xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis. Thanks, Paul.
Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and oak in the aroma. Chocolate is present, so is a touch of alcohol and cherries.
Palate is a touch fizzy but quickly becomes creamy, almost viscous. The only thing preventing this from being cloying, over-the-top chocolate is the presence of the vanilla-oak and tart cherry.
Very nice. Lingers, but does not intrude.
PhillyCraft (6274) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB backlog. Bottle from Capones, pours a black color with small to average sized foam. Smell is big on roasted malt, dark cherry, whiskey, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, fudge, malt, and raisins. Rich and complex mouthfeel that warmed us all up.
tderoeck (8412) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
20/II/16 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG V (Benís place) - BB: n/a (2016-216) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark purple brown beer, small irregular beige to brown head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: roasted, mocha, some caramel, bit sweet, vanilla, alcohol, sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very refreshing, some almonds, bit sourish, cherries, soft roast, some mocha. Aftertaste: more cherries, alcohol, bit sourish, almonds, marzipan, soft roast, lovely beer!
erickok (5523) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep, very creamy dark tan head. Dark aroma, red berries, dough Not too sweet, red grapes, aged. Lighter than expected taste, delicate is a better word. After a series of very strong tasting beers, it almost feels flat, but it is complex and intresting. Well done beer. (Sampled at the RBBWG 2016)
Zlotta (2357) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen, bottled in October 2012. Clear, very dark red to black with a brown head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and dark ripe fruits (cherries). Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity taste of dark chocolate, coffee, some licorice and dark ripe fruits, followed by a long, slightly bitter, warming and rather alcoholic finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Very nice!
77ships (8391) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you for sharing ElManana + 1! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG V. Near black, dark tanned head. Nose is sweet sugary mocha combined with strong cherries mixed with mocha, vanilla, sugar, bourbon, chocolate. Taste of sour cherries is very strong sour cherries, mocha, warming vanilla, sugar, chocolate, mocha, bourbon,Ö Amount of sour cherries is very big here almost a bit too big, abandoning the balance here, taking it touch down. Touch less sour cherries & this would have been astonishing, touch unbalanced now but very good never the less. Warming syrupy mocha body, chocolate. Very nice & interesting all the same.
Benzai (14459) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle @ Ratebeer Belgian Winter Gathering 2016. Opaque dark brown color, slight red glare coming through when held into the light, average sized light brown colored head. Cherry and red fruit aroma. Taste malts, red fruits, lightly dark malts, malt bitter, fruitpeel bitter. Decent body and carbonation.
ElManana (1961) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBBWG, thanks for sharing me! Cherry, chocolate, light bourbon, quite sweet, but sour from the cherries all at the same time. Nice.
burg326 (5389) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep black color with aromas of bourbon, light sweet cherries, roast and some light earth. Flavors are the same with s nice bourbon flavor thrown in, liked this, solid overall would hunt down again.
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, batch 11600, 1/9/2016. Bottle 333. Pours dark brown, almost black, with dark tan head, fading to the surface within a minute or two, few splotches left bubbling from within the liquid. Aroma strongly dominated by cherries, slightly tart but rich and juicy, dark chocolate, some roast and coffee underneath with vanilla, fruity bourbon strongly influenced again with cherries. Taste is chocolate cherry, cola, caramel and bourbon barrel, long cherry finish, quite distinct flavor lingering, lasts for ages. Medium body. Very interesting- cherries take on a slightly tart aspect but meld well with other components, and a great finish, very distinctive. Well done.
574deadzone (1380) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 11600, bottled 10-17-2012, bottle 31/1718, 750 ml. I think Iíve had this for a little over a year, was surprised to see itís near 3 years old. A nice gift. Pours the deepest darkest brown into black with a short-lived, fizzy large bubbled brown head that settles to a ring and leaves a couple spots of lace. Nose involves dark bitter chocolate, cherry pie, leather, toasted coconut, subtle bourbon and oak char, almost some flowery notes. Pretty sweet, somewhat bitter, kind of tart. Medium to full bodied, somewhat active, pretty oily, with a lengthy tart and chocolaty bitter finish. A nice tasty treat, lots of cherry going on in there, moreso than the bourbon, but it all works pretty well. Wouldnít say itís starting to go downhill, but glad I cracked it now.