LarryBeast (616) - - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Deep, dark and aggressive. Thick and roasty, pours like intergalactic molasses. More coffee than chocolate, but with notes of sweetness and a hint of bourbon that helps carry the high alcohol content beautifully. I wish this wasn’t limited to just being a seasonal offering and am already marking off the days until next year’s version comes out.
UPDATE: 2013 was worth the wait. Dark fruits stand out a little more, as does the bourbon and the oak. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours black as night. Almost no head. Very rich malty aroma. Chocolate coffee and roasted malt. The flavour is fantastic as well. Very rich and bold. Complex with a very long finish. Coffee chocolate, fruit and licorice. I sure am glad I didn’t have to use the deflector dish to open this singularity. Whatup14 (1966) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Bouteille 660ml, gracieuseté de lupulist, Thanks Mark! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka fuyante laissant une dentelle éparse. Arôme d’alcool, café, malt torréfié, boisé, cacao, crayon de bois. Goût de malt torréfié, café surtout en fin de bouche, boisé, chocolat noir, alcool (quoi que bien camouflé), noix. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, collante. Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Big chocolate and barrel, heat noticeable at the time. Hangs easily with other big imperial stouts. manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
nearly broke my glass this beer is damn dense poured it black as black then let it sit for about twenty min came back crawling with crazy smells of wood and bourbon, vanilla, roasty low carb slight bitter at first then i got into it and every sip gives you a different taste then you get the vanilla coffee maybe or dark choc. GOOOOOOOOOD BEEEEEEER
crossovert (12614) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
Smooth, but big and bold. Bourbon comes through but it is the huge choclate stout base that wins. fiulijn (20372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2016 JefVerstraete (3304) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2017
2016-09-11, same vintage (2013), 3+ years old, 8-4-9-4-18+43
The age has mellowed out this brew, has softened the edges, without weakening any trait; sweet dark chocolate with bourbon, leather and tobacco. Warming alcohol.
2013-11-15, Winter 2012/2013, vintage 2013, one year old, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Pitch black color, small head. Strong aroma of roasted malt, whiskey barrel, raisins, light vanilla, some alcohol, tobacco, leather; complex. Thick and heavy body; round mouthfeel; it has a strong flavor of roasted malt and chocolate; the vanilla and Bourbon is very strong too; it has some liquorice and leather; medium to strong bitterness, with sharp alcohol presence, yet not boozy.
Bottle vintage 2014 from a trade. Many thanks! Dark black colour, brown foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Heavy, full body. Nice warming sipper. Gerbeer (3676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 650 ml bottle.
Original rating for 2012 vintage sampled Sept/12:
Pours black with very little head. Aromas of smoke and dark chocolate powder. Smoky light bourbon flavor with underlying dark chocolate and black coffee notes. Alcohol present but in keeping with the bourbon taste. Nice. Much better now that it’s aged for a bit.
Again for 2012 vintage sampled May/13 - Much richer though still hot. Additional toffee notes.
2015 vintage sampled Feb/15 (12.2%) - Pours black with slight tan head. Aromas of licorice, ash, roasted barley and alcohol. Flavors carry same with dark chocolate and light bourbon. Very hot. Probably the hottest to date - possibly overkill - but will need to cellar and see. 8/4/9/3/15
2017 vintage sampled Feb/17 (13.2%) - Pours black with short tan head. Aromas of dry dark salty chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, vanilla, light coconut, a little licorice and lots of dry roasted malts. The best yet. Cannot notice the ABV which was always present on previous years. Bourbon is also very slight. 8/4/9/4/17 DutchDrebus (5938) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Pitch black, small brown head. Smells chocolate, sweet, muffin.. Amazing. Tastes liquorice, sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, ash. Full body, silky, soft carbo.