thanks to peteypie for sharing this one! Pours completely black with a thin brown head that slowly recedes, leaving a thin collar. The nose is really quite amazing with tons of cinnamon, coconut, dark chocolate, coffee, sweeter milk chocolate, and just a touch of chili pepper burn on the nostrils. The flavor is more focused on the bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon, with all of the coconut and vanilla oak notes underlying, and some chili pepper heat starting to peak through on the back of the palate. The body is full with just a bit more carbonation than I like on a beer this big, and a long bitter dark chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and chili pepper heat finish.