JorisPPattyn (9380) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small yellow rim; virtually black beer. Bourbon, vanilla and moccha; sweet chocolate as alcoholic pralines (Belgian chocolates). Petit Beurre cookies; demure, bit of moccha and diluted chocolatedrink. Warming up, the coffee and chocolate flavours increase in strength. Lighter than expected, still very slick. Some alcoholwarming. Rather disappointing flavour, especially after the promising nose. Many thanks to Dirk!
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. brown bottle. Big thanks to a kind BA from Chicago for sending me some of these. Let me first say that its ridiculous that I live in one of the biggest markets in TX but was not available in my city because the distributor didn’t want to bring it in. Shame on them. It poured a very dark brown almost black with a small head. The aroma has vanilla/bourbon barrel character, toasted crackers, fudge, and maybe even some roast. This is a very good aroma. The taste at first has bourbon barrel character contributing some vanilla flavors followed by a fudgie brownie. slightly nutty and maybe even some tastes of Coke. Soft mouthfeel. Now the barrel character is not over the top and is just right. Just enough to add some character to the beer but not overpower the beer. Best beer by Rahr.
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to maltomeal. Dark brown with a medium fluffy head. Nose is lighter whiskey, maltiness. Taste is a bit chocolate/smooth burnt malts, bourbon is present but not very overwhelming. Smooth, fluffy, a lighter body. Not a bad beer but not one that would that I would seek out in a desert.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Beerness for sharing some of this at the Sexual Chocolate release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a fairly-dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue around the edges. Good tan head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a good dosing of bourbon along with some dark fruit, malty sweetness, and a bit of cherry. The taste is mostly bourbon along with a bit of oak and dark fruits. Cherry component in the finish. Body is medium with a bit of an alcohol bite, though not too much. Carbonation is fairly low and there’s a bit of a twang in the finish. Drinkability was pretty good, though this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. Not terribly complex and something a bit off in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-01-2011
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yet another tasty brew that Zinister sent my way for fantasy football - thanks, Michael! Bright brown pour with a nice crisp cafe au lait head. There’s a lot of inviting oak and vanilla in the nose, with a slightly dry element as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and on the thin side, tending to emphasize the very sweet flavors, again vanilla and supplemented by fruits as well. But there are thankfully enough crisp hops to balance out the brew and it ends up fairly enjoyable (also recalls Hibernation a bit, but downsized).
crossovert (11106) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace.
The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness.
The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa.
I don’t think it was executed the way it could have been.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gift from Markwise. Thanks a ton man. This pours dark with a hint of red. This beer seems subtle in aroma. I get sour cherries in the nose. a nice mouthfeel. I get some of BBA and its subtle, which i like. An enjoyable brew.
joeneugs (5651) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a large khaki head. The aroma is chocolate malts, nuts, vanilla and caramel. The flavor is a bit astringent with raisins, bread crust, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, and a touch of nail polish remover in the finish. THe bourbon flavors are well integrated but not much barrel flavor. Kind of simple, but not bad.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during AZRBWG. Pour is brown with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bourbon, nuts, cocoa and a hint of peat smoke. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of roasted malt, brown sugar, and coffee. Overall body is moderate and finishes with a light to moderate earthy bitterness.
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber coutesy of Thirdeye11 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, light carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.