Baran (5) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2012 does not count
Black with a tan head.
Lots of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate
Tastes like it smells, lots of coffee, roasted malts, a nice bitterness.
Really big beer. Just glorious. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
great beer, tons of vanilla, caramel and chocolate show up over a solid rosty background. typical h&v body and mouthfeel, top notch. a very fantastic beer. Koelschtrinker (21318) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
Intensiv cremiger Malzantrunk mit hoher Süße, Kaffee. Intensiv, harmonisch, wie bei vielen starken De Molen Bieren tief malzif und harmonisch bis ins Detail. /13/12/13//13
ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Dark as night pour. Thick head. Tastes of licorice, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Tried at BBF, 2011. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle 563 of 666. Undoubtedly, the best balanced and visually stunning with a thin and whispy latte head. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, oak, char, vanilla, and raisin. Even a little rauch quality. Rich fudge, brownie, and pure vanilla extract in addition to cognac, brown sugar, and wood. Chewy mouthfeel. Really good.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Nip bottle, #348. Poured deep brown, but not nearly black, with a short-lived yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up burnt black patent, dark chocolate, and what I suppose Blake would say creosote maltage, with rich, deep vinous and black peppery accents.. warm with a lovely deep vein of sweetness.. I love the underlying brew, and the cognac treatment did nothing but help. The flavor opened with warm, syrupy chocolate and black patent maltage again, accented by vanilla, deep vinous notes, black pepper, and a touch of clove.. dry and oaky with some malty tartness on the finish.. excellent! Heavier-bodied and syrupy on the palate with lower carbonation.. warm, but never too hot.. balance was near-perfect. This was a fantastic brew! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Small bottle shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, thick with legs, showing some brown ruby edges that show some light. A small frothy brownish head dies to tiny ring, no lacing, just legs. Aromas are rich coffee and mocha, lots of rich flavors showing some oak, gentle whiskey, coconut and vanilla. Rich mocha, roast and sweeter malts beneath. Touches of spirit, some rich roast, coffee, and dark fruit dances in with oak. Initial is fuller bodied, offering toasty malts and roast, mocha and coffee. Espresso, cocoa, and some vanilla dancing into oak, gentle coconut essence, some dark fruit plum, black cherry. Moving back into oak, some spirit heat lingers into the backend. Leaving a healthy roast, toast, and deep dark malt presence. Cocoa, roast, mocha, espresso, vanilla into the finish becomes more visible. Really nice lingering flavors, a full but not overbearing body and flavor. Lingering elements dance in a complex series, jabbing in and out. Finish leaves lingering roast, toast, cocoa, coffee, gentle oak feels. Top notch beer, leaving more base than the Wild Turkey and less barrel.. Though the barrel has it’s own gentle touch. Very nice.. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
6oz bottle courtesy of an in person trade done in the Netherlands... pours a smooth cola-like medium to dark brownish black consistency with less intense brown edges and roped with a minimal wispy light beige head... Coffee, roast, and molasses with smooth bourbon barrel notes. Tootsie rolls abundant with a residual sweetness to boot. Refined and not overly assertive from the barrel. Done just right... Flavors follow suit with a mild sweetness all around lasting well on through the finish. Interspersed notes of booze, moreso than the nose, with additional hints of coffee, roast, and chewy caramel. A little warm as I work my way through the glass. Body is medium in consistency with a mild level of carbonation. Smooth and silky all around. Definitely enjoyed this one. spkevin (440) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2011
Tap @ BBF ’11. Vintage 2011 version. Pitch black pour. A lot of coffee and liquorice. Very long aftertaste which seems to last. Very intense. Nice cognac hints. Some roasted malts and chocolate too. Just great! Holy (837) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2011
Pour courtesy of the DeMolen crew at BBF 2011 - thanks! The cognac really comes through - very nice!