holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Hopleaf in a snifter. Pours a jet black with a creamy beige head. Lots of meaty wood smoke comes off the nose. Black patent roast comes through as well with some undertones of red fruit. Real roasty and smokey flavors with vanilla, figs, raisins, and a strong wooden bitterness at the end. Really tasty. Balanced well.
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black cola pour thanks to Lincoln. Aroma is subtle smoke, oak. Taste is vanilla, smoke, oak, very mild bourbon. Dont dig this one but then not much for smoked beers generally.
radagast83 (6329) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at Rustico. Dark black color with a dark tan head. Aroma was decent smoke notes, roasted malts, some woody notes. Smoky meat character. Booze is noticeable. Flavor is similar, with notes of smoke, oak notes, burnt malts, black coffee.
VDuquerroux (915) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 1 Pint 9.4 Fl. oz. @Naintré. With dad and Cyril during a "palet" game. A shining pitch black beer with a medium creamy beige head ; good retention. First, roast and toast, light smoke, light alcohol. Then through tasting, coffee like in ice-cream, chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Medium sweet, round but also warming ; well-balanced ; light bitter. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, chocolate coffee sweet warming lasting finish. Overall, delicious like a good coffee ice-cream, powered with chocolate, added with some drops of good peat-whisky.
jsnicholas (456) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Bottle (750ml): Black with ittle head. Aroma is most the whiskey barrel. Taste whiskey barrel and roasted malts. Quite a bit of chocotate too. Very little bitterness. I got a taste of the smoke in the end after a few sips when I breath out . Very different, but nice.
SHIG (4210) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to markwise: Poured a dark black with marble brown hints, head was brown. Aroma was smoke, peat, woodsy, and alcohol. Aroma is rye whiskey, spicy, mellow wood, and caramel malt.
batneil (557) - - OCT 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick black colour with minimal coffee coloured head. Strong aroma of treacle and rye with slightly chocolaty smell too. Very thick on the palate with a lingering fizz. Tastes quite alcoholic with a bit of a whisky kick. Strong treacle flavour and an almost burnt chocolate taste. (K)
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is smoke, light molasses, a little booze showing up. Body is fairly light, foamy, tingly carbonation. Taste is strong with smoke, rye, smoked meat and booze. Pretty bitter towards the finish. This is certainly the best beer I’ve had from The Bruery. It’s the only one that had something to balance out the sweetness! Nice.
Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bière fume, sans être exagérée. Alcool, vanille, sucre, chocolat. Murissement en fut assez subtil mais present.
pressboxjoe (332) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. I like bourbon barrel aging as much as anyone, but this beer may actually finally offer a BBA flavor too intense to enjoy. Sticky, sweet, smoky, just intense, intense, intense. Not a bad beer, but I’m probably not going to seek it out again.
Leighton (16273) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015 - London. Pours oily black with a creamy tan had. Highly medicinal in the nose, some peat, smoke. Medium sweet flavor with notes of dark bread, chocolate, more medicinal peat, booze, roast. Full bodied with fine carbonation; lightly chewy. Warming finish with subtle apple notes, chocolate, lingering peat. So so.