GreatDane1632 (609) - USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Horizontal with some other whales: Dark Lord ’12, Darkness ’13, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake ’n Bake ’13, Hunahpu ’14 -- Poured into a snifter sampler. This beer was incredibly tasty, super sweet, and it completely masks the alcohol. Very impressive beer, and one I am very happy to cross off my list.
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catching up on RBAG 2014 notes backlog...bottle sent to me by northropfrye-- thanks Andrew! Orange wax, 2013 vintage. Incredible viscous pour, motor-oil-thick, with a slow to rise dark brown head. Densely malty, sticky sweet and chewy, loads of residual sugars but the dark malts keep me interested and happy. I was prepared for a syrupy mess, but even though this is definitely over-the-top and incredibly unbalanced, I still loved it! It’s like a stack of thick hot syrup-soaked pancakes-- a hot sugary mess that you can’t help but love!
alliance100 (811) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle - 2014 - pours black with thick tan head . Huge vanilla and coffee aromas with a bit of alcohol burn . Taste is smooth cocoa , vanilla , coffee and hints of molasses . Outstanding beer . Always enjoy this one .
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MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
FINALLY! thank you GothGargoyle!
2010 bottle. Very dark brown, with a light edging. Aroma of sweet cocoa, espresso, vanilla, plum. Taste is vanilla ice cream sweet, and molasses coffee bitterness. Palate is initially refreshing, but develops to a creamy, sticky dry finish.
oOJUXEOo (300) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is dark as night. Aroma is cocoa. Malty. Taste is caramel malt. Toasty. Chocolate. Not boozy at all. Chocolate heavy. Very nice imperial. Well done.
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - AUG 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-1-13-
Poured from a 2010 bottle into a snifter glass
I have been saving this one for quite some time. I have had years prior as well as this vintage a year prior. This is my first review of it however. I have always enjoyed drinking this quite robust and thick brew. This is the last of my bottles and I thought it appropriate to drink on occasion of the new year.
Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a tiny tan head. The head fades very fast leaving almost no lacing. Upon swirling, the thickness and huge body of the beer can be seen with it clinging to the sides of the glass and it slowly receding back to the pool of beer at the bottom of the snifter.
Smell-The aroma on this one is huge. It is heavy of a sweet chocolate and espresso smell. Mixed with this aroma are smells of stone fruits, with aromas of cherry, raisin and prune. Other aromas of vanilla, bourbon and caramel are also detected in the nose giving an overall robust and quite complex, but delicious smell.
Taste – The taste begins heavy of cocoa and some dark fruits. The dark fruits, mainly of cherry and prune, were light in comparison to the sweet cocoa which creates a thick and robust base for the taste of the brew. Flavors of vanilla and caramel come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste creating a chocolate covered fruit like flavor. At this point the taste is quite big and sweet. Toward the end a big boozy flavor comes to the tongue. The boozy flavor is largely bourbon in nature and when combined with the sweet and cocoa flavors of the brew, it creates a warningly sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – This is one thick brew. The body is massively creamy and thick. It coats the tongue and baths it in all the intense and robust flavors of the brew. With the carbonation (not surprisingly) being on the lower side, the thickness when combined with the alcohol taste creates a very warming and thick feeling.
Overall- A quite delicious brew. I have never been disappointed. The massive flavors that meld quite well with one another and warming feel make it a brew of high regard.
Scipio (720) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 version. Thank you to Brad for this very generous gift. Pours an oily pitch black in color with a thinner, reddish brown head. The aroma hits you with a potent bourbon and heavy chocolate. These elements are rounded out with vanilla, coffee, some light toffee, roasted malts, and slight mint. The main impression from the taste is that its extremely sweet, probably to sweet. Its big on bourbon and vanilla, with caramel and chocolate found and becoming more pronounced at the end. Aftertaste of bourbon, more chocolate, and less vanilla sticks with you for a long time. Full in body and milder in carbonation. The texture is very oily, like syrup actually. Without a doubt this is excellent. Its unique, strong, and intense. Its great for the experience of actually getting the chance to try this. However, as much as I enjoyed it, I would have been even happier if it wasn’t so sweet.
daje (2609) - NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 25th 2014. Black body, nice tanned head. Aroma of licorice, fresh roasted coffee, ash, dried fruit, dark chocolate notes. Taste of sweet chocolate, strong coffee, raisins, plum, oranges, bittersweet finish with a long complex aftertaste of coffee and dark fruit. Nice complexity throughout, and a beer I’m ecstatic for finally getting to try.
ElManana (516) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 Pours oily black. Nose is pretty impressive with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, maybe some nuts.
Taste is less impressive, pretty one-dimensional with lots of (read: TONS OF) sweet chocolate, which totally overpowers the coffee notes that are hidden somewhere. Good balance on the alcohol, 15% but not disturbing.
Very good beer, but I expected more.
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Waaaaaaaaay to sweet! Sugar was very over powering which limited the beginning and finish! Had a 2014 and was very disappointed!
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