willisread (2174) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Bottle shared. Thanks TimE! Nice honey ham nose with dark chocolate and warming bourbon notes. Just below average carbonation with vanilla and fennel seed notes. The smoke is there in the background and works well with the cacao nib notes. Not much sweetness either. Great stuff with a lingering chocolately, smokey finish.
TimE (4847) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown color. Amazingly lovely bourbon chocolate smokey nose. The sweetness has been toned down by age. A lot of tamari in the nose. The mouth is full of choockate tamari and smoke and wood. Amazing
bytemesis (6314) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the rot box. Pours inky black, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is a bit smokey, roasty, licorice, hardwood, peat, bourbon, cocoa. Flavor is fairly sweet, medium bitter, light smoke, roasty, bourbon, anise. Medium body. Solid, not as good as original. Perhaps my fault.
eManu (527) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark mahogany black colour with a small tan head. Aroma of strong roasted malts cacao, wood and bourbon. Flavors of strong coffee chocolate rum bourbon and spices. Nice warm and smooth textures. Complex and pleasant long lasting taste. Very enjoyable.
KyotoLefty (8924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big bourbon nose, some band aid, smoke, vanilla. Very sweet flavor with lots of vanilla and a bit of bbq sauce, like Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets sauce. Nice.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily brown body with tan/brown head. Big, big, big aromas with rye, wood, bourbon, smoke, black licorice, vanilla, black malt and molasses. Big flavors as well; with rye, iodine, black strap, buckwheat, smoke and peat linger. Warming after 12 oz., yet alcohol is neither easily caught in the flavors nor felt on the palate. Very smooth feel.
Vaiz (4184) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, about 3 years old. Black pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bread, bourbon, leather, oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavor is quite sweet, roasted, caramel, some spices and very smooth. Really well drinkable and well balanced.
SeniorZozo (1037) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting session at Budapest. Thick deep brown, big aroma of bourbon and light smoke. Nice bourbon head, but very smooth and dangerously easy to drink, vanilla, light smoke, soy, figs. Really really good.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Half finger beige head that quickly recedes into a thin, lasting ring. Pretty good retention for the style and ABV with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Meaty smoked malt aroma with a strong bourbon barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some subtle dry oak but not overly charred or toothpick-like with hints of roasted coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, marshmallow and sweet, spicy bourbon followed by charcoal, campfire, barbecued bacon and liquid smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are countered by a complex malt bill with a nice balance of subtle roast and silky, dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee grinds along with a bit of flour less chocolate cake, fudge, caramel, toffee and baker’s chocolate. Complex yet very inviting with a nice balance of smoke, bourbon barrel, roast and sweeter malt character. A touch of boozy sweetness but doesn’t smell too hot. Could use a bit more smoke for my preference but otherwise smells pretty good.
Medium body with a very strong roasted malt flavor that somewhat overpowers the smoke and barrel notes. Dry, bitter and verging on acrid with lots of burnt malt, ash and used coffee grinds. As it warms,the barrel stands out a bit more with dry, toasted oak and spicy bourbon. A bit too boozy for my preference with strong bourbon flavor and lingering heat but not too offensive at 13%. The smoke has mellowed out at this point with subtle hints of charcoal, smoked meat and liquid smoke. After the palate adjusts, the sweeter malt notes stand out with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and slight fudge-y chocolate cake. Decently balanced and surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV but it’s a bit thin bodied and lacking in complexity. Could also use a lot more smoke for my preference. I’m a huge fan of the regular version of this beer so my expectations were very high but I found this variant disappointing. Not bad but this isn’t a beer I would seek out again.
SHIG (4382) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to markwise: Poured a black/brown with red edge and tan head. Aroma is smokey and peat/wood. Taste is smoke, wood, alcohol burn.