madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruceís palatial pad. Thanks to our gracious host Bruce for this one. Opaque black - brown beer with a small pale tan head. Nice dark malts and dark chocolate nose. Palate starts soft but has a light fine carbonation. Rich dark malts but not heavy on the palate. Smooth dark chocolate, somewhat Bourneville Biscuit in flavour. Light coconut and a little spicy bourbon. Finishes lightly crisp with a mild alcohol warmth.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Medium brown head with black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rye, vanilla, some cinnamon, cocoa. Taste is sweet, whiskey, cinnamon, some vanilla, light rye, alcohol burn. Sticky medium-full body.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at Churchkey. Completely black color, dark brown head that settles to an oil slick sheen. Aroma of peppermint candy wrapped in licorice, wrapped in Tootsie Roll, wrapped in peppermint, wrapped in espresso, dipped in dark chocolate and fried in cocoa. Taste is chewy cocoa covered dark cocoa and peppermint Lifesavers with absinthe and raki. Holy fucken shit fuck, Batman!!! This is good. Want more. Mashallah. Second serving has vanilla, bourbon, brandy. The gift that keeps on giving.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Poured a black color with a moderate creamy brown head that diminished slowly and produced sticky legs and little lacing. Good roasted chocolate malt, coconut and woody bourbon aroma. Copious body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Complex dark dry sweet stout flavor with a smooth vanilla bourbon woody finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex barrel stout. This is a standout beer.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bruceís in London - huge thanks to the host! Pours rich black with a slight, dark tan cream. Nose has mint, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with York peppermint patty, mild chili heat, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, moderate earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, further mint chocolate, very mild peppery heat. Lovely stuff. I am surprised by all the mint chocolate I get, but I dig it. Very drinkable and deep.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Thick, black pour with a small, creamy, brown head. The aroma is absolutely amazing. Somehow, the time spent in the rye barrel with the cacao nibs, ancho chilies, vanilla beans, and cinnamon, results in a fantastic marriage of chocolate and peanut butter Ė think Funky Buddhaís Donít Tell Reece or an imperialized Shorts ‹ber Goober Oatmeal Stout - along with some more subtle notes of rye whiskey, pouch tobacco and cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor somewhat mirrors the nose Ė chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla and coconut accompanied by a pleasant measure of alcohol warmth. Peanuty, chocolaty, vanilla finish. I wasnít in the majority, but one other person at the tasting pulled the same peanut butter aspect from this beerís aroma and flavor. Many thanks to landhoney for generously sharing this world class brew!
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour, dark brown head. Way better than the original. Tons of cinnamon, chili, chocolate and sweet vanilla booze goodness. Oh yeah
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head, brown-rimmed black beer. Cinnamon candles for X-mas, vanilla, chocolate. Short-shrpish lactic/coffee milk flavour with cacao and, of course, cinnamon and vanilla. Iím munching on a cinnamon candle from the alternative ladiesí store. Little heat from the chilies, very well-bodied, alcoholheat rather than capsicine. Tour-de-force in balance, but I donít call this a beer any longer.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Churchkey thanks to a secret tip from Travlr and no thanks to twitter, Facebook, or the tap list online. Inky opaque pour. Medium dark coffee head. Nose is cinnamon graham cracker, intense Mexican chocolate with Ancho chili, flashes of American sweet tomato paste bourbon a la fifty fifty eclipse series. Body brings out immediate silky melted dark chocolate, powerful bourbon but no white alcohol or tomato paste. The back end gives tremendous chili heat, cinnamon, dessert spices, bourbon warming. Heating, face flushing back end. Rich, well integrated. This is essentially a redux of Cigar City Hunahpu without the lemon acid and thin tea body. Very delicious and worth the hype. Very thankful to try this thanks to Gene. 4.3 level off the bat. But as it warms, Iím going to equate this experience with the best of Bourbon County Stout bottles Iíve had and make sure it gets the 4.5 it deserves. Incredible.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours oily black. No head. Nose and taste of cinnamon sticks, roast chilies, coconut, vanilla bean, roasted milk chocolate, oak and light rye whiskey. The cinnamon stands out in the nose a bit too much. In the taste, the flavors are better blended together starting off with a rich milk chocolate going into vanilla and cinnamon and finishing with the chilies and rye. The cinnamon still overpowers at times. The chilies are a bit more muted than Iíd prefer. Medium bodied.