bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of brystmar) Pours an opaque black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, toffee, burnt marshmallow, Indian curry, caramel, Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, toasted coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple, roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla. Incredibly tasty.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Dark Lord black pour with a small, wispy, beige head. The bouquet is a sumptuous swirl of fudge, coffee, toasted oak, vanilla and bourbon, accompanied by a hint of vanilla and a rumor of cinnamon. Full-bodied and chewy with pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor delivers on the promises made by the aroma - chocolate crème, dark mocha, warm bourbon and a light kiss of maple syrup. Sweet, cafe con leche finish. Muchos kudos to badbeer for shipping this world class brew my way!
daknole (8329) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black pour, brown head. Liquid fucking gold in the aroma. Maple, pancakes, chocolate, vanilla, coffee...flavored? Jesus. S’mores, cafe mocha, incredible and I mean incredible. Fuck. Thanks to TheAlum. Oh my.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of theHoof. Thanks! Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit smoky, maple bacon aroma. Thick gooey dark chocolate, big maple, burnt smoky, cocoa, a bit woody flavor. Big fucken beer. Drinks good, would pete again. Hoofman rocks.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
They work a solid coffee character into this beer, it also has a ncie mouthfeel.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Silver-waxed bottle shared by TheAlum- thanks a TON, Adam! Bottle #127. Pours a deep brown, not quite opaque, with amber edges and a tiny dark tan head that settles quickly into a ring. The barrel notes blast immediately from the aroma- vanilla, brown sugar, whiskey, coffee, maple syrup, caramel, and oak. Layers and layers of sweetness and roast. Same can be said for the flavor, with maple syrup, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and cocoa beans. Medium-bodied - thinner than Mornin’ Delight for sure - with modest carbonation and a warm, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. The sweetness isn’t overwhelming here, nor are any other notes. They’re all big but don’t push one another out of the way or offend the palate. Man, this is good. I put it even with Mornin’ Delight because I like the bigger body there and extra splash of complexity with the barrel here. Lives up to its billing.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, danish style, big thanks to Kyle for cracking this gem. Thick black pour with thin to no head, aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, big coffee, hints of slight oak, vanilla, slight maple syrup notes into a bit of molasses. Taste is a mix of big dark cocoa, roast, dark molasses into some maple, roast, slight oak into a bit of earth, lots of espresso bean, nice earth, finishing slightly dry, bitter, nice and sweet. Very tasty, but I prefer mornin delight.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled at Darkness Day 2013. Super dark pour. Rich licorice and roasted malt nose and taste. Very nice but overhyped. Really good though. I’d like to re-try this in a better setting.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12oz bottle thanks to brystmar) espresso brown, dark tan bubbles, coats the glass as well as any. Nose of rich cream, extremely good coffee, biscotti cookies, bourbon, coconut, so rich and decadent.I won’t be able to describe it to remember it. Taste of rich coconut, light alcohol, cream, bourbon, vanilla, complex as anything you can imagine. Medium to thick body, coats the mouth in a way I can’t describe. Wow.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft on tap at Kentucky Brunch Release (Decorah, IA). Pours a rich thick deep black hue, opaque and thick, a frothy brownish head atop dies to a creamy ring, laces ok. Good dark ominous body, good legs. Aromas offer maple and coffee, sticky caramel and some vanilla. Roast, toast, and toffee. Maple syrup, gentle oak, vanilla, and faint whiskey wafting. It’s cold, so some warmth should open this up more. Initial is thick and sweet, touches of maple, oak, and cocoa. Sticky caramel, dark roast is mellow grows as it warms. The coffee comes out a bit more roast, a good intensity up front as it trails off, firm presence in the middle. Sticky and firmly flavored, roasty with good vanilla, barrel flavor as we round the corner. Vanilla, coffee, sticky caramel. Toffee, espresso, and richer coffee as we round up, a bit more roasty, sticky, barrel flavor. The base is still thick and firm, not making this pick up much if any heat from the barrel. Oak, roasty, and coffee. I think this is much more drinkable than the Mornin’ Delight. It’s sweet, but not nearly as much. Thick and full, but not overwhelming. The coffee element comes on at just the right time. Really well put together. I prefer this to Mornin, which may just be sensory overload. This one is the gem. Finish is luscious espresso, oak and chewy sweetness, roast. Really nice experience. Damn impressive.