Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance - Murky brown, soft tan head
Aroma - Vanilla, oak, brownies, bourbon
Taste - Bourbon, chocolate syrup, soy sauce, vanilla extract
This was a pretty fun brew, and a heavy hitter as well. It was way too sweet, and once oxidated a bit, tasted a bit like soy sauce. Still, thanks for the experience Jordan mayn.
OmegaX (1233) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into snifter. Nose is mainly alcohol, chocolate, brownies, vanilla, and some soy. Pour is dark black - no head. Taste was rich chocolate, booze, bourbon, vanilla, soy sauce. Itís about what I expected. A nice treat.
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Nose consisting of malt, big booziness, dark fruit and chocolate. Rum flavor with dark fruit character before a big chocolate finish.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing a 2013 vintage bottle during his 50th birthday bash. The beer pours obsidian black with a thin foamy beige head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Thick and syrupy body with flavors of bourbon-infused fudge, vanilla, burnt malt and coffee. The finish is boozy with a chocolate liqueur aftertaste. This is one of those love-it-or-hate-it sippers but I really liked it.
tdoyledesign (172) - Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy mother of God does the name say it all. Such an aroma, such an arsenal on the palate. Such taste! Definitely one to share with friends as an entire bottle of this would be too much. Delicious and one of a kind!
AirForceHops (2986) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RS Exclusive 2013 bottle shared by Adam Jackson. After smelling the snifter in front of me all I got was hot bourbon. Intense booze. To my surprise the taste was way more complex then I could have imagined. Taste is heavily sweet with a lot of vanilla, wood, chocolate cake batter and sherry notes. I really couldnít believe the variety of sweet flavors. Thick body, low carbonation, finishes with a nice hot alcohol burn. At 19.5 % of course you are going to pick up alcohol. Iíd love to see a bottle aged three years would do. AnyhowÖ this is a wonderful stout if anybody was going to ask me. A masterpiece. I was even singing a parody of Princeís ďPurple RainĒ for a few hours after I drank this.
AdamJackson (2386) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RS Exclusive 2013, Paid just under $40 for a few of these via my membership. Received via my trustee, EHammond1 who is a bomb dog! Opened July 4th with friends.
A - Pours pitch black but not oily. It pours a lot like a dark liquor like rum. Ya know, like sticky, sort of moves around the glass like rubbing alcohol, has huge almost arrogant alcohol legs that persist for days. This beer wants you to know that itís not screwing around. No head, almost completely still in the glass.
S - Well, the nose is burnt oak, rubbing alcohol, insanely sweet and chocolate. The chocolate is the biggest thing on the nose. Vanilla is big but itís overshadowed by the booziness.
T - The taste is so much better than the nose. The booze is nowhere near as insane as the nose since the nose is so boozy. The vanilla beans are jerks in how they coat your mouth and stick around for half an hour later. The chocolate is almost like swishing around dark cocoa in your mouth. Bourbon is there but at almost 40 proof, thereís no booziness to this her at all.
M - This is a big beer but itís slick, sweet, resinous and a hint of medicinal along with the boozy heat.
O - Chocolate Rain, I was afraid of this beer. So afraid that I waited until a chance to split this bottle 10 ways. Unlike Melange 3, Black Tuesday and White Chocolate,I was convinced that this beer would be the one high ABV Bruery beer that I couldnít take on by myself. I was convinced this beer needed only 1 ounce and done. Then, I tasted it and realized I could easily drink an entire bottle myself. Itís a delicious beer fresh and Iím looking forward to trying it with some age. It falls short on nose and appearance. Everything else is perfect.
Staffan47 (858) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vilken bomb! Helt otroligt. Tyngsta jag varit med om. En riktig chokladbomb. Möjligt att alkoholen kunde tagit överhand om man druckit ouppvärmd, med i slutet på en provning är det en fullträff. Absolut världsklass och ett imponerande hantverk.
after4ever (6088) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped and waxed. Thanks, J! What a helluva treat. Pours thick gooey black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Huge chocolate cake nose...somewhere between a really moist devilís food cake and a dense and heavy chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven. Absolutely nails that dessert profile to a T. Sticky thick body with some carb actually showing. Nice chocolate cake and cookie notes knocking around all over the mid palate. This beer is so sweet it literally made my eyelids flutter, but itís still somehow approachable and enjoyable despite how far out of balance it is. Itís not sticky syrupy, which certainly helps matters immensely. Long sticky sweet finish. Somehow manages not to be cloying...which is a small miracle in and of itself.
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours dark chocolate with a tan fizzy head. Aroma is big time chocolate and bourbon. Taste is chocolate cake, vanilla bean, bourbon, wood, and char. This is ridiculously drinkable at 19.5%. A fucking masterpiece.