madmitch76 (20710) - , 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.
Leighton (17210) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (15545) - 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 !
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2015 Bottle shared by Jake. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of apple brandy, oak, chili pepper, cinnamon, roast chocolate and vanilla. Medium body.
Scopey (11356) - 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.
daknole (10785) - 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.
crossovert (10662) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mellowed-out version of this beer. IT has a thick brandy sweetness that lingers.
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks! Pours Hunahpu’s black with a small, fleeting, light brown head. The aromatic highlights are fudge, alcohol, cinnamon and chili pepper. Full-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor boasts heaps of graham, cinnamon, chilies and light tartness. There is milk chocolate and cinnamon in the warming finish – also, a nice suggestion of lactic acidity. A complicated and World Class brew! Generously shared by landhoney!
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.
djd07 (7908) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours black with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong chocolate, wood, cinnamon, vanilla, peppers. Thick mouth, chewy, roasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, light heat from the peppers, great apple brandy flavor throughout, very nice.