BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Waxed bottle received in trade and served in Bells Tulip: Pours a deep purplish brown with almost no head and some oily legs, no lace. The aroma has notes of rye bread, chocolate, walnuts, caramel, tar, green grass, solvent alcohol and an annoying sour cherry pit infection. While there is a nice layer of sweet malts, rye bread, cocoa, tobacco, and earthy tones on the palate the twangy fruit infection character sort of ruins the experience. Additionally, the finish is sort of blah and lacks any punch. Slightly spicy but without an focus. This off-putting tone carries on toward the mouth feel, the lack of carbonation makes this utterly boring to drink and lets an ashy burnt tone just sit on the back of the tongue. The sourness could refresh the palate but does not, an oily note is the only thing that kept me from rating the mouth feel a 1. Overall, a few good moments overwhelmed by far too many character flaws. Good idea but poor execution.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Huge thanks to Dosbeerigos for sending this my way a few months back. Served in a snifter.
Pours black with a pretty thick consistency. Tan head and some legs as it goes down the glass. The nose brings really nice notes of chocolate, barrel-aging, roast, and some molasses. A bit of dark fruit in the background. The taste really ups the complexity and integrates everything beautifully. Bourbon and chocolate meld completely with some brown sugar, mild vanilla, and a bit of oak. Really nice. Good, smooth body with only a hint of booze. Really quite tasty. I like Batch 2 better, but this was quite a treat. Thanks again, Phil!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
sour, cinnamon, nutmeg, figs. dark with a tan head. cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits. medium bodied Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
bottle thanks to kiefdog. poured black with a brown head. aroma was cedar, chocolate, and bourbon. flavor was chocolate, fudge, rye, oak, and bourbon. body was thick with low carbonation. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
12oz, bronze waxed bottle courtesy of ibrew2or3. thanks, dave! pours a silky black with a dense, effervescent, khaki head with great retention and thick lace. aroma is great with big notes of dark chocolate, rye toast, and spicy, bold red wine with hints of coffee, curry spices, and oak with just a subtle touch of toffee as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with all three elemental beers showing through in the form of toffee, raisins, and spice from the winter warmer; spicy rye, cocoa, and coffee from the rye porter; and light smoke, apple skins, vinous fruits, and caramel from the big sound all brought together by subtle oak and vanilla notes. palate is medium bodied with high carbonation and a long, sweet, yet smooth finish. i honestly though this one may be infected with the high carbonation and red wine notes but overall, itís a damn nice blend.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Sampled at Nashville Beer Summit 1.22.11 - Dark black pour is a significant tan foam. Smells like an imperial brown. Sour fruit and roasted fruit. Alcohol. Pretty darn good. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a bruin body with a tan head. Malty body with big boozy notes, borubon, brunt malt, caramel and raisins. A hint of acetaldehyde light apple skins, brandy and bourbon with a hint of oak and vanilla. A complicated brew for sure if it wasnt for an off flavor or two i could have been even better. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Rating 200! Poured from 12oz waxed bottle from Daknole. Pours nearly black with thick tan head. Aroma is interesting...I get rye spices, bourbon, chocolate and a dry red wine...maybe like a chianti. Taste is lots of rye...that spiciness is well balanced against the sweetness. This is really tasty stuff. Unlike anything I have had before. deyholla (11503) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to Scott! Pours black with chocolate brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma is full of sweet dark chocolate and sweet dark grains with a bit of backing rye as well as come caramel. Flavor is similar with sweet chocolate and caramel with a bit of rye in the finish to add some complexity. A bit sweet for my liking. Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Folks speak of infection with this one, I guess my tongue isnít as perceptive or Iím a lucky man. Yummy with tons of things going on, roller-coaster for your mouth.