jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WARNING: THIS BEER EXPLODED ON ME - KEEP WITH CARE!!! Deep pitch black coloured body with a thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak (of course), vanilla and a crap load of burnt sugars. Full-bodied; Deep roasty flavours throughout with tons of vanilla and pitted fruits, coupled with a lot of spices including licorice and aniseed. Aftertaste is very potent with alcohol and coffee most noticeable with a bit of oak and vanilla noticeable as well. Overall, a good beer - but the exploding bottle really didn’t settle well with me. Luckily my wife and I weren’t near the bottle - just heard it blast. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased earlier in the week (on 23 June 2010) from Brown Jug in Anchorage, Alaska, sampled at home with the remnants of the broken bottle - luckily there was some, on 30 June 2010 at home in Washington. This might have exploded because the yeast and sediment really got mixed around and ’activated’ due to the long flights from Anchorage to Washington [DC], but let this be a warning to people cellaring this, as it will probably happen again!
beernbourbon (1510) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bvc a long time ago. Pour is almost black with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt; lots of dark fruity notes of fig, pomegranate, and plums; light wood; and faint bourbon. Really has some distant funky notes akin to a sour or lambic. These aromas are quite faint and only come through later, but they are present in the finish of the flavor. Also in the flavor are notes of roasted malt, light bourbon, wood, and a light dark fruitiness. I cannot really put my finger on that unique tart/ sour flavor. It is certainly present, but it is subtle and hard to ID. Body could have been fuller, but that is my only real complaint. I really liked this beer and had no trouble at all finishing a bomber by myself..
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enormous head, quintupled its volume in foam. Aroma was floral and sweet with very toasty and fruity notes. Flavor was very richly sweet and malty, with a chocolatey, velvety mouthfeel and diverting into a sharply bitter finish like straight cocoa powder. Obnoxious to pour but more delicious than expected. I think this is underrated.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Lovely looks. Utterly, completely opaque black with a magnificent, stayin, creamy, beige to ash-grey head. Impressive woody aroma, slight blackberry tartness, oak, sweetness, vanilla, lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, figs. Highish carbonation, fine very dry mouthfeel. Flavour is a little disappointing. Though it has god oaky tartness, the chocolate behind it is sadly limited, light roasted, soft viniousness. Long, lingering, oaky, light fruity tartness in the light warming finish.
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thick mocha head. Very dark. Coffee, roasted malts, floral sweetness and sugary raisin highlight the aromas. Bitter,sweet and sticky are my first taste impressions. Some chocolate but almost medicine like. Some hints of maybe bourbon in there too. Mid bodies, but way too carbonated.
Beer5000 (5774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Black with a thin, tan head. Relativly mild aroma of roasted malt, oak whisky and some acidity. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt nice balanced against acid, fruity, coffee and whisky. Dry finish. Very nice and balanced, not much acid, but this makes a fine balance.
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 Huge dark-greige/brown head over pitch-blakc beer; lacerings. Very alcoholic-coffee nose, vanilla and a serious but weird curry - even kari leaf - aroma, cilandro. Again this herbal, spicy, cilandro-like flavour over coffee stout flavours. Black chocolate, lightly smoked. Again some vanilla (and coffee -) beans. Bourbon finish. Warming up, rosemary and cypress flavours mix in. Very smooth-slick, alcoholwarming, obviously well-bodied. Very remarkable, original even, tastes - I recognise it, but cannot place it. Big thanks to Don
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a big foamy brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, wood, malt, bourbon, and spice. Taste is very chocolately to start. Has a very muted bourbon and wood taste. It blends nicely with the chocolate and spicy earthiness. Lightly roasted malt backbone. Lingering taste of smooth bourbon and spice. A big too malty, but it’s solid.
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Hefty mocha head fills the glass before slowly cratering and receding. Tangy chocolate aromas. Thin with sweet bourbon and chocolate upfront turning to hot espresso and bourbon in the lasting vanilla finish.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a black body with a yellow tan head. Malty milk chocolate and molasses tones. A mild woody oakiness with some light roasted malt and mineral. A boozy vanilla warming. Decent stout.