Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at FoCo Stout Tasting 2013, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man! Pour is deep viscous black - like car oil - with a small tan head. Big cocoa, caramelly, toffee, sweet brandy, light chili, espresso, dark fruity, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, light hint of heat, chilis, cinnamon, sweet vanilla, nutmeg, coffee, grapes, and dark cherries with a big roasted finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This one really held up well and is super tasty. Nice stuff.
Palme (4258) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. Damn this is black. Doubt the blackness-scale has anything blacker than this and it has a small quickly sidesticking really really deep dark brown top. Lovely nose with chocolate, apples, vanilla, wood, and it’s actually so deep and intense that it’s a little scary. Yeah I said it, I’m a little scared. It’s super smooth in the mouth! Thick, chewy and almost syrupy oily with a soft really prickling and stingy carbonation. It has a pure chocolaty liquefied roasty flavor. Oh my. There is also a soft sharpness in the finish here. Only subtle nuances of apple, wood, vanilla, raspberries and dark cocoa powder. One of the best I’ve had in a long time (and I have recently had some pretty incredible stuff). Huge thanks Josh! The things I would do to this bottle if I could just get it for myself.. 15.06.2013
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As close to a perfect beer as you can get. Draft at the Funky Buddha 3rd Anniversary. Snifter. Pours a very dark, thick, opaque pour with thin off-white head. Aroma is strong with bourbon, meat, roasted malts, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is powerful with bourbon, oak, thick malts, spices and brandy. Full body. Flavorful, spicy finish. Just so good. Period.
GothGargoyle (2469) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Borefts, thanks! Black with a small head. Aroma is coconut, chocolate, vanilla. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Taste is coconut, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla. Yummy.
77ships (8391) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THX! for the sample of this gorgeous rarity. 75 cl. bottle, yellow wax, no idea of the bottle nr. Black with a mocha rim. Nose is sweet molasses, light spices, chocolate, vanilla, touch pepper & warming what I assume is apple brandy. Taste is sweet molasses, huge vanilla, wood, I am even getting even coconut, sweet berries, caramel, very creamy chocolate, cocoa, warming. Creamy rich & decadent. Very good & completely different from the Stranahan which I have also had, Stranahan was a touch better even if this is still an incredible beer, so good.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Original review (2012-07-16): Gloops from the bottle as any Zhukov-based brew should. Tremendous roast in the nose with brandy and caramely notes. Lots of complexity here, though I wish it were more pungent.
Taste is marvelously complex with brandy, booze, vanilla, spice, and plenty more that end up dancing atop the delicious stout base. Chiles are mild, where they belong. The trademark Hunahpu’s chocolate, vanilla, and chile aftertaste gets a boost from the brandy as it tickles the back of my throat upon swallowing. Ultra-viscous body, as expected, and just amazing.
Ranks among the best stouts I’ve tasted. I could drink the whole growler!
crossovert (11608) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow wax. A very sweet stout, appley, the cocoa and spice mellow out substatially.
ryanfolty (2424) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. Another whale came swimming out of Joe’s cellar. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, spice and brandy. Thick and smooth on the palate. This lived up to the hype.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - JUN 26, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
bottle 36/68 dont know what happen here i was poured maybe an oz so i will factor that so i was late getting to the tasting it was now room temp which in this beers case shouldnt be a problem so poured a silky jet black dark tan lacing nose was cigarette butts and some boozyness thats it taste was an ashtray i somewhat can say either this wasnt keep right or someone is messing with me
knickskicks (1160) - - JUN 23, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Growler pour at a tasting. Black pour, tan head that disappears immediately. Alcohol legs, glass-staining lace. Nose is big apple brandy, spices, dark fruits. Taste is apple brandy barrel, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits. Syrupy viscousy mouthfeel. Held up incredibly well. Easily the best CCB brew I’ve tried & very happy to have gotten a pour of this.