madmitch76 (17828) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruce’s palatial pad. Opaque dark black - brown beer with a good darkish tan head. Palate is smooth and light and a little airy. Good creamy dark malt with a nice touch of smooth dark chocolate. Melloe red wine tang and fruits. A light touch of coconut (nowhere near as much as the JD BA). Nice red berries on the finish. The chilli dominates more here and slightly outmuscles the red wine. Otherwise very good indeed.
Leighton (13789) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bruce’s in London - big thanks to Sr. Paulo. Pours thick and heavy with a large, lasting macchiato cap. The aroma has dark chocolate, dark berries, touches of coconut. Medium sweet flavor with slight pepper sting, a bit of dry wood, milky chocolate, oaky red wine barrel, raspberry. Medium to full bodied with massaging carbonation. Warming finish of both pepper and heat, slight black pepper, a bit of dry wood, light tannic character, oak, dried berries. Excellent.
brokensail (12741) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Samantha. Black in color with a short lived mocha head. Lots of wine on the nose. Cocoa powder, roasted malt, chili, spice, oak, and a subtle tartness of berries. Nice roasted malt and cocoa flavors. Red wine, oak, spice, and chili, too. Slight berry flavor and tartness on the finish.
Theydon_Bois (12567) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, huge thanks to Paul for liberating this one, 19/09/13.
Pitch black with a thin dirty tan head that clears to a swirl atop the glass.
Nose is roast malts, sugars, chocolate cake mix, boozey tones, light wood, red grapes.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, light chilli kick in a very subtle way, dark toffee, peppery tones, dark toffee fudge, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, rich woody spruceness in the finale.
jtclockwork (10619) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Bottle shared by Jake. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of cheap red wine, chili pepper, cinnamon, oak, roast chocolate and vanilla. Medium body.
daknole (10201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bold black pour, brown head. Damn this was my favorite of the 3 BA versions. Chili, chocolate, perfect amounts of vinous notes, grapes, vanilla, woody flavors. Smooth and balanced. This is a beauty.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with an off white head. Wow, what a unique smelling and tasting beer all the way around. Chocolate, roast, vanilla, vinous, oak, rum cake, dark fruits, and spices.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
651mL thanks to NoSignsOfPain and Jer. Deep near black pour with low carbonation, small tan foam with spotty lacing. Nose is really fantastic: fresh raspberry, mild dark chocolate, really melds nicely into a raspberry dark chocolate mousse dessert, flashes of cinnamon and pepper. Taste is mildly tart, big chili pepper heat. Lactic, salty with balancing hops. Neutral sugar content. Really nice.
crossovert (9061) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Think it was the 2nd time having this. Sweet, very sweet, nice wine character, no heat. Decent brew.
Scopey (8787) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s place. It pours opaque black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, big red-wine character, chocolate gateaux, red grape skin, tannins, vanilla, fudge, coconut and jam. The taste is rich roast, toast, rich red wine, grape skin, tannins, jammy dark fruit, berry, some acidity, chilli heat, vinous, dull tartness, oak and good alcohol bite with a rich, roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. I am impressed how much wine character comes though in this beer. Very different than the Jack Daniels version, yet also very impressive. Delicious.