pictoman (1254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2017
Poured from 650mL bottle (bottled 8/1/16). Opaque dark brown with light tan head. Caramel malt with dried fruits, oak, light Pinot, hint of cognac and leather. A combo of some of my favourite beers creating a great, but not perfect blend. Some small room for improvement. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2017
Light brown, not much head, sweet sticky, boozy, mapley and nice syrup. Woody finish, tons of alcohol. fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2017
Bottle at Black Christmas 2017jbruner (5466) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2017
Dark color, near black. Caramel and alcohol aroma. Sweet malt flavor, with strong alcohol feeling and some sourness, boozy final.
Big but not very elegant.
Pours a deep dark brown from the bottle with hints of copper, bubbly tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to leave moderate lace. Aroma of big barrel vanilla notes, light dark fruit, molasses, and caramel sweetness. Taste is bigger on the vanilla barrel, bigger on the fruit, musty wine barrel, booze is definitely there, sweet barley wine base. Complex, intense, very good. mcberko (19869) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Nose is decadent and complex, with lots of red wine, dark fruits, liqueur and caramel. Flavour is elegant and complex as hell, with heaps of red wine barrel, liqueur, dark dried fruits and caramel. Nice oakiness to it, and a light warming effect that is never harsh. Just lovely stuff.
Jayb0 (1218) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2017
This is an insanely complex brew, in all of the right ways. Aromas are dark and layered, with fruit, malt and whiskey. The pinot wine character comes through up front for me while the malt and whisky tones dance around. Very long, warming finish. The massive ABV is not at all hot, just well integrated. A real "sipper" of a beer. cmacklin (1376) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2017
650ml waxed bottle. Pours an unclear dark brown with a ruby hue and a small, short lived, tan head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, chocolate, light roast, dark fruit, vanilla , oak, molasses, cognac and whiskey. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, vanilla, molasses, oak, cognac, whiskey and a hint of red wine with a dry, warming booze finish. Awesome, lots of complexity. A world class ASA.
ryanfolty (2655) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2017 August 11, 2017 - bottle from AV3. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head. Aroma was cognac, wood, whiskey, sweet and fruity. Taste was consistent with the aroma, but heavier on the whiskey than cognac. Finish had some subtle dry wine qualities. dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Head quickly fizzes away. Complex but too hot. Probably should have stashed this one away for a while, like I never do. Andrew196 (2040) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2017
Pours a murky burgundy, wispy ivory head. Aroma of wine barrels, cherry, molasses, a hint of a floral hop edge. Medium-full bodied. More molasses, wood, red grape peel, chocolate, caramel, cherry.... Super balanced and stunningly easy to drink for the abv.