Maarten1993 (1004) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The beer was poured from a bottle into the glass. It looks really dark and nice. It also smells good: very complex. However, I did not like the taste. Not balanced, too sweet and it also did not taste like ’beer’ at all. The beer is also very heavy, a very dominant alcohol and sweet chocolate taste. Overall, the first impression of the beer was good but the taste is disappointing.
77ships (7830) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 75 cl. bottle @ home. 2013 Vintage. Another gusher, wth is it with this bottles, serious?! Also the wax looks beautiful but is a whole mess to get rid off. Obtained in a trade with stupac2. I usually always keep bottles like this for shares, trading, whatever,… This time, I looked at the bottle & thought, f@#k this, I just want to drink it, like any other beer, no reason, occasion or anything. I actually want to try a whole bottle instead of my regular ticking. If this is against the sharing part of RB or whatever ehh… I have coming much worse crimes in my life, seriously I mean it. I am just drinking this with there being no reason whatsoever being my only reason. I did wind up sharing a little bit of this. Anyway drank almost room temperature. Pours black but not really very darkest black, quite some wine hue coming through here, no head whatsoever past the pour. I get almost no legs on this. Smell becomes immediate once you open the bottle. Booze thick vanilla oak, big bourbon, vanilla sticks, molasses, huge brown sugar, black chocolate, faint roast, very sweet, even more molasses. Taste is a huge mouthfeel of molasses, very thick, sweet brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla sticks, incredibly thick, warming, bourbon, syrupy, slight bitter roast, dark chocolate, it is pretty hard to express how thick & syrupy this is, huge oak, I get some cocoa powder. It is slightly more complex than Black Tuesday but still not that complex. It is definitely way better than, that beer was. You don’t get the vodka alcohol like finish but you can feel the strength of this. I feel like I am doing a bottle of strong liquor. Very thick syrupy, it has this molasses, syrupy, quality to it, I can feel it sticky to my mouth, it is unbelievable sticky, virtually nothing in the way of carb. It is better room temp than colder. It is a fun beer to do, it is certainly pretty good. Still it is far too simple & considering the rarity, cost of obtaining this etc. Yeah there is better stuff to get that requires a similar effort. One is certainly better of getting a Thornbrige RIS at a fraction of the cost. I must say that whilst I thought that a 75 cl. of this would be very hard to do, it turned out to be pretty easy. Bit of a downer on that end. The Black Tuesday was great for blending with lambic so I had to check out with this one as well. I have nothing truly special so I opened a 2011 St. Lamvinus, not my favourite Cantillon. The bottle turned out way better than I expected, very vinous, huge red grape character. Chocolate Rain still dominated the smell, the St. Lamvinus totally dominated the taste, so this was way less for successful for blending than Black Tuesday. Still pretty happy that my bottle turned out better than expected (the Cantillon). Seriously I got a big old red grape, red tannins, Big red grape profile, only then I got the Chocolate Rain, not a successful blend, this worked better with Black Tuesday. It was overall very fun.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Kyle at my wedding, thanks! Pours an oily black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has strong sweet dark grains, raisins, sweet chocolate and vanilla with a hint of roast. Flavor is cloying with sweet dark grains and sweet chocolate with underlying raisins and vanilla. A bit overwhelming.
Experiment_Ale (1096) - 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 (3488) - 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 it’s worth the price it sells for but I’m 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 (2357) - 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 (491) - 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 (1301) - 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 (2573) - 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.