ACHops (642) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Bambinos. Pours thick opaque black with super thin mocha head to dissipates quickly. Aroma is boozy brandy, port, and just a bit of the roasty malts that I recognize from the standard version of this beer. Taste is heavy thick dark malts with a big boozy brandy and bourbon finish. Port doesn’t skimp on the barrel aging, the 10% abv is almost certainly modest.
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Keg ][ Churchills San Marcos ][ 5oz ][ Mini Flute ][ $2-3 ][ 3/12/14 ]
>> Pours inkier black with red highlights. Thin, wispy coffee foam. Nose brings out rich vanilla extract, buttery barrel, fudge. Rich chocolate mousse flavor that really nails it...not too boozy, not tannic, not papery. Decadent, spicy and warming alcohol. Rich palate- not sweet or papery. More oily, slick. Just sublime. Really loved.
cards04 (1609) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Aromas are vinous and brandy. Flavors are tangy and Bourbon.. Nice vanilla too. A great beer.
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle tnx to Kaj. Pours pitch black with a small tanned.head. Aroma is roasted malty sweet hoppy bitter as.is the fkavor. Good dry bitter finish
mcberko (5941) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap a O’Brien’s, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma brings out loads of brandy barrels, harsh roasted malts, and alcohol. Flavour brings out shitloads of brandy barrels, alcohol, and roasted malt. Extremely potent and barrel-heavy. Very boozy but very enjoyable at the same time. Good stuff.
JohnnyJ (4225) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Lost Abbey Christmas in July. Dark black pour, brown head. Very dense and chewy. Roasted malt, molasses, milk chocolate, rich brandy, wood, vanilla, raisin, and even some noticeable hoppiness. Great sipper, silky smooth mouthfeel. Tasty.
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Brouwers... Poured pitch black with a thin forming head at the top of the snifter. This was quite sweet with boozy brandy tones and barrel characters. The sweetness and alcohol heat rounded out the roast and was sweet mostly through created a delectable sipper here. Dark chocolate and caramel sweetness with cookie dough and dessert-like tones.
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2012. Black body with tan head. Big brandy, tobacco, ash, dark chocolate aromas. medium body. Deep ash, dark roast flavors with boozy brandy, dark chocolate--heavy handed but still good
brokensail (10605) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Ale 2012. Black in color with a small khaki head. Nose is heavy on the brandy, but also a really great roasted malt, chocolate, and cocoa note. Some marshmallow, vanilla, graham cracker, and a hint of coffee. Really nice graham cracker sweetness to the flavor. Excellent brandy, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla, too. Some coffee, a bit of cocoa powder, and a bit of toasted marshmallow.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ PP Carlsbad Strong Ale. Last year the standout for me was Serpent’s with cocoa nibs and coffee; this year it’s brandy santa’s. Black pour with a slick of dark tan foam. Aroma is dense, layered brandy with light chocolate, underlying roast, and coffee. Taste is an intense melange of sweet, decadent brandy, roasted chocolate, slight hop bitterness, and lingering alcohol. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Insane. Bottle this beer now!!