jbeatty (844) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 08/18/2013. Pours black, medium dark tan head fades to a haze on the surface, thin ring of fine lacing. Aroma is rich, moist dark chocolate cake, cinnamon cracker, chili lending some heat to the roast character, huge coconut notes, vanilla, round whiskey finish. Taste is silky dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, cinnamon vanilla and coconut, chili heat building with each sip, blending with the whiskey, lingering toffee. Thick body, silky, chewy, almost liqueur-like. Super tasty.
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with all of us.
A - Pours pitch black with a small one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small patches of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of vanilla, milk chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, oak, bit of peppery spice, dark roasted malts and some smooth whiskey warmth. Everything is there, it just took a little while to get going.
T - Starts off with a beautiful mix of chocolate, vanilla and caramel sweetness combining with some peppery heat and warming whiskey to make an awesome flavor profile. Finish is a mix of roast, light sweetness and some booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sticky feel from start to finish. A bit of burn from the chillies and booze keep me coming back for more.
O - I prefer this one to the Wine barrel, and I haven’t had the pleasure of trying the Brandy yet. The whiskey is well integrated and doesn’t overpower the other key base flavors. One of the better beers I have had in recent memory. Can’t wait to try that Brandy version.
tectactoe (656) - Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: thanks, Brian! Black, oily, thick, with a deep tan head that plumes up slowly & fades out rather quickly. Aroma is enormous; huge cinnamon, graham cracker, vanilla, sweet cocoa, caramel covered cherries, brown sugar, very light boozy aspect. Some coconut. Reminds me of liquid Cinnamon Toast Crunch with notes of caramel cherries & Almond Joy. Sweet, delicate, outstanding. Taste is very smooth & sweet with notes of vanilla, more Cinnamon Toast Crunch, brown sugar, cherry & plum fruitiness, smooth boozy notes (though not distinctively Jack Daniels), wet oak, & finally some chili pepper spice in the finish. Actually quite tingly, especially by the end of the glass. Lots of sweet cherry, vanilla, plum, coconut & cinnamon grows with warmth. Outstanding complexity, just a joy all around. Takes the regular Mexican Cake to a whole new level. Bravo!
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with a fleeting white head. Whiskey aromas. Big time heat from the chili peppers. Delicious cinnamon, mild vanilla, cacao, rich caramel and ooze highlights. Cola lowlights. Outstanding mouthfeel with a good body. Impressive...
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/8/13. 22oz bottle shared by Edward Westbrook himself at a Westbrook event at Sweet Grass - thanks, man! Nice dark pour, good tan head. Big wow aroma - lots of vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of pepper, good barrel character - vanilla, fudge, caramel, coconut. Great flavor as well - lots of vanilla, cinnamon, even more pepper than the aroma, great barrel character. Really enjoyed this one!
drfabulous (3372) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22 ounce bottle. Slight sour. Whisky overall. Slight pepper in end. Sticky overall.
icehawk (596) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Huge sweet chocolate dessert, wood, hints of pepper spice and vanilla
Appearance: Pitch black with dirty brown head
Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, peppery heat, alcohol, vanilla
Palate: Warm pepper hits the mouth and combined with the alcohol gives a numbing sensation. Full mouthfeel, a bit chewy.
Overall: Excellent, dessert in a bottle. Nicely integrated and extremely smooth finish with the peppers adding in a good amount of heat. Out of all 3 BA varietals the pepper heat seems the most apparent in this one.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice mean black color with a brown head. I get the Jack flavors right up front, charred wood, vanilla, booze, chili, chocolate, toasted malt. Nice stuff. A bit over the top but nice.
madmitch76 (12102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruce’s palatial pad. Thanks to Paulio for this treat. Opaque dark black-brown beer, good tan head. Really nice barrel aged - chocolate nose. Palate is smooth, light and slightly airy. Gorgeous ’Bounty Bar’ chocolate and coconut. A mix of both the milk and dark chocolate versions. Dark malt tang and lovely mellow bourbon. Dark malt cream and a light touch of dark fruits that gradually resolve in to mostly cherry and blackcurrant. The chilli is there from the start but slowly builds to a mellow heat. Light finish with a medium chilli linger. Superb!
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s, huge thanks to Paulo for liberating this baby, 19/09/13.
Pitch black with a thin dirty tan head that clears to a swirl atop the glass.
Nose is dark roast malts, coconut shavings, brown sugar, dark toffee fudge, earthy cocoa notes, bourbon soaked wood.
Taste comprises sweet bourbon notes, light cocoa, molasses, peppery, sugars, light spice, dark toffee fudge.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze in the finish.
Great BA impy, easy drinking, balanced and the alcohol is well integrated.
Scopey (4599) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s place. It pours jet black with a medium tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, tiffin cake, vanilla, spice, wood, mild acidity, green banana, chocolate cake and bounty bar. The taste is rich roast, bounty bar, chilli heat, chocolate, alcohol warmth, mild acidity, coconut, vanilla, fudge and toffee with a roasty, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Oily, big, rich and indulgent. The balance is incredible. A great melange of flavours. Delicious!