fluffy (1602) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
yeah this one is pretty much worth the hype. kinda wish we could have procured more of these.
wisdomsolo (436) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at a fantastic tasting and had such a great time with great people and great beers! So amazeballs! This went h2h with Funky Buddha MBCP and came up a very close second.
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour. Black pour with white head. Roasted, light oak and brandy? barrel aromas. Light oak hints of brandy, light roasted and toasted flavors.
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared by b3shine. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate with some mild milk chocolate notes, the influence of the apple brandy barrel is noticeable especially since we had it next to the bourbon version, adds sweetness, wood, caramel, mild spicy notes, vanilla. This was very good, better than the bourbon version.
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by b3shine - thanks, Beau! Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a small brown head that leaves spots of lace in the glass. Notes of apple brandy, which brings more sweetness to the base than the Bourbon version did, along with caramel, chocolate, molasses, oak, dark and dried fruits, brown sugar, and fudge - like the other one, decadent. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, sweet, smooth mouthfeel. Another great one. Now I need to see if I have what it takes to get the Cakes.
Tmoney99 (10581) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roast coffee, chocolate, wood and sweet alcohol aroma. Copious body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout brew.
tderoeck (4555) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - bottled: II/4/14 (2014-696) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown to black beer, small irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: earthy, mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bit fruity, sugary, caramel, vanilla, bit dusty. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: fruity start, bit sour, lots of caramel, vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, some alcohol, brandy I guess, sweet, almost cloying. Aftertaste: sourish, apple skin, lots of alcohol, caramel, lots of vanilla, mocha, coffee, chocolate. In the end quite an alcohol burn.
DrSilverworm (6314) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by local raters. Bottled 2/4/14. Pretty much pitch black color. Thin bubbly brown head, some decent but kinda loose dots of lace. Good brandy nose -- kinda woody, lightly spicy. Some apple. Good dark chocolate in the flavor, some coffee, mild dark fruit, moderate roast. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Moderate sweet. Alcohol works well. No burn or bite. Just a mild light warmth, light dry finish. Good chewiness to the texture. Light carbonation. Solid, complex interesting tasty stuff. Really fantastic. A lot brighter than the bourbon version; I enjoyed this variant a bit more. Brandy provides a perfect light spicy edge to this. So interesting and tasty.
b3shine (5341) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber to snifter (shared with the group; thanks Dogbones). Looks good; a mostly opaque dull black with mocha head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells great! Dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and mild pepper notes with a nice apple brandy barrel presence. Tastes like it smells with some apple tartness along with the smoothness from the barrel. Awesome juice!!!
brokensail (10790) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Black in color with a khaki head. Some smoke and booze on the nose. Roasted malt, a bit of vanilla, and lots of cocoa. A bit of dark fruit, grape, and licorice. Flavor has some dark fruit and vanilla sweetness. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. Nice vinous character. Slightly boozy, some smoke, and wood. Not bad.