saltyseadog (139) - 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 (27783) - 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!
Ottima LocalMuse25 (128) - Templestowe, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2019 2018 vintage - pours a jet black with a nice beige head. Aromas are big in Whiskey, coffee, cacao and caramel. Taste has a beautiful backbone of dark roasted malt, more coffee and a smooth boozy finish of whiskey. Beautiful beer! Larry_Duffman (814) - - SEP 21, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2019 I was psyched to find this and the 120 Minute IPA on the same day. This pours black with a tan head and visible bubbles rising to the top. It pours thick and oily. The aroma is impressive. It starts off heavy on chocolate and roasted coffee. As it warms, you get more licorice, tobacco, and oaky bourbon. The taste is dark and milk chocolate, dark coffee, and slightly salted caramel at first. Later on, you get licorice, dark, dried fruit, milk, and bourbon. It's smooth and fairly creamy. As it warms, you get more of the bourbon. You get a little of the burn. It's still crazy drinkable considering the alcohol content. This was excellent. It lives up to the hype and then some.
CH-303 (3011) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 11, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2019 Appearance: 2018 version. Very dark brown, near black. Some dark tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark fruits, bourbon. Some alcohol.
Taste: Dark malt, barrel, coffee, dark chocolate. Very enjoyable.
Bought: Shared by Nordcore - thanks!, 355 ml
Info: 30/8-2019, BB: ??/??-???? jrodooo5 (2085) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - AUG 7, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2019 *2016 version*. Wow!! Perfect black pour w/ a tan head & good lacing. The aroma is a mix of bourbon & roasted malt. The flavor is roasted notes with a touch of bourbon & vanilla to smooth it out. Imperial stout to the a tee w/ a great complexity! Hides the alcohol well. This is incredible! dannyhill (507) - - JUL 29, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2019 0.335 bottle
C: dark brown
N: maple, pecans, dates, figs, oak, intense sweetness, syrupy. Develops into a dry hoppy, sweet dessert goodness. mabuzzer (1420) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2019 1/3 at Innis & Gunn Glasgow. Dry dark brown with a good tan head. Bourbon, coffee aroma, flavour is bourbon, coffee, vanilla. Beautiful stuff bth122 (1927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2019 Draft at Firestone Walker Venice. Wow- huge bourbon vanilla oak notes on nose. Medium heavy body. Creamy smooth texture. Cocoa bourbon vanilla oak notes on taste. Slight tobacco. Real good.