yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2010
RBWG. Dark thick pour. Aroma is bug right away. Alcohol, candy, plums, cherry and some wood. Hints of vanilla and roasted malts. Flavor shows the brandy more. Some alcohol but still pretty smooth. Sweet molasses and vanilla with some plums and berries with some wood. Overall pretty nice and big. A sipper. egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
[Draft @ Village Whiskey] Opaque black with a small, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, burnt wood, dark chocolate, some vanilla, dark fruitiness, and some alcohol. Taste of smoked malts, roast, bitter dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and light brandy, with more alcohol in the finish. Oak presence was so light it’s almost as if they used Brandy chips instead of a barrel. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tap at RBWG. I’m not too much a fan of brandy treatments, especially with stouts, and this is no exception. Though the barrel character was not particularly dominant, the pear and grape flavors of the spirit still clashed with the intense roastiness of the black malts. The whole beer feels off kilter, unable to find a comfortable place to sit and relax. There is a good bit of complexity going on, however, with grape, fig, plum, vanilla, sweet coffee, treacle. juiceisloose (1492) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft at the brewery. This is one pours an extremely pitch black color allowing absolutely no light in, and topped by a small dark brown head of foam. A few spots of lace stick to the glass. The aroma shows the base of the rich, dark chocolate malt to go with huge notes of candied apple, sweet caramel, and vanilla from the brandy barrel. Very enticing and sweet smelling. The flavor shows more of the dark and bittersweet chocolate up front to go with the candied apples, sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla. Barley roast and dark fruits add a nice compliment and balance things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and viscous with moderate carbonation and a nice warming finish. The sweetness is there throughout from the brandy barrel. Excellent brew, but I think I prefer the bourbon barrel version a little bit better. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2010
On tap during the Hunaphus release. Pours black with some red peaking through. Head makes a quick appearance, then leaves to some decent lacing. Caramel, coffee, dark fruits and a hint of brandy. Flavors much like the aroma. Full bodied with a velvety mouth feel. Awesome beer.
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
The smell is brandy, grapes, chocolate, wood, alcohol, complex, wine like, and nice. The look is black, dark, good legs, with a tan head. Slightly spirit like. The taste is awesome, wine, wood, alcohol, grapes, and brandy. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
Tap at RBWG 2010 at CCB. Pours a deep dark rich oily pitch black- with a nice frothy orangey brown head- some lace. Aroma is sweet- brandy barrel, light toast, oak, and sugary sweetness, also more fruity tones than the other versions- plum, sherry, dates, and figs with some pear- also ok roast and chocolate but seems to get covered a bit by the sweetness. Flavor is still roasty, earthy, leather, tobacco mixing with brandy sweetness and slight alcohol booziness, thick sweet malts, roasted barley, chocolate malts, and some burnt ashiness with sweet and fruity tones. Pretty good finish. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2010
RBWG. Draft. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Vinous with a modest brandy etoh body. Chewy dark fruit, very boozy with a mild raosty body the etoh simmers down as you get past the second sip, the coffee underlying of Zhukov’s IS are tamer, the opposite direction of my interests. A mild roast y slightly over bozzy IS thats flavor packed with brandy, chocolate, mild dark chewy fruit tones and a light roastiness. Nice. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle shared by Kan, thank you man! Pour is black and viscous with a layer of tiny bubbles intermingled with islands of large single layer bubbles. Aroma is sweet with molasses, hints of coconut, vanilla, figs, brandy, and roasted malt. Initially, flavor is roasty with hints of bleu cheese? Then vanilla, brandy, and a touch of chocolate take over. Finish is roasty with hints of coffee and a touch more chocolate. Really really good. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Handbottle. Thanks to gunhaver for the hookup... Pours a semi-viscous thick dark pour with reddish edges that started off with a thin dark khaki head that quickly evaporates.... Aroma of vanilla and coconut notes alongside some brandy apple notes and booze... Flavors are very smooth with sweet brandy notes, a touch of char and roast and silky chocolate. Very smooth and silky with a nice mouthfeel.