brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque black color with a very small head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Smells of sweet booze, oak, almost a sour quality to it, some dark fruit presence. A hint of sweet chocolate and coffee. Mostly smells like the cognac barrel. Their special releases have been accused of this, but I like it. Taste shows much more of the moloko element and is extremely complex. Begins with a slightly harsh, yet sweet, milk chocolate, boozy taste. Get the slight sour quality on the front end that I detected in the taste. This sour quality seems to be characteristic of their barrel aged beers that I’ve had recently. Certainly not a bad thing to add to the beer. Then smooths out a little more in the middle with more moloko qualities such as a slight roasted chocolate and coffee flavor, more cognac barrel qualities with the oak and sweet booze. Finishes with some dark fruit qualities, as well as more of the milk chocolate from the moloko, and some sweet cognac, boozy hints too. A high medium to full body with a decent amount of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel with the crispness from the carbonation, but a nice creaminess to smooth it all out. The first cognac aged beer I’ve ever had and this makes me want more beer aged in this. Quite possibly the best special release I’ve had by Three Floyds. Wow, that’s impressive! Three Floyds flexes their beer genius muscles again.
BlackBeerPG (275) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste: rich, malty, spiced, maltose, woody, semi sweet bourbon notes.
Oak barrel, boozy cognac nose.
Black and opaque, with a tan lace. Full body. sticky mouth-feel with alcohol kick.
bytemesis (6450) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Adam! Pours opaque black, small brown head, good lacing. Aroma is rich mocha, cognac, molasses, anise, oak, roasted malts. Medium body, kind of hot.
vtafro (6418) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Sweet milk, cognac and stout aromas. Flavors are sweet milk stout, light oak and cognac tones.
jtclockwork (14614) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Etched glass bottle - Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of lactose, oak, milk sugar, roast chocolate - medium body.
rxeight (2447) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, red wax (2012). Notes are basically sweet and barrel. Cognac, some fruit, orange, grape.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours tar-black with a small, creamy, tan head. Good retention. The bouquet consists of something very much like a Cognac-soaked, dark chocolate brownie. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor delivers tons of fiery cognac, deep roastiness and bitter-sweet black malt. Lengthy, boozy finish. Bottle of ctipping!
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - MAR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home… Bottle no 382/564 … It pours pitch black with a medium tan head… dark fruits, some molasses, roasted malt, warming alcohol, raisins, plums, wood…. very nice!
HonkeyBra (4025) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown-- near black, with a beige head. Aroma of acetone, dark fruit, roast, some fruit and lactic notes. Cognac, some roasted malts, touches of wood and vanilla. Flavor is sweet, boozy, lots of fruity and cognac notes. Raisins, plums, touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel, slick on the palate. Interesting, but probably the weakest barrel-aged variants of this beer.
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (#219) generously shared by Colin. DArk brown pour with a light brown head. Cognac aromas. Cognac, lactose, caramel, booze, and mild roasted malts. A little watery. Decent mouthfeel.
merc7186 (2876) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Cognac, Brown Sugar, Molasses
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Cognac, Molasses, Brown Sugar
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium To Full Bodied, Semi Boozy