HonusWagner (1391) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly a remarkable beer. Nose gives apple, cinnamon spice, some cocoa. Taste follows suit, but has a really excellent meshing of the apple character with the spice notes and the chocolate sweetness isn’t overwhelmingly rich to take those flavors to the background. Somehow manages to not taste boozy at all, and the apple flavor comes extremely naturally rather than tasting like flavored alcohol. I wouldn’t say this is as good a pure stout as AB Hunahpu, probably because the base beer isn’t in the same realm of awesomeness, but it’s got a flavor profile that really differentiates itself. Extremely grateful to have had a nice large glass of this.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this bottle with us during our ugly sweater christmas party tasting. Served with some actual Mexican cake just because...
A - Pours ink black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film that dissolves into nothing at all. Leaves little to no lace on the glass.
S - Smells of strong sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla and apples from the brandy - quickly giving way to mild chili heat, oak, dark fruits and the dark roasted grain. Quite nice, maybe a little barrel heavy.
T - Starts off with a mix of smooth chocolate fudge, vanilla beans and warm apple brandy quickly being joined by the mild chili heat, dark fruit, dry oak and the dark roasted grains. Finish is sweet with some light heat, clinging to the palate long after the finish. Every bit as good as the nose lead me to believe.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel with some booze creeping in at the end of each sip. Probably the weakest part of this one.
O - I really liked this version. We drank this right after a Cali Brandy Hunahpu’s and this was definitely better IMO. Not sure if this or the Jack Daniels was my favorite, I think I would lean JD, but I would love to have this again in the future. Thanks for the share Justin!
jrob21 (2563) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probalby started with this one a little cool. As it warms a bit the heat starts to come through a little more. The apple brandy adds a sweetness to the overall drink that chills out the spice a bit. Complex chocolate flavors and toasty malt still there as well. 3rd of 3 in the lineup of treatments for me although I know a lot of people will disagree with me.
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
651mL at SDBW kickoff bottle share. Pours black, cola highlights. Weak foam. Nose is really spectacular: mix of warm spiced apple pie, soft brandy warmth, mexican chocolate. Taste delivers the same with some rich malted milk ball dessert flavor, spicy apple pie, melted mexican chocolate. Only qualm in the palate is that is a tad too woody and thin overall. Still, flavor component wise it is successful. Could use more body and hop balance.
drfabulous (4001) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 ounce bottle. Sticky with bit of chocolate taste. Light pepper that sticks around. Apple. Cinnamon that lingers.
Theydon_Bois (8720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, huge huge big ups to Paolo for supplying this hat trick of goodness, 19/09/13.
Pitch black with a thin dirty tan covering.
Nose is rich dark chocolate, roast malt, lightly singed sugars, dark fruit cake mix, light boozey waft.
Taste comprises roasted malts, dark toffee, good hint of spice, decadent chocolate, light brandified boozeness, subtle chilli kick, toffee apple.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth smooth stuff a treat to behold on the palate.
Top draw, balanced, well integrated alcohol, this was the pick of the triumvirate for me !
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty much a black pour with a brown head. Fun to try all three BA versions. The apple brandy is a nice addition to the chili, chocolate, spice. Its sweet but has a nice toasty backbone that stops this from getting too sweet.
madmitch76 (15101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruce’s palatial pad. Opaque dark black - brown beer with a good pale tan heaThanks to Paulio for this beast. Palate is smooth and light and a little airy. Good dark chocolate here with just a touch of coconut. Spicy apple brandy that blends well with the dark malt and the chilli. Finishes smooth and soft with a light chilli linger. Lovely.
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s. It pours jet black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, spice, sweet calvados, fudge, toffee, treacle, rocky road, jam, toast, apple and pear. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, chocolate cake, sweet apple, pear drops, melon, decent bitterness, mild chilli, chocolate, dark fruit and charred wood with a dry, spicy finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Very nice balance indeed. Rich and indulgent, yet somehow very drinkable.
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London. Another big thanks to Paul for this one. Pours thick black with a creamy, deep beige head. Nose of dark chocolate, coconut, a bit of vanilla. Medium to big sweet flavor with decent chili pepper heat, more rich chocolate and coconut, soft burnt wood, raisins. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, some lingering chili heat, definitely some Mounds bar, a bit of vanilla toffee. Superlative stuff.