lavaaaron (1476) - - FEB 23, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2020 Bottle pour, very thick and dark like tar. Strong bourbon and vanilla aroma. Very full bodied, very strong dark chocolate, lots of tar and charred wood notes, some bitterness left behind from the roasted malts. Very intense and heavy. mcdav2154 (481) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2020 Bottle 2020. Parabola vintage. Aroma of bakers chocolate and bread. A bit of soy sauce too. Dark black with tan head. Flavor on the front is velvet cocoa sweet and molasses with a coffee bitter bread end. Fantastic balance and smooth mouthfeel. Great beer. Alcohol is not overpowering but definitely there. Guaro (188) - Ello, ITALY - JAN 22, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2020 Bottiglia 2018. Quasi totalmente nera, poca schiuma color nocciola e dalla velocissima evanescenza. Profumo ciliegie, prugna, uvetta, leggera vaniglia, tostature, legno affumicato e bourbon. Al palato sempre dark fruir, tanto cioccolato al latte ma anche fondente, caffè, vaniglia, tabacco e note alcoliche ma gentili di bourbon. Finale con leggera luppolatura. Retrogusto di cioccolatino al whisky. Sorso vellutato e pieno, carbonazione bassa. Bevuta dove il dolce, le tostature e il bourbon si bilanciano e completano in modo sopraffino. Ottima Alpha10 (1297) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2020 2020/01/03 - 2019 Vintage. Pours dark brown (nearly black), with a thick, foamy, beige head that quickly reduces and leaves no lacing. Aroma is rich chocolate, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, lots of tobacco and roasted malts with hints of black cherry and dark red fruits. Taste is loads of toasted malts and tobacco and hints of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark red fruits. Mouthfeel is full and oily with soft carbonation and a long finish that is sweet, toasty and warming. Wow. Fantastic beer. The tobacco notes add complexity and depth. Zlotta (6480) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2019 0.355 l bottle from 'Braufactum' (web shop) at 14.5% abv, 2017 vintage, cellared for over a year. Pitch black with a thin, frothy, almost stable, beige head. Sweetish-malty, gently roasty, minimally fruity aroma of praline, coffee, hazelnut, some licorice and traces of bourbon. Fairly sweet, malty, gently roasty, minimally fruity taste of praline, hard roasted coffee, bourbon, whisky, vanilla, hazelnut and a touch of dark fruity, followed by a long, gently roasty-bitter, slightly boozy finish. Full body, smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. While the aroma is pretty restrained, the taste is rather intense and demanding. It's still very well-balanced and the depth and intensity provide for a really good beer.
drsordr (3717) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2019 Vintage bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose light barrel, red fruit, tobacco, mineral chocolate. Taste lightly oxidized, chocolate, mineral, tobacco, red fruit. alobar (4741) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2019 2011 bottle. Pours tar black with a tan head. Aroma of licorice, tobacco, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor with some smoky oak notes, vanilla, and still a hint of booze. A true sipper. Delicious! saltyseadog (176) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2019 12oz bottle from Windsor Hy-Vee, vintage 2019, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, candied plums, fruit preserves and concord grapes with hints of caramel and vanilla. Pours oily black with a thin cover of chocolate colored foam that dissipates quickly to a foamy ring. Toasted grain, old wood, chewing tobacco and herbal hops up front, with sweeter caramel and vanilla notes around the mid-palate and a long finish with some roast and vegetal hops. Hardly a trace of that significant 13.0 ABV. Full-bodied and a bit sticky with a trace of hoppy astringency. You hear about hearty red wines being tobacco-y sometimes, but wow, never like this. That is the flavor that mostly dominates the flavor profile for me, and I have to confess I don't especially love it. It is unique, and I wonder how it might have evolved if I laid it down from a year or two instead of drinking it the same year it was brewed, but in general it seems like the Velvet Merkin is probably more my speed. Koelschtrinker (28841) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 16, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2019 Vintage 2015. Zuckriger, dunkel malziger Beginn. Süßer, deutlich alkoholischer Start. Dunkel malzig, Schokolade, viel Holz, vollmundig. Moderat nach Espresso, ansteigend. Die Schokoladenaromen werden schwächer, der Alkohol macht sich stärker bemerkbar. Reife rote Beeren, langer trocken malziger Nachgeschmack. 9/14/10/12/11/12 giacomobarna (1) - - OCT 14, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2019 Trovata e provata al “beerstation” di Paderno Dugnano! Indescrivibilmente superlativa!