scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft Ė Monkís Cafť. Dark brown, fluffy off-white head. Rich and complex with huge cherry-plum, vanilla, and wood tones riding a thick aromatic wave of brown sugared golden raisins, coconut brandy and bourbon throughout. Powerful figgy-prune flavors blend well over deep swirls of sweet vanilla toffee, chocolate coconut, oak, and bourbon. Warming ABV duly noted. Full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. A great sipperÖ
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler; thanks Alex!! thin cola brown with thin off-white head; aromas of bourbon, oak, brown sugar and a little booze; bready candy malt with tons of brown sugar, toffee and bourbony sweetness; wow, a pretty killer brew and tasty mix of bourbon and brown sugar goodness; quite strong and rich texture while remaining drinkable and smooth; very nice; thanks brah!!
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour. Very raisiny, malted flavor. Smooth and very welcoming to the pallette. Alcohol hidden insanely well.
patrickfannon (1200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Monkís with James and Dallas. Pours deep dark brown with tan head and lace. Aroma of caramel, toffee, chocolate, honey, apple, cinnamon, and barley. Full bodied with a tight, sticky, tart palate. Huge boozy finish with a burn in the belly. Aweosme.
jredmond (4567) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at monks. Pours pith black-red body with off white lacing. Aroma is spicy raisins and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium and syrupy with notes of vanilla oak, sweet malt, surprisingly little alcohol detected.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Monkís.
Pours a ruddy dark coppery chestnut brown color which is completely opaque with a half finger dark tan head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.
Boozy bourbon aroma with lots of sweet alcohol along with caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Thereís also a bitnof dark fruit, most noticeably dRk cherry, plum, fig and raisin. At first it smelled a little bourbon heavy but becomes kore complex in the nose as it warms.
Slightly chewy medium body that is surprisingly spicy up front followed by sweet alcohol heat and bourbon that lingers throughout into a sweet and very hot finish. This beer becomes more complex as it warms and a ton of complexity begins to show. Lots of sweet caramel and leathery malts along with earhty oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, hazelnut and slightly tart dark fruit. A very nice balance of spice, sweetness and bourbon/alcohol heat. Hints of tart dark cherry, plum, raisin, fig mixed with silky chocolate malt and caramel. Very well balanced and pretty drinkable considering the ABV. You can taste the heat butni wouldnít have guessed this beer was 17%. Iím actually very surprised that after the initial palate shock is beer is very smooth and flavorful. The bourbon and barrel notes are excellently integrated Making me salivate for another sip. Very well done and actually lives up to the hype. Iím psyched that I got a chance to try this one. Highly recommended!
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Monkís on 6/8/10.
Pours murky brown with beautiful tan head. Surprisingly, great lacing throughout the glass.
Aroma was incredibly complex with the bourbon standing out alongside some coconut and other tropical fruity esters. Strong molasses the whole time sipping, and then a very distinct oak nose as it warmed.
Flavor was fantastic with a deep rich caramel and molasses sweetness, balanced with the slightest hints of a roasted coffee finish.
Incredibly thick with smooth tiny carbonation. At 17% this drank incredibly well, but you could feel the heat at the back of the throat, especially as it warmed.
Overall, this drank like an aged 12% beer and went down way too easily. I could put this away many times over. I would expect the heat to calm a little with age and make this beer that much better. Lucky to have tried this.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alfrantzell and largadeer on BA. Pours clear dark ruby in color with a small tan head leaving a lasting ring. Great aroma with bourbon, wood, vanilla, prune, and some berries. Alcohol noticeable. Flavor is very complex and great, with just a little too much alcohol present. Caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruits (fig and prune), coconut, chocolate, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. So much going on. Medium-full bodied and boozy with lasting alcohol. A very nice beer overall. Not utterly mind-blowing, but excellent. A sipper for sure.
Sean9689 (257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Melange No. 3 is a blend of White Oak, Papier, and Black Tuesday. This was on-tap at Small Bar Division for the Craft Brewers Conference special events. I had two 8oz pours into a tulip.
A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a mocha/tan head. Very little head which quickly vanishes leaving only a few bubbles here and there on top. Overall, not a whole lot to look at.
S - Chocolate, plums, raisins, ultra-booze, toffee. A nice meld here and I can really pick out the sweetness of the Black Tuesday and bourbon in the Papier.
T - Lots of alcohol burn, chocolate sweetness, dark fruits. For this being a 17% beer, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Not not over-powering, but itís there for sure. I would say this is liquid chocolate cake with infused bourbon.
M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, light carbonation.
D - I enjoyed this beer more then Black Tuesday. Itís a sipper, thatís for sure. It took me two hours to finish two pours of this. One of the top beers for this style, but Angelís Share Grand Cru is a better beer for me. Recommend!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of coconut, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar, and vinous. Flavor of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, oak, toffee, and caramel. An awesome blend!