hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours clear and nearly black with a small, beige head. The aroma is vinous and fruity with lots of blackstrap molasses, burnt malt, pouch tobacco, charcoal and mocha goodness. Full-bodied, sticky and thick with moderate carbonation. The luxuriant flavor offers layers of sweet caramel, dark chocolate and brown sugar nestled upon a buttery pecan praline foundation. Finishes caramely and coffee-candy sweet. Big-time thanks go out to 50belair for sharing this rare, magnificent treatment of an already outstanding beer!
50belair (2271) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Chris’ house. Black pour with a mocha head. Sweet brandy nose. Smooth and sweet with booze, dark roasted malts, caramel, and all kinds of brown sugar notes. Very well done.....
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 dark brown sepia, thin tan ring. Husky meat nose, chocolate, stale oat. Flavor front shows prunes and chocolate, mid is gritty chocolate, , sweet and stinging through the finish, considerable heat through the finish, no character, stinging sugary chocolate and stale oat, bit soy sticking all over lips through finish
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours black with tan head nose cocoa, brandy , apples. flavors of brandy, cinnamon prune juice and lots of heat on back end. pretty good stuff
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hophead22. Pours with a deep brown to near black hue with minimal signs of carbonation. Very viscous though. Aromas are of fudge, motor oil, iodine and a bit of a musty, vinous brandy note. Lots of chocolate and licorice. Light vanillin. Flavors are vinous, dark fruits, currants, chocolate, earthy, wood and alcohol. Big bodied, viscous and warming. Light carbonation. Sweet. Tasty.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black almost no head. Musty brandy chocolate and plum aroma. Tastes of brandy brown sugar Dark fruit caramel chocolate chewy leather and sweet oak and vanilla.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rating #17. Dark black pour. Mild aroma, a little brandy. Big sugary flavor, sweet of course. Tasty. (2039)
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a bottle at the Three Floyds XV anniversary. Amazing luck that I finally got to try this. Big, black, oily pour with a small tan head. Aroma of strong brandy on the nose, along with chocolate, sweet dark fruits. The brandy barrel brings even more sweetness on the nose than is really desirable. Some notes of booze and oak try to round things out a bit, but it’s a wave of bright, sweet, hot brandy and dark lord. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe. Flavor of brandy, chocolate, booze and oak. Some chocolate covered cherries. Full body, nice carbonation. Really well put together even though I’m not the biggest fan of brandy barrel aging. Possibly my second favorite (Pappy being the first) of the Dark Lord variants.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #282/392. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. More of a creamy and earthy aroma than the Pappy version. Almost milky? Full bodied with a more apparent fruity nuance. Nice and sweet with a decent burn. There’s a lot of dark berry flavors to go with the sugary sweetness of the residual brandy. Sticky, cloying and very viscous. Very well blended.
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Sean9689 for completing this vertical for us. What an epic ticking that was. Very dark brown in color, but actually a little translucent. No head. Great rich chocolate aroma, milk and dark, with brandy fairly prominent and some dark fruits. Huge intense complex flavor, enormous sweet chocolate, roast, coffee, brandy, oak, dark cherries, dates and prunes. Not too sweet. Full-bodied with almost no carbonation and a smooth slick mouthfeel. Not boozy at all. Damn this is a great beer.