DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Sampled from bottle at Pre-DLD! April 2008. Oh, yes. Very black and oily. Nose shows some nice fruits that in the wrong hands could make it taste like cough syrup, but not here. Instead, some nice plums and currants. A little roastiness that tends it toward a stout. A great warmer of a beer.
Additional sample, Sept. 2010. With a few more non-beer geeks around trying this evil looking black tar, I got more interesting comments. Godiva Chocolate of Liqueur. Red Wine. Even Jaegermeister. Prunes. Just goes to show, it’s very complex, eh?
flatearthman (3) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I consider this a Barleywine. May also call this a Strong Ale. Black as night with a tan creamy head. Oakie bourbon subtle sweet nose. Front pallet has smooth palate with a sweet malt with molasses taste and a bittersweet back pallet that warms the throat.
X (160) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Blackish pour. Strong aroma of raisins, dates, vanilla, anise and whiskey. Taste is similar to the nose. Palate is full. Finishes long and satisfying. Decent. Paired well with some aged Scottish cheddar cheese.
ElDesmadre (2507) - Mikołów, POLAND - NOV 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick layer of malt, vanilla and coffee. Full body, slick mouthfeel. Estery, giving way to subtle booze, with some licorice in the finish. Light woody notes throughout. Excellent.
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/11/2009 11:11:22 AM Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark brown body with tan head. Nice malty nose with caramel and plenty of bourbon. Taste of caramel, whisky, malts and bourbon. Really nice and thick. Syrupy. Nice one.
mikeyo1 (486) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ home. Aged 4 years. Dark brown with no head at all. Sweet and perfectly vinous aroma with chocolate, raisins, dates, bourbon vanilla & oak. Backing cocoa, leather and licorice, warming alcohol. Thick, sweet and big bodied palate with no carbonation. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, scorched sugar, toffee, licorice, dates, oak, vanilla and figs. Warming, well integrated alcohol in mid taste. Nice quite dry finish with coffee like bitterness and lingering licorice, nuts, leather and dried dark fruits. A little astringent banana peel feeling (but no taste of banana) in the aftertaste coupled with alcohol and hints of butterscotch.
martjoobolut (1905) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is intense dark chocolate, fruits, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, tar. Flavor is intense sweetness, dark chocolate, roast, Bourbon, malt, soy. Finish is dark chocolate bitter with alcohol burn and lingering sweetness. Overall: great brew.
suurjuust (2039) - ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks. Pitch black beer, small brown head. Nose is vanilla, roast, tar, soy sauce, bourbon, oak. Flavor is smooth roast, oak, soy sauce, vanilla, bourbon. Finishes with soy, roast, booze and bourbon, peat. The finish is really close to drinking actual bourbon and/or scotch because of the alcohol, vanilla and peat. Still, a nice sipper.
Lambister (348) - FINLAND - SEP 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, thanks to k0mpsa. Deep dark brown color with slight white head. Really rich nose with loads of aromas like dirt and spices. Tight rich dry palate. Lenghty finish with loads of flavour.
k0mpsa (1916) - Tuusula, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Nice aroma has vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, very balanced. Coffee, roasty, lot of chocolate, vanilla notes.
Bierridder_S (405) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22/08/2015 – sample (bottle) @ Gents Bierfestival shared with JorisPPattyn, Sebletitje, 77ships & PriorL
Black colour, no head.Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, some caramel. Oily, smooth.