djd07 (7224) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Minh and Bruce. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong brandy and wood. Medium mouthfeel with nice brandy, very sweet, very nice.
Scopey (10689) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle # 504 of 608 thanks to Jack-L. It pours darkest brown with medium tan head. The nose is rich, sweet, chocolate, tar, brandy, toasty, vanilla, burnt toast, nougat and dark fruits. The taste is intensely sweet, toasty, burnt sugar, nougat, booze, fruit cake, dried fruits, brown sugar, brandy, earth and wood with a sweet, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky, chewy mouth-feel. Hot and redonkulously sweet. Fun to try for sure, but just plain crazy.
jackl (6365) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle via trade @ The Tasting. Deep brown with a tan head. Nose is plum sweets, brown sugar, coca. Taste is hugely sweet. Leather covered in brown sugar. Plum meat and cocoa. Coffee. Ridiculously sweet. Hugely oily. These 2014 variants are a step down from previous years. :(
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Jack. Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has a bit of hard alcohol, some char, cocoa, burnt marshmallows. Big sweet flavor with some smokey dark malts, syrupy dark fruits, raisins, earth, old wood. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Warm finish with lots of sugary, syrupy fruits, some chocolate, nips of smoke. Heavy hitting gear but tasty in small doses.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at DLD Day 14. Heavy umami aroma filled with soy sauce and booze. Flavor is intense sweetness with strong brandy overtones. Brandy is really well integrated and feels quite natural. Really nice, but needs to tone down the sweetness.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with very little head if any. Damn this smells complex as hell. Vinous dark chocolate, raisins, figs, exotic cocoa, and pixie dust make up the nose. The flavor is really tickling my fancy. Chocolate covered marshmallow bathed in sweet brandy and dark matter. I’m pretty sure this is charged with gamma rays to boot. All nonsense aside, this beer is absolutely killer.
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 2014 bottle, 500/608. Pours black. with a brown head. Aroma is brandy, coffee, malt, molasses, raisins, and dark fruit. Flavor is brandy, malt, molasses, and dark fruit. Very sweet....glad I like sweet beers. Body is very heavy and thick. Long, sweet finish.
crossovert (10320) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
750ml yellow waxed bottle. 2011 vintage. Oxidized cardboard a.i.d.s. diabeetus stout.
vtafro (5545) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, light brandy, chocolate, and other dark malt aromas. Chocolate, roasted sweet malt tones, alcohol, raisins, other dark tones.
kermis (8524) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 Bottle cracked with the Beer Temple guys in Amsterdam, side by side with 2014 DL. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of cookies, vinous aspects, dark fruits, soy, raisins, brandy and barrel coming through, fudge, chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet, but not so cloying as the plain. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with boozy alcohol warmth in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.