Experiment_Ale (1088) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Freetail mega release. Aroma is big raison, chocolate fig fudge. Taste is creamy cherry chocolate fig berry barrel vanilla. Finish is super long. Mouthfeel is super heavy but silky smooth.
umich03jm (2702) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 2013 bottle from Summer Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours very dark brown with very little head. Big sweet cocoa and caramel aroma with vanilla, bourbon, and raisins. Taste is very sweet up front but not cloying. The booziness seems to mellow it. Caramel and cocoa stand out big time making the bourbon a nice complement and not the focus. This seems so much better when its closer to room temp too. Dark fruit and tobacco flavors come out. Medium body but the mouthfeel makes it seem so much fuller by being very sticky and chewy. This is pretty awesome stuff. Still not sure if itís worth the price it sells for but Iím really glad I got to try this.
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was "totes amazeballs"! Had this at a tasting and it was the winner in my opinion. Great flavor, smooth, little kick at the end but super brew.
fluffy (1918) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
its not often that one of those talked about beers lives up to the hype. in this case, it perfectly fits. huge chocolate, vanilla sugar and some sweet fruit flavors and aroma come through. alcohol amazingly doesnt burn either. seriously, its pretty incredible.
Ataraxia (413) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque deep brown, almost black, and no head whatsoever. Searing aroma of bourbon and charred oak dominate, followed by sweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and roasted malts. A little less overpowering in the taste, but still quite sweet. Very lively carbonation, though slick, viscous, and heavy. Full-bodied with a strong boozy, bittersweet finish.
Both Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain were overcarbed; they start gushing immediately after opening.
ICEatALAMO (1125) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
'13 vintage bottle. The pour is dark. The aroma is sweet and chocolate at the same time. The taste is flat out amazing. The chocolate is soooo good. One of the best beers around.
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rxeight (1848) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy shit. Perfect blend of bourbon and chocolate. Bit of sweetness. Good amount of bourbon. This stuff is amazing.
PriorL (2643) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2015 75cl bottle.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, bourbon, very heavy, chocolate, very little smoked, some red fruits, faint coulis, dried fruits, little sweetness there.
TASTE: amazing, very dense chocolate, some vanilla, heavy bourbon/liquor like taste, goes to the back of your mouth, where the alcohol is very prominent. Long lasting amazing taste all around your mouth!
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The name say it all. But will you be crying tears of joy or pain? Itís that kind of beer. Initial impression is in your face dessert! Way too sweet for me because of the chocolate. Not bitter chocolate. Sweet milky dusty slick chocolate. Too much cocoa and not enough coffee not enough barrel. Too thin. No head. Without the big barrel it doesnít do it for me. I did a little blending of my own when I poured some Tart of Darkness and Chocolate Rain together now that was tasty.
bytemesis (4463) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Steinís Bruery Takeover. Pours opaque deep brown, not quite totally black. Small brown head that dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is wonderful, chocolate, whiskey, roasted malts, vanilla. Flavor is medium to very sweet, lightly bitter, very chocolatey with a chocolate vanilla finish. Medium plus body, quite hot, but actually not bad considering the ABV. This is special beer with a wonderful aroma that is worth (most) of the hype around it.