j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2016
At James’ for his 12k tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Soy sauce, roast, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, warm alcohol. Medium-bodied, soy sauce, umami, roast, wood. Warming alcohol on the finish, caramel and bourbon, more soy sauce. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2016
YUM. This was nice, I normally dont go for the very strong ones but this one is a great balance of intense barrel contribution and base beer. Lots of bourbon barrel flavors and roasty base. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2015
2015 bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep black color with a light brown head. Extremely hot, but wonderfully thick and fudgy. Excellent beer, but I can only imagine what some age would do to this. Thanks Jerome! ineedbeer (2229) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Poured from a 2015 bottle.
Aroma is rich with lots of chocolate as well as some dark fruit notes with plum, prune and raisin. Some medium light brandy and bourbon notes with hints of oak. Light vanilla and roast notes.
Pours black with a small, medium thin, dark mocha head that recedes quickly and disappears. No lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with quite a bit of chocolate and some slightly lighter roast notes. Moderate alcohol heat with some bourbon and brandy notes. Light vanilla notes with some faint oak. Medium light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but it lacks any vanilla character or even chocolate for that matter. Flavor and aroma is dominated by the barrel character. It’s a good beer, but its hot and the adjuncts don’t show through at all really. _angst_ (4810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours black with a small mocha head leaving both some sparse trace and prominent legs on the glass. Smell is intense, malty, fruity and boozy with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, butterscotch hard candy, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, raisins in rum, dried cherries, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty, malty, fruity and boozy. Mouthfeel is fat, oily, viscous, round, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, roasted coconut, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, ammonium chloride, raisins in rum, fruity slightly dry sherry, minerals and brandy/bourbon alcohol. Compared to the regular version this almost feels dry. Reminds me of a complex sherry. More sophisticated than the original but also more challenging requiring more time and consideration to appreciate. Tasty but I think I prefer the simpler decadent original.
PhillyCraft (7707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle at VT campground session. Pours black with a light brown head. Light lacing. Smell and taste of rich bourbon, dark chocolate, dark malt, licorice, brown sugar, and misc dark fruits. Not overly hot at 14% somehow. Layered with flavors, maybe a little too sweet but what do you expect with this style and the ingredients. Body is medium to full with light carb. Very nice. rxeight (3216) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2015
12 oz bottle. 575/1209. Light spirit. Brandy flavor without the Brandy boozy. Oaky. Woodsy. Very smooth, especially for the claimed 14.8%. Full body although the carbonation seemed a bit light. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015 Bottle. Pours black tan head - Nose/taste of brandy, bourbon, maple syrup, oak, baked brownie, chocolate and vanilla - medium body. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with a touch of tan head. Heavy dark malt aromas, heavy barrel aromas. Dark chocolate, brandy, bourbon, sweet tones and vanilla sweetness. 50belair (3679) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a fleeting brown head. Dark brown pour sweet chocolate and caramels bouquet. Sweet with big caramels, booze, chocolates, vanilla, and oak. Good mouthfeel. A bit think the body.