JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at anniversary party. I got a little from the bottom of the bottle, so it was slightly cloudy/milky black with thin tan head. Tons of milk chocolate, vanilla extract, bourbon, wood, and alcohol heat. Not surprisingly sweet and boozy. Not very complex, just a nice dessert liquor. Rating #2500.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite imperial stouts. The cocoa nibs make a world of difference. I am baffled that this beer has such a high gravity because it tasted like a 9% beer. I had three pours at the 3rd anniversary festival and the last pour was the final for the first session and i got the bottom of the bottle. I must say, it tasted almost like it has chocolate milk in it. If you have the chance to try it, Do IT
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color for sure. Aromas are really nice and rich and dessert like; dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and boozy alcohol. Full in body. Flavors are of cocoa, espresso, and alot of hot alcohol. Flavors are kind of masked due to the serious bite of the booze.A very slow sipping beer. My preference is Black Tuesday over this one.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#172/204. Bottle pours deep red/brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, espresso, and dark chocolate. Flavor shows the same with some warming alcohol making it’s presence known on the finish. IMO this was a major improvement on Black Tuesday as this one was much more drinkable with some actual balance. Chocolatttttte Raaaiiin!
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a decadent swirl of bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. Quite simple, really, and completely wonderful. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is lavishly sweet and so very bourbony. Intertwined in all this are luxuriant essences of vanilla and chocolate. Quite boozy… as I expected. Bittersweet finish of vanilla and dark chocolate that warms me from head to toe… in that order. Amazing that this 39-proof miracle liqueur is derived from such simple ingredients as malted barley, hops, yeast, vanilla beans, oak, cacao nibs and water. Beer can be so damned fun! Thanks go out to giarcsr for shipping this world class bottle of beer my way!
portableparty (2007) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand bottle thanks Greg, Caleb and Armin. Pour is cloudy brown with no noticable head. Aroma is strong wood bourbon and booze with a bitter sweet scent. Taste is rich bitter chocolate (very bitter) and the booze just rushes in with tons of vanilla extract and a small wave of dark fruit in the end. Palate is full and slick with an oily dry finish. This was a pleasure to try, but not one I would atempt to search out. Again thanks CLever, DalzAle and arminjewell!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Portion of a bottle consumed at the Rosso release. Bottle wrapped hobo style. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours near black with the thinnest of tan heads. Some light legs on the sides of the snifter, especially after a few swirls. Completely opaque. The nose is quite pungent, but nothing that jumps out too much. My first impression is that I like Black Tuesday more. There’s a pretty strong chocolate presence intermingled with a light dosing of bourbon plus some mild roast. Booze is fairly prevalent, but doesn’t stand out too much. There’s a mild coffee presence, but that is more of an undertone to sweet creamer.
The flavor mixes the flavors pretty well, though nothing really pops all that much. From the start, I’m thinking that some age will definitely do this well. Some flavors could probably be blended a bit better. The chocolate is the dominant character. Beyond that, there’s light bourbon and hints of oak plus a bit of roast and creamy, milked-up coffee. Mouthfeel is really thick and there’s some residual sweetness. Along with that, there is a bit of booze in the finish. Nicely done. I look forward to revisiting this one in the future, hopefully after the flavors integrate together just a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-17-2011
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by Armin, Caleb and Greg. Thanks guys! Pours cloudy black with almost no head. Aroma is sickening vanilla extract, massively sweet, quite boozy, some chocolate. Holy shit this is hot. Lots of booze - man, this has got some massive burn, vanilla, can’t really drink much of this. Not awfully sweet on the flavor - the vanilla really thins out the mouthfeel. Retronasal is straight burn. WTF, this isn’t even enjoyable. Anyone who claims to perceive any complexity in this beer is either drinking hard alcohol daily or kidding themselves.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle. Holy shit. Big, boozy, sweet, sweet, vanilla extract, sweet, Hershey’s Milk chocolate, fusel alcohol, sweet aroma. Did I mention the massive amount of ethanol and sweetness on the nose. Pours a lighter than expected dark brown. No head. No lace. Virtual no appearance of carbonation. Aggressively boozy, harsh and unrefined on the tongue. Not as sweet as the nose would lead me to believe. Also not as sweet as Black Tuesday. Still... The raw vanilla extract and harsh alcohol on the tongue is pretty nasty. Makes no apologies about being 18.5%. Three flavors here: cheap chocolate, grain alcohol soaked vanilla beans and poorly distilled alcohol. Surprisingly thin and watery on the tongue with... Guess what? A shitty hot boozy finish. Tastes like RARE for sure. Thanks fellas!
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from our RS membership. Dark black pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of vanilla and ethanol. Flavor is a combination of vodka, vanilla beans(picture a vanilla vodka black russian) a little bit of chocolate and finishes thin and very hot. I loved Black Tuesday(and really expected to love this one even more), but this was a bit of a let down. Out of all the beers we’ve received from our membership so far, this was the worst.