JaBier (4956) - 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 (8237) - 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 (178) - 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 (3295) - 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 couldn’t 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. I’d love to see a bottle aged three years would do. Anyhow… this is a wonderful stout if anybody was going to ask me. A masterpiece. I was even singing a parody of Prince’s “Purple Rain” for a few hours after I drank this.
AdamJackson (2689) - 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 it’s 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 it’s 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, there’s no booziness to this her at all.
M - This is a big beer but it’s 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 couldn’t 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. It’s a delicious beer fresh and I’m looking forward to trying it with some age. It falls short on nose and appearance. Everything else is perfect.
Staffan47 (880) - 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 (6166) - 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 devil’s 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 it’s still somehow approachable and enjoyable despite how far out of balance it is. It’s 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 (561) - 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.
beastmaster (286) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is thin no head. Big nose, bourbon aroma is heavy with undertones of licorice and alcohol. Black in appearance but dark brown when held up to the light near the rim of the glass.extremely sweet which is not expected. The chocolate really comes out in small sips. If it didn’t burn my throat I’d give a 10 taste. Super boozy. Light licorice afterwards. A must try beer. So much chocolate. Great dessert beer.
BMMillsy (1430) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Bottle from dak. Thanks! 2013 bottle (I think) shared with beastmaster. Pours dark brown (thin looking) with no head whatsoever. Big vanilla chocolate nose with huge sweet bourbon and a bit of licorice and woody oak. Big thick mouthfeel, velvety, with low carbonation but not flat. Big burnt sugar and molasses up front, with sweet chocolate syrup on the back end. Bourbon booze burns on the time. Packs quite a flavor punch. Serious sipper with a lingering sweetness that is rather pleasant. Starts great, harsh going down and waaaay sweet, then the linger is fantastic after dinner treat. Age might do this well for that middle portion which makes it tough to deal with more than a small pour (5 oz here). Only two of us, so recapping the rest for tomorrow.