MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Black as night pour. Nose of chocolate, plums, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Slick, oily mouthfeel- love it! Flavors follow the nose, but more intense. Caramel, more vanilla & chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee. Coats the mouth & lingers in the palette. One of the great examples of the style. Really glad I can get my hands on this beer every year! freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2012 pours black with little tan head. Aroma of sweet syrup and grain. The taste is unbelievably smooth. A sweet marshmallow syrupy rich chocolate hits first with a softly roasted grain that lingers behind it and a bit of alcohol. The hops balance to perfection and mellow the heat. The oak is more in the noise but softens the blow and rounds the grain out to crate a super smooth beverage. There is nothing real crazy here but it is just super easy to drink and velvety, just about at perfection. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Growler @ 18th RG. Very dark with thin mocha head. Reminds me of warm maple syrup on pancakes with light roast coffee-maybe sausage. Tastes sweet, roasty, and bitter. Slick. baraciisch (3276) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Deep black in color... Aroma of licorice, oak, bourbon, roasted malts... Flavor is exceedingly complex, notes of vanilla, roasted malts, and dark chocolate... Delicious dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
From the first bottling. Pours thick and black with a small brown head. Looks rich. Nose is big vanilla, oak, light smoke, chocolate and toffee. Dessert. Taste is sweet with great bitter balance. Decadent. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy yet lively with magnificent alcohol warming. Incredibly heavy with a big aftertaste. This beer is amazing.
ganache (5955) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle. Pitch pour, leggy with a swirling light brown head. Heavy licorice and fruit, dark roast, above all, dominating whisky notes. Sweet and incredibly smooth in the mouth, choco picking up, slightly oily medium body with some burn and a warming mocha aftertaste. Really does the alcohol right! FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Finally decided to open the base beer from my very first trade - thanks bpgpitt10! 2011 vintage (batch 002) poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter:
Pours an imposing pitch black with barely an edge of deep red clarity. A finger of medium brown head sinks down to a stubborn collar, a swirling island of tan retains in the center of the glass. Thin lacing and obvious alcohol legs.
Big, beautiful bourbon character strikes the nose. Milk chocolate and vanilla, boozy raisin bits, a touch of caramel, soft wood character - such a complex smelling beer. Incredible balance and depth.
Holy fuck this is tasty. That great bourbon profile bites the tongue immediately... the flavors exist in complete harmony with one another. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, heavy wood, cocoa nibs, dark burnt chocolate, a bit of dark fruit far and away. Divine.
I’m glad I finally grew the balls to crack this open. What a great beer. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber. Poured very dark brown with a medium-sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Aroma and flavor of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee, bourbon, smoke, vanilla, lots of cherries and dark fruit ... and a bit of red hots. Hmmm. Anyhow, this is an exceptional beer. Long complex finish. Thick mouthfeel. Niko100 (2942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, oak, vanilla, some bourbon, & licorice; Flavor of roasted/burnt sweet malt, caramel/molasses, dark chocolate, hops, dark fruit, vanilla, and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; A bit sweet - but very good overall. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a lovely tan head which lasts for the duration leaving not much lacing. Nose is quite sweet with vanilla, molasses, oak and chocolate. Comes together nicely. Very, very sweet in the taste. Loads of vanilla with subtle hints of cocoa and bourbon. Nice beer, but a little too unbalanced and sweet. Still enjoyable