Crispy34 (465) - Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 draft. Aroma is vanilla and wood. Appearance is back with a creamy, tan head. Taste is vanilla that turns to the dark malt mixed with booze and the wood. Palate is dry from the barrels and the booze. Overall, a well done beer. Would have liked to try fresh to see how hot it was, but it is very well blended now.
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KyotoLefty (7553) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose of vanilla, coffee, tart, bretty aspect, some grapefruit. Quite bretty at first, with a sour edge, though that diminished as it opened up, being taken over by the Vanilla. It was far from unpleasant, though I am not sure it was intentional. Dark brown, with lace. Dry and crisp.
Atom (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with a large light tan head. Sweet fruity aroma with Chocolate and hints of vanilla. Taste of smooth medicinal vanilla, alcohol, and chocolate. Not by favorite of the Noirs.
Johnsense (997) - - JAN 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark pour, small had, low carbonation. Vanilla and coffee in the aroma but also a heavy funk note that im not sure was intentional. Vanilla is present but again this bottle is heavy on the oak and quite funky.... If you told me it was a dark sour id agree, but im not certain that was the brewers intention or what other bottles have been either.
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Beerenberger. Aroma of chicken coup. Taste is a little chicken feather and Greece. Vanilla is there, but not well integrated with coffee.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer lifts! Pours murky and dark brown with a minimal, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma supplies heaps of beautiful, bright vanilla and candied nuts. Not much else going on here. Not much else needed. Full-bodied and creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor presents tons of dark chocolate, toasted nuts and vanilla with a smidge of cardboard-like oxidation in the aftertaste. Kudos to biggsbowler for supplying this world-class treat!
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Date unknown. Pours black with no head. Aroma is oak, char, boozy. Taste is the same with some vanilla/licorice notes at work. Not the best combo and the least favorite of the series. That said, I finished the bottle.
joet (2385) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black resinous surface low medium aroma sharp citric vanilla bits of wood vanilla hot medium thin feel a bit thin and sharp.
MrHangover (3214) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Another Tasting, courtesy of me. Pours a pitch black beer with a small tanned head on top. Aroma is rather peppery, spicy, little vanilla, loads of tobacco, wood. The pepper is also strong represented in the flavor with a light burn in the back. Flavor overal is medium bitter, light sweetness detected, The vanilla is not as present as I hoped it to be. Still an ok beer, very good even, but where is the vanilla.
JulienHuxley (4241) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at another tasting. Black pour with tan foam. Aroma is really spicy much more spicy than I expected, perfumy, woody, tobacco, cocoa, chili peppers, quite intense. Taste is dry, really spicy, tons of cocoa, ginger, allspice, black pepper, extremely spicy. Palate is med-full bodied with med carbonation. Decent