argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Brown-black body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, Bourbon, some oak, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, raisin, faint anise. Medium-full body.
FatPhil (12725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2011)
6- A tough battle between the vanilla aroma, and the heavy sticky sugariness that emanates from the top of the surface. I think I know how this is going to taste.
4- Well, you canít fault that nice dark copper hue, but it was as flat as a pancake, and so glassy you can call that a pancake with syrup on.
6 Vanilla/bourbon-dominated flavours make this a uni-directional sipper. If you donít like the vanilla or you donít like raw sugar, youíre not going to like this. I can put up with it when itís clearly a sipper.
4- With all the sugars, itís soft and smooth, but yes, clearly slick and sticky too. Clearly very strong, but the sugar/alcohol combination prevents it from actually burning, itís actually not a bad liqueur. Finish does have some coffee notes, so definitely would work well as an after-dinner liqueur.
12 Of course, this is basically instant diabetes in a glass, but in the right context, itís quite drinkable. Which probably makes it unique as the only even vaguely drinkable thing from Port/Lost Abbey, who are the most over-rated bunch of slop-merchants on either side of the atlantic.
Ratman197 (12556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml corked and caged bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, esspresso, carmel, milk chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied smooth and slightly warming. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, lighnt oak, dark chocolate, mocha and a hint of dark fruit with a smooth lightly warming lingering semi sweet finish.
This Beer really rocks!!!
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 (Bottle, courtesy of Walt) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of oak barrel, strong bourbon, dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and oak.
Christian (12301) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 2011 re-rate. Black with a small tan head. Lots of licorice in the aroma, with chocolate, toffee, soy sauce and a touch of coconut and bourbon. Sweetish licorice and bourbon dominated flavour
Benzai (12187) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 375cl 2009 Vintage bottle @ Euston Tap, London, shared with MesandSim. Pitch black, opaque color, small beige head. Smell rum, roastyness, coffee, lightly burned, slightly smokey notes and some dark chocolate. Taste wood, alcohol, dark chocolate, roastyness and slightly coffee. Very round taste, perfect balance. Oily texture, alcohol soft but present. Medium carbonation, medium to full body; suits the beer perfectly. Absolutely love this!
mcberko (11883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle, pours dark brown / black with a medium beige head. Aroma of rich bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark cocoa, peat and alcohol. Flavour reveals the dark cocoa, bourbon and oak upfront, with a smoky/peaty and alcoholic finish. Exceptionally well-crafted.
bierkoning (11870) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle from TheEpeiist, thanks! Almost pitch black. Creamy aroma with dark chocolate, cacao and licorice. Salty, creamy flavor with milk chocolate, licorice, dired fruit. Some alcohol. Just a hint of oak, nothing more. Full bodied, malty, creamy and really delicious!
jcwattsrugger (11855) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7oz bottle-pours a retaining thin brown head with good retention for alcohol and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/some chocolate, sharp-acidic, wood-bourbon, tar, some dark fruit. Smells awesome but occasional for my preference. Taste is first carbonation on the tongue with a hops bite, then dark malt-licorice/some chocolate/coffee, sharp-acidic, wood-bourbon, tar, some dark fruit. Occasional, but nice.
thewolf (11841) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. <b>[thank you, after4ever]</b>
Pours almost black with red edges. A small fizzy off-white head that soon disappears. Great, full aroma. Tobacco, caramel, wood, roasted malts, red whine, port, raisins. Some slight cherries as well. Really complex and wonderful. Medium carbonation with very small bubbles - fine oily mouthfeel. Flavour is truly stunning. A hideous amount of chocolate, well-balanced viniousness. Raisins, slight tartness from wood. The tobacco notes are still there with roasted malts mixed in as well. Extremely long aftertaste. This is insanely drinkable despite the high ABV. It is truly a great brew (sad it can’t hold a head). Thanks, Tom!