GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle of the 2011. Solid black with a good beige head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Oily mouthfeel, malty and complex on the palate with a dark chocolate and slightly boozy finish. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, raisins, hint of coffee. Amazing. jexmachina (7) - Winter Garden, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
Quite possibly one of the best beers I've ever had. In my life. No joke.
Smooth, deep hints of bourbon, and was just as fantastic chilled at the beginning to the last lukewarm swig at the end. From my understanding, it's super rare, which makes me sad.
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The black note pours so dark and thick. I was overflowing with anticipation watching the bar tender pour the beer. Has a small dark head that leaves good lacing on the snifter. The flavor is so full and features plenty of wonderful chocolate malts. I can't really find any flaws in the beer. Perhaps that the alcohol comes through in the aftertaste. But is that really a bad thing?
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Black with a thin dark brown head. Sweet vanilla oaky nose. Huge boozy malty vanilla bourbon bomb. Sweet, smooth, with a bit of a dry finish.
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12 oz Bottle. Pretty damn wonderful. Sweet aroma with just a hint of the Bourbon Barrel aging really doesn’t overpower the beer and gives it tremendous balance. This is awesome.
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Not your typical beer! Fantastic flavor, doesn’t taste like it smells due to burbon aging. Low carbonation but after a year in a barrel I’m not surprised. Color is off for me, but taste is also good!!! Licorice, vanilla, and a smidge of red wine... I want more skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
poured into a 120z tulip glass to a opaque black.liquid with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates and minimal lacing. aromas of bourbon, chocolate, coffee and vanilla the flavor completely matches the aroma.when you smell this, you know what your about ready to taste, a beer with strong bourbon taste. it has a little too much alc on the finish DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from a PUB"R anonymous crack whore (under contract). Pours thick oily jet black into my Stone RIS snifter with 1-finger tan head. The head is loud, and says to me, "How the hell did you find this beer in PA, you jerkoff?" A good question, head. Nose is huge and intense and complex; prunes, oaky bourbon, blackstrap molasses, blackberry, port, backup hops, and cognac. Tastes rich, complex, hefty on the palate, with the oaky and bourbon/cognac flavor taking the forefront. The palate heft is decreased, as we have seen with BA beers, and I dare say takes something away from this one, as it doesn’t have that heavy smooth semi-sweet creaminess of the Expedition or the DC stout. I put this one in the same genre as the 50/50 beers. A very good beer, with the oak and spirits taking center stage. In this case, those elements render the original beers unrecognizable for the most part, as such. The finish gets more hoppy and charred dark malt, and a lot of scotch flavor arises, with the peaty elements coming through. This one is a wonderful beer/spirit boundary breaker, but the 50/50s do it too, and the Bells original beers are better. Try this in a SBS with the 50/50 Periwinkle Blue wax, and I dare say they’d have 95% homology. tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours as dark as motor oil with a thin off white head. Smells of bourbon are much more subtle than expected and very refined. Hints of malt and chocolate in the aroma as well. Taste is out of this world. Perfect balance on the palate of bourbon, chocolate and malt flavors. One of the very best beers I’ve had! dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. Wow! Decided to get greedy and bust open a bottle all for myself. Super dark with a thin beige head. Aroma definitely has hints of bourbon, vanilla cream and chocolate. Flavor may be a tad boozy but it doesn’t really take away from the experience. Quite outstanding and supremely delicious!