hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is an eddy of smoky bacon, vanilla, deeply roasted malts and modest acidity with a fruity component that was not evident in the other treatments. Medium to full-bodied and velvety with gentle carbonation. The dark, acrid flavor is of smoke, bitter chocolate, charcoal and black malt with a pronounced tart, vinous aspect missing in the other two versions. Finishes singed, medium bitter and moderately acidic. World class beer courtesy of Glouglouburp! Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle shared at The Kernel with Evin and Nate, thanks to Shaun. I was focused on enjoying this beer with the Kernel lads so didn’t focus on notes until the dust had settled, as it were. Some recollections, which don’t necessarily do the beer justice: Smokey nose. Wood and roast. Sweet flavor, notes of cocoa. Oily with some resin and dirt and earth. Unreal good. This was just a fantastic beer on every front. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy bubbly tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, caramel, oak and hints of the cab. Flavor of smoked malt, caramel, oak, nuts and light red wine character. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black/Brown pour. Aroma is slightly smoked wood, vinous notes abound,some light licorice and light cab. Flavor is bakers chocolate, much more tannic than the other incarnations, dry vinous notes. some light smoked meat, cocao powder, wood, Very dry finish. This is. GREAT. Damn. More subtle than the bourbon but damn, amazing. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
Deep black pour topped with a thick dark brown head. The nose is quite smoky with lots of sweetness. Subtle vineous barrel character. Cherry and fruit along with a lot of the same rich cocoa as in the bourbon-aged version. Unctuous palate. Damn - this is a great series.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s: Black pour with a strong khaki head. Unique smoky aroma with cocoa, oak, mild vinous qualities, very beautiful and unique. Silky smooth on the palate. Smoky, chocolaty flavor- dry, rich, complex, subtle oak... Amazing!! Travlr (24768) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Owen - thanks! This was my favorite of the series. Almost completely black. Aroma of campfire and ashtray, with flavors of chocolate and bitter cocoa. Great character and complexity. Heading in a good direction! hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
500ml bottle. Thanks Eric for sharing. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, smoked meatiness, dark fruits, roasty, wood, and ligther cabernet. Tastes of lighter smoke, chocolate, some dark fruits, lighter cabernet, wood, and some dark fruits. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Horizontal tasting. Epic black pour with a tan head. The aroma is far less bacon-like than the bourbon version. Lots of vinous notes- cabernet grapes are fully evident. Overloads of smoked salmon, kielbasa and campfire abound. A huge bitter cocoa nib profile also comes in powerfully. The flavor holds massive vinous notes- dark fruit makes much more of a presence in comparison to the smoke character. Dry oak tannins are very well placed. Cocoa nib and milk chocolate come through as well. The palate is rich, thick, silky, and supple with a finish of vinous tannic acid. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with a thin ring of frothy chocolate head. The head fades fairly quickly with nice lacing
S - Aroma is full of smoke and burnt chocolate malts. The red wine barrel comes though with some oak and a touch of rye.
T - Starts off with lots of smoke, deep roasted bitter chocolate, and some of the red wine barrel flavor. Through the middle some more oak comes through with some dark fruit, a bit of bacon, and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of smoke, burnt malts, red wine, oak, and touch of tannin.
M - Medium-plus bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a big smokey warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. The smoke is super strong here, but there are so many other bold flavors that it all works nicely together. The barrel also adds a nice dimension.