prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick deep brown and a nice dark tan head. The aroma is overwhelming of bourbon and sweet chocolate. Just by the aroma you can tell it’s a strong beer.
Taste is very complex and rich, dark chocolate mixed with coffee and maybe some vanilla, bourbon and oak are strong as well without one flavor dominating, it’s a bit hard to put a finger on what your tasting at a single moment. The bourbon might be the most dominate which kinda detracts from the beer goodness I know is underneath.
The mouthfeel is indeed very thick and rich and to be honest a bit hard to drink by itself and needs a nice food complement to I think fully enjoy the nuances of this beer.
Overall a great beer, but a couple things need to be better balanced to hide the bourbon a bit more and to ease the drinkability... needs to be smoothed out. I had a 2011 bottle so it’s likely aged bottles will be better balanced.
cards04 (2686) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kathouse. You rock. Pours a dark chestnut brown. Basically no head. Then again I can’t imagine any beer at 20% ABV would have a lot of head. Aromas of toasted nuts, coconut, dark chocolate, hot bourbon. Flavours of molasses, milk chocolate, bourbon, coconut, booze. Not crazy hot on the finish. Oxidisation makes it drink like a sherry. Very good.
vincentvega72 (429) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Zwart als de nacht. Crèmekleurige schuimkraag. Aroma en smaken van koffie, (pure) chocolade, hazelnoten. Vol en halfzwaar van smaak. Lange plakkerige zoetige afdronk. Alcohol goed weggestopt. Gevaarlijk maar héél lekker bier.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brassin 2010. Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de fudge avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat sucré et de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût chocolaté. (Rating #7047)
GTAEgeek (1964) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a bottle outside Zwanze Day. Pours black, with a small, tan ring. The nose is immense bourbon and baker’s chocolate, with some mild coffee, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and molasses. Very sweet, with a bit of roasty bitterness. Very heavy body, creamy, sticky, and thick. This is an experience, but there’s a surprising lack of booziness and warming.
fluffy (2389) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sure, its a booze bomb. but its got the flavor backbone to back up that booziness.
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lovely bartender just gave me a free sample of this. Pours ink black with no head. Aroma is boozy, with caramel and vanilla. Taste has a lot of woody booze, but it’s smooth not overwhelming. Lots of vanilla notes to balance the alcohol. Just a bit of bubbly carbonation. Lingering oak and vanilla. Wonderful.
JBPortland (1490) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 2013 vintage popped September 2016. Pours straight motor oil with no head and a small ring of bubbles. Nose and taste are super sweet and rich, gooey melted fudge, vanilla, chocolate cake, did I mention sweet? Some dark fruity plum and faint raisin, brown sugar and caramel, tootsie roll. Definitely boozy and sticky on the finish but hides the % fairly well in the nose and early palate, or perhaps it’s mellowed out after 3 years. Not something I could drink often. Pretty tasty stuff regardless.
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Phew, this is hot. Sherry and Prunes very noticeable. Sweet and rich. Sipped with Joey in PDX.
hackobock (3544) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 13, 2016. Bottle ar Bruery Bonanza 2016. Vintage 2010 and 2015.
Black with a small quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted and boozy with with dark sugar, caramel, figs, raisins, notes of cocoa, coffee, hints of soy and a good amount of bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty and boozy. Finish is sweet, sticky, bitter and boozy with toffee, dark sugar, figs, raisins, bitter dark chocolate, some salty notes and warming notes. Full bodied, oily, syrupy and soft, almost flat carbonation.
2015 was still too hot and had some sweet banana notes, 2010 had very nice oxidized noted with dried fruits and was much smoother.
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vs 2015
A: Deep dark brown, appears just a bit darker than 2015. Thin off white lacing. N: Coffee, figs, sweet liqourice, port wine T: Port wine, complex vanilla candy, hint of toffee, bourbon O: Very deep and complex flavours! Settled very fine throughout the years.
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin off white lacing. N: Liqourice root, coffee, port wine, overripe banana T: Vanilla, toffee, bourbon O: Quite heavy on the alcohol, but very complex and nice!