tommann (2950) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, soy sauce and sugar. Taste has sweet brown sugar and bourbon. Sweet and boozy.
Garrold (2013) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share. Cotteridge Beano. Hazy red. No head. Big fruits, not unlike Vimto cordial. Blackcurrant, too. Heavy, and syrupy.
maxodom (34) - - JAN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great color, not much nose. tastes of salted caramel. Overall a very good beer.
GlasgowTAD (216) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with an extremely active and bubbly brown head that soon fizzes away into a brown ring, leaves no lacing. Aroma is raisins, figs, dates, banana, caramel and toffee. Taste is caramel at first, then vanilla, raisins, butterscotchy bourbon, toffee and a pleasant pleasant alcohol warmth. This beer is very sticky which results in a loooong sweet finish.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as fruet #11877. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oak. Flavor of rich bourbon, sweet caramel, dark fruit, oak/wood, toffee, and vanilla. Oily sticky texture, full body, low carbonation.
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 3 Oct 2014) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with notes of caramel, honey, treacle and burnt sugar. Malty, vinous taste with caramel, treacle, honey, burnt sugar, dried fruit and a fiery, sweet finish with a certain alcohol punch. Full body, very sweet. There’s a certain bitterness, but it’s mainly overshadowed by alcohol and sweet malt. Hardly balanced, but quite tasty and enjoyable in moderate doses. Nice one.
MrFecesious (1141) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruet bottle shared. Massive aroma of plums, raisin, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Taste is very sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky. Packs a punch.
Dr_Fellini (673) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the bruery. Pours a medium nut brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, sweet. Flavor has a brown sugar sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, slightly boozy. Medium to heavy body, creamy, delicious.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle (Bois) into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There’s a one finger khaki head that retains horribly - in other words, par for the course from a 15% monster. No lacing is left behind, either.
S: Very intense, mostly in a good way. The vanilla is huge, the bourbon is huge, the oaky notes are huge, and the dark fruits are huge. I even get some faint coconut touches. On the first whiffs, the booze is very intense, only to calm down as it warms up. My subconscious tells me the actual flavor is going to be WAY too sweet, but even still, this aroma works well.
T: Dark fruits open this one up in a big way. It doesn’t take long, however, to realize just how fuckin’ sweet this one is. Holy shit, this is like drinking bourbon spiked with brown sugar - about six tbsp’s worth, to be precise. The finish tries to negate all dat sugar with some oaky and bourbon-y notes; it’s not particularly successful. All it really does is inject a bit of unnecessary harshness into the massively cloying beer without really balancing it out. On the plus side, it *does* become slightly less harsh as more is imbibed. That does NOT make all the ridiculous sweetness any more palatable: it’s far too moronic and out-of-wack throughout. It’s not even that complex, either.
M: This practically burns going down. Cripes on a stick, this one feels rough. It’s too carbonated, too thin, and too sweet all at the same time. It seems like The Bruery was trying to give this good drinkability for the style, and they honestly succeeded - but at what cost? The slender feel clashes badly with the incredible sweetness, so it’s not like it’s that drinkable.
O: When I sip this, I’m seriously contemplating dumping it - it’s that overwhelming. This is a textbook example of a beer that’s over-the-top big in all the wrong ways. A big beer that’s structured well can be a beautiful thing (see: Black Albert), and this just isn’t. It’s not HORRIBLE per se, just hugely disappointing for over $30 (!) a bottle. Emperor Bois, you have no clothes, plain and simple.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is murky brown with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Notes of oak, plums, vanilla bean, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Finish is very sweet with a slight warming alcohol flavor. ABV is well masked.