yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and caramelish. Smooth malty, caramelish and roasted. Smooth malty and sweet caramelish into the finish.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some whiskey. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and caramel with a dry oak finish.
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is very dark brown in color with a khaki head. A light roastiness followed by tons of whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits. A really nice barrel aroma to this. A light oxidation on the palate, but really great barrel flavors. Whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits. There’s a rather strong roasted malt note, and some spiciness of wood and rye.
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle shared by dmac @dmacs-still-black that sheets. With an aggressive pour it yields some tan bubbles. A-bourbon, molasses-dk malt. T-bourbon that’s still hot, molasses-dk malt, earthy hops.
Tmoney99 (11103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
daknole (9486) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Sweet rye whiskey, charred oak, tahitian vanilla, cocoa powder, roasted malt. This drinks a lot like a big BA stout. Roast, chocolate, whiskey, toasted oak, vanilla. Damn fine beer. DAMN FINE! Thanks to dalzale for hooking me up with this.
adnielsen (9481) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 Bottle @ Brad’s house Minneapolis, courtesy of bnielsen13. Thanks Brad! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, light brown head and big alcohol legs. Really rich toffee and thick caramel, dark chocolate, somewhat boozy, vanilla, dessert-like aroma. Super fucking smooth, rich dark chocolate, toffee, turtle (caramel, pecan, chocolate), mild yet tasty whiskey, a bit of vanilla flavor with a super smooth finish and only a touch of booze. Wow, I’m really impressed with this. It’s super smooth for the abv (honestly, almost no hint of the booze) and just full of dessert notes. Fuck yeah.
Update: bourbon version is every bit as a good. Fuck yeah.
Benzai (8999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled from bottle @ THT November. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized creamy dark brown head. Aroma is malts, lightly roasted malts, lots of bourbon, some coffee. Taste malts, roasted malts, lots of bourbon, bitter. Oh my fucking god this is awesome!
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Before the Dawn, we’re prepared for the fall
So many lives with no future at all
Before the Dawn, now they chime in the end
Death and destruction will come from their hands, its decent, maybe woudl have liked a standard barleywine.
deyholla (7024) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at SPSBF. Pours near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some dark grains with caramel and bitter chocolate backed by some whiskey. Flavor is similar with dark grains and a bit of roast that is joined by bitter chocolate and caramel with a hint of sweetness from the barrel.