tderoeck (7259) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/II/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle as "Apple-Brandy barrel" @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - bottled: 6/VI/13 or VI/6/13 (2014-186) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: earthy start, woody notes, caramel, tobacco, some dried fruits, subtle notes of green apple peel, alcohol, "thick" sweet small, can I call it molasses? Also lots of vanilla and caramel, crème brûlée on warming up. MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: sweet and sugary start, then caramel, pretty sour touch, chocolate, hot chillies, sour green apple skin, alcohol burn. Aftertaste: chocolate, caramel ,vanilla, pretty sour in the throat as well, more alcohol, soft bitterness and hot chillies. Good, but I preferred the Jack Daniels version, seemed stronger and more complex as well to me.
JefVerstraete (2438) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Bobochamp! Dark oily black colour. Soft carbonation. Complex beer, full body. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla and red peppers. Fruity with notes of apple brandy. Better than the Jack Daniel’s batch.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with cacao, vanilla, cinnamon and chili peppers, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex spicy Stout, roasted/spicy and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
HonusWagner (1914) - 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 (986) - 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 (3164) - 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 (9411) - Oceanside, 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 (5579) - 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 (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (10740) - 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.