oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 10, 2012
From a 500ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Pitch black pour with a mountainous tan head that prevails throughout the glass. Oatmeal cookie and freshly ground espresso gives way to huge port like vinousness, hints of spicy rye, chocolate brownie, and a very slight hint of alcohol. The palate is thick and rich with caressing pillow effervescence and a dry chocolate-port like finish. An excellent variation of one of my tried and true favorites. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 YES! The perfect blend of vanilla roast and wine characteristics. This is incredible. I like this a lot more than damon, there is perfect balance here. Great job Shaun! Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle shared with Ernesto987. Pours black with large light brown head. Aroma is mellow coffee, milk chocolate, vinous notes, and light cinnamon. Taste is medium sweet with a lightly bitter finish. Flavors are intense and fantastic. Reminds me a bit of maple/brown sugar oatmeal with a subdued coffee element. The finish is very heavy port and spicy rye/oak which does a perfect job of balancing some of the sweetness. WINNER. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pour from a bottle into a glass gave a dark brown black color with a nice tan mocha head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee. Medium bodied with perfect mouthfeel. Flavors are immensely complex and delicious. Roasted smoky malt, dark roast coffee, vanilla, oak and in the background the Madeira wine from the barrel. Not overly sweet or sticky and finishes dry enough. Fantastic beer and one of my new favorite stouts! Leighton (21813) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - big thanks to Bruce! Pours oily black with a dense, small brown cap. Some deep, woody notes in the nose, hints of nuts, tangy dark fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor, rich and dry cocoa, burnt wood, light alcohol sting, perhaps some cherries and other tangy dark fruits. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Warming finish, some earthy bitterness, creamy chocolate, burnt wood, earth, baking cocoa. Delicious, balanced, layered. Just lovely.
GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
500mL thanks to djrn2 on BA. Pours inky with higher, red foam. Tepid pour still generates a slightly overcarbonated head. Lacing is nuts- super coating, webby. Martian rust red color. Awesome. Nose is savory, a lot of black crayon, tar, and au poivre peppercorn steak. A lot different than expected. Moves to charred figs, dates, raisins with flashes of soy. Complex, keeps you guessing. Taste up front is stickier sweet with a longer peppery finish. Dense body is cut by higher carbonation in the mouthfeel. Fatty steak with caramelized figs/gorgonzola bitter cheese combo as it warms. But there is also buttery, melted French dark chocolate truffle. The Madiera barrel manifests as a sweeter grape and then richer dark fruits in both the nose and taste. It’s initial sweetness in the taste gets killed by tar, bitter chocolate, and bitter gorgonzola/bleu cheese with density. Really a crazy, wildly complex beer that still falls clearly into the RIS category. RussianDragon (578) - - AUG 9, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a very dark brown color of prunes/near black with hues of dark cherry juice when backlit. Fading beige head moves to the edge, and pours nearly still. Aroma is riasted malt, light smoke, peat, whiskey, oak, dark fruits with prune, cherry, rye and light cinnamon notes. Flavor is same with coconut sweetness in addition to above. Full bodied with silky creamy mouthfeel, subdued carbonation, and sweet tobacco finish. Delicious. PhillyCraft (7582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle, massive thanks to Al, we’ve been wanting to get after this one for awhile. It’s not every day I can get a 4 year old hill tick that is still holding up beautifully. A Friend said she was tasting amazing right now so we decided to dive in. Pours deep black with coffee head and light lacing. Damn that’s some de Molen roast, fudge, bitter coffee, espresso, cocoa, soil, saigon cinnamon, and dark fruit. Medium to full body. Lingers for days. Only a touch sweet and I’m sure the extensive aging helped out with that. Fire. TaktikMTL (7874) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de chocolat au lait. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #4737) biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
500mL. Rating this for my husband’s bday since I hate rating. Pours deep black with good carbonation. Aroma is fresh coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon. Taste is molasses, steak fat, some of that bleu cheese GT is harking on about. Creme brulee, dark fruits from the Madeira, hazelnut. Palate is silky, dense, a tad too sweet for me. Balances out in the long, drier, bitter finish.