mathieuc (1143) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to tom10101 for this one! Bottle shared with tom10101, czar, Minderbinder, David and myself. This is so intense that we hardly finished the bottle even split 5-way. Hot hot hot alcohol notes in the aroma at first but revealing nice vanilla notes later on. Booze is not hidden at all but I guess that is to be expected. This really is more like a boozy sweet liquor, a chocolate liquor. I did enjoy it but it is just too extreme to be something I’d want to drink regularly as a digestive.
tom10101 (2614) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by jp7161, thanks! Black with reddish reflect and almost no head. Aroma is of nail polish at first, but given some time it dissipates. Intense vanilla notes, wood, bourbon/rhum and chocolate. Really complex but I’m not sure if i’m able to enjoy. Taste is heavily sweet with a lot of vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate and, of course, alcohol. Body is surprinsgly not too heavy. Sirupy. Warming/burning alcohol. Boozy. This beer is the antithesis of drinkability, but it’s expected at 19,5% abv. We’ve splitted it 5-ways and we had too much of it... a 10-ways splits would have been more reasonable. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is really complex and it’s not all bad... it’s even a "good" sipper, but that’s too harsh for me.
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks! pours very dark brown withtout a head. nail polish (thankfully dissipating), vanilla, chocolate, maple, rum, bourbon, betty crocker’s cream cheese frosting, peppery-spicy, hint of acidity, cloying maple sweetness and booze?. flat carbonation, full body - syrupy, boozy finish.
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 1. Smells like vanilla caramel cake frosting. Chocolatey? Yes. Boozy? Absolutely. Vanilla bomb on the palate. Seriously, frosting galore. Clearly superior to batch 2 (2012), this stuff is glorious.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1, thanks to Dave S. Super dark brown pour with a small offwhite head. Huge bakers chocolate, cocoa nib, and brownie batter, giving way to luscious vanilla bourbon and fudge. Significantly better than batch 2 of it’s constituent base beer. Full body with low carbonation and a boozy finish. I like it.
Lukaduke (1998) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of Batch 1 thanks to Dave ! Pours a thick viscous deep burnt umber color with a trace head of mocha foam. On the nose its pretty tight with a warm boozy bakers chocolate and touches of vanilla peeking out of a deep dark blanket. On the palate this beer opens beautifully with rich chocolate cake like sweetness on the front that slowly rolls int a complex mixture of cocoa, vanilla and rund coconut like richness that is really the shining moment for this bottle.... from there it gets a touch hot as the beer flows down the hatch but there is enough lingering goodness to balance out the warm booze and make it a very pleasant beer from start to finish.
madmitch76 (14301) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
26th March 2011
Opaque black - brown beer. Small dark tan head. Nice chocolate nose! Crispy palate, semi dry. Rich chocolate! A mixture of dark chocolate but with a good dose of mild chocolate. Brandy like alcohol underneath provides mild warmth and dryness. Left some aside for a week and the alcohol really calmed down leaving a lovely chocolate that tastes like a fine bar of Green and Blacks!
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is very light colored from what I was expecting; the head is nicely brown / dark-tan and the beer itself has legs like a strong, sweet Port. The nose smells of alcohol, and then more alcohol. After trying to get past that for a bit I start to get notes of chocolate, and coffee liquor. A weird melon note seems noticeable at times (is that a Bourbon influence?); and there does seem to be a signature of spicy oak in the aroma.
The beer is viscous and sweet, though the latter is not nearly as much as it could be. Lots of chocolate flavors, leaning towards sweet milk chocolate almost, are accentuated by flavors of vanilla. The finish is hot with alcohol, spicy Bourbon notes, and a lingering oak bite, all of which contribute to a certain astringency here. Interestingly enough, pairing this with a cherry Baklava really thins the beer out significantly and even makes it taste tart somehow. This recovers after a few sips though and quickly punches the palate into submission with its sweet alcohol. This is definitely a belly warming, hot, and spicy beer in the end; the predominant flavors are chocolate and alcohol with some supporting vanilla and Bourbon notes. Lots of vanillin notes and other Bourbon like flavors are found in this beer once you start digging around. About what I expected, but I really have a hard time with beers that are much above 10% abv, and this one is definitely pushing it, but is enjoyable in small amounts.
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Long time want for me.
The beer is dark brown with a thin, beige head. The aroma brings roast, booze, chocolate, vanilla. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. A huge dose of vanilla, followed by chocolate, oak, and light roast with a warming alcoholic finish. Just superb. A beer to savor. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2012
Tmoney99 (10408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CCB Black Friday. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted sweet chocolate and alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet sweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.