Beaver (1296) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a big fizzy light tan head that retains well and leaves little lacing.
The aroma is sweet bourbon and chocolate with some cherry, dark fruits and cinnamon.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some acidic and tart cherry and some chalky boozy bourbon in the finish. Some cinnamon comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, an OK big beer. A bit too sweet and boozy with chalky acidic notes.
vtafro (3437) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks Skrip. Brown pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some dark malt aromas. Sweet dark malt, light berry and sweet tones.
slowrunner77 (2109) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"I really dig the cocoa in this beer. I wanted a little more punch from the cherries and the bourbon barrels, but in the end this was a nicely balanced effort. Lightly sweet and even more lightly tart. Complex and refined."
jdavidh (149) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent flavor - lots of sour cherry and smokiness, nice alcohol burn, just a touch of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Quite a good American interpretation of a classic Belgian style.
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Lovely chocolate cherried aroma, hints of bourbon dark fruits. Flavor isn’t as bursting as the aroma, but follows en suite where it starts you off with the beverage. More cocoa on the palate, a singe of Heaven Hill and wood, with sour cherry coming in towards the finish. It’s good, but was hoping for a bit more of a louder flavor.
RobertDale (3468) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SRBG 2014. Pours dark reddish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and bourbon. Taste is cherry, bourbon, malt, and a bit of chocolate. Pretty good.
gendv138 (1339) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle during RBSG 2014. Dark amber brown color. Aromas of light bourbon, dark fruit, light tart notes. Tastes of bourbon, light tart notes, spices. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
fiulijn (14599) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at CapFlu’s Blomster Bash
The color is near black with frothy head. Dusty aroma, a bit of fruits. dusty dark makes flavor, some fruits, boozy.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Mahogany colored pour with an off-white head. Kind of cidery up front on the nose. Fair amount of bourbon and chocolate. Some sweet cola, vanilla, and black cherry. A bit boozy. Flavor is fairly sweet and a touch sugary. Strong cola and black cherry character. Bourbon flavor and heat. Some oak, vanilla, and plenty of chocolate.
jtclockwork (8443) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Ferris RBSG St. Louis. Pours dark reddish brown. Off white. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa nib, dark cherry. Medium body.