DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Poured into a snifter. About 7 ounces or so. 2011 vintage.
3.5 A: Black color. Small head that fell quickly and left no lacing. This is about what I would expect from a beer of this magnitude.
3.5 S: Super boozy a la rubbing alcohol. Strange almost tangy caramel. Moderate roast. Shit tons of molasses. Bourbon booziness is second to rubbing alcohol. Leather and light fruits from the barrels.
2.0 T: This is booze gone wild. Insanely boozy. So much booze. Strange tangy caramel is back in full force with a molasses explosion. Sickeningly sweet - the residual sugar is the only thing that puts the booze in its place. Maple syrup and diabetes. Big bourbon. For as big as this is, there isnít a whole lot going on. Rather, thereís just a few flavors that slap your palate silly. If thereís subtlety in this, itís well hidden under the booze and sugar.
2.5 M: Super thick, but despite this, its lacking craminess. Hot throughout. Could use more carbonation.
1.5 D: This is a nasty, violent, and disease causing beer. Iím pretty sure I had temporary alcohol poisoning while I felt my beta cells shutting down. If I am still diabetes free, then I guess I won. I finished my glass, but didnít want to and certainly didnít want any more. If I ever want to drink this again, Iíll save myself some money and mix equal parts vodka and maple syrup. Beers of this nature can be done with great success. Kuhnhennís Solar Eclipse presents with the same booziness youíd find in a 7% IPA. WWS is a decent beer that becomes fantastic with age. This is a utter failure of an 18% stout.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage. So freaking good. Black body with no head really at all. Tastes like malt and awesome.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2011 Batch, from mashmaster. Thanks Tom! Aroma has huge notes of roasted molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits, port and sherry. Very rich aroma. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass with a small fizzy brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor has a very heavy sweetness and medium bitterness. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily soft with a long finish and noticeable alcohol burn. Overall a monster brew that really takes the style to the extreme. The sherry/port aromas are wonderful and the bourbon is well integrated but this thing is so huge that it cannot help but be cloying. I didnít think this one would live up to the hype but it did. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating # 1550. Bottle, 2011. Pours black, with a small, brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, molasses, malt, chocolate, dark fruit, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol, bourbon, coffee, and oak. Sweet and syrupy, with a full body. Long finish. Iíll enjoy sipping this one all afternoon.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Thick, sweet and just amazing. Glad to finally try this beer. I only had this beer that night and it gave me a hell of a hangover. Amazing stuff though.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks John! Shared with friends last night. Batch 2011. Wow thatís a simply huge beer. The pour is dark brown to black. Not as dark or thick as I would have thought. Thereís some good foam but not a ton. Huge nose of alcohol, tart dark fruits like dates, raisins, prunes and maybe blueberry. Smoke and coffee. Plenty of bourbon and alcohol all over this. Tastes very hot of again alcohol. Perhaps thatís my only criticism is that the beer smells and tastes very strong. Itís for good reason though. It is very high ABV. Anyway, I thought this was an awesome brew. Best of the night. And we had some good ones.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle (2011 Vintage at 18.3%ABV): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of malt, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, caramel, raisins, and a little oxidation. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, loose, creamy, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of Bourbon, light chocolate, vanilla, slight oak, sugar, and light alcohol. Full body. Slick, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Heavily sweet, Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sugar, oak finish is lightly sticky. 18.3%ABV is noticeable in the flavor to a significant degree. Too damn sweet!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, generously shared by an employee of Bruisiní Ales in Asheville. Pretty amazing gift to customers the day before Christmas Eve. Talk about good timing on my part... as if I needed another reason to love this place. Pours thick, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice legs. Nose is hugely maple, but also roasted grain, chocolate, and sweet coffee. Some dark stewed fruits. Incredibly sweet but complex and not as boozy as youíd expect at 18%. This is pretty fantastic, but Iím not sure I could drink more than about 4 ounces. Lives up to the hype, though.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Paul sharing this fine brew. 2010 vintage. Pours jet black with a touch of foamy tan head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, licorice, tobacco and booze. Taste is pleasantly much like the smell, bourbon forward, coffee, chocolate, raisin, licorice, tobacco, molasses, vanilla and a smooth boozyness hard to believe with such a high abv. Very thick and coating on the palate very nice roasted malt and boozy finish.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2011 thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours black with dense tan head. Aroma and flavor is amazing. Notes of dark roasted grain, espresso, chocolate, licorice as well as a very balnced flavor if bourbon and oak with an incredible alcohol spiciness that brings everything to a sense of nirvana. Mouthfeel is heavy with a velvety soft smoothness, low carbonation. Outstanding brew!