slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"had this is a tasting that may have been stacked against it a little. had it after the base beer, but before brandy vanilla dark lord, which kick this beer’s arse. the barreling here actually thined out the base beer a bit, but the apple-ish brandy component was a nice addition to the fairly traditional russian imperial underneath."
nimbleprop (8377) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle #231/240 thanks to alexdad06. Pours an oily, opaque black with a ring of beige head. Nose has a big of booze, cherry, quite a bit of vanilla, heavy molasses, some licorice, plenty of wood, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, molasses, a little apple pie, caramel. Super smooth finish. Doing well. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
If this is 2011, like the bourbon barrel version we just drank that held up nicely, then it may have died, not sure. Pours beautifull black as night with a big creamy beige head. Aroma has died, not much more than the perception of a wild yeast. The body brings a creamy stout with some fruity malt flavor and not much more on the backend. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle 214/240. Trade with Heyta. Cheers. Pours black with a small creamy beige head and lacings. Roasted nose and flavor. Lots of rum n raisin alongside chocolate, caramel, coffee and charcoal like notes. Sweet and sticky. Oily as well. Late warmth. Really nice sipper! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bomber, 2011 vintage, #21/240. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, spotty dark beige head. The aroma was very sweet, with warm brandy, chocolate, vanilla, and more rich vinous notes leading.. oak, vanilla, and peppery notes stick around the back of the nose for a really long time.. warmth brought out a lot of tangy character. The flavor found a huge dose of jammy fruit and oaky brandy barrel the whole way through.. toasted chocolate, biscuity notes, and burnt coffee supported, but struggled to balance out the strong, tangy barrel.. finished tart with a lot of brandy barrel over sweet, tasty cocoa and coffee. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. too much barrel initially, but it balanced out a lot better as it warmed up. Good stuff.
jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle tasted at Oxford Tasting Nov 2012. Dark pour with a nice tan head. Brandy very present in the aroma, along with Nutella spread and vanilla. Sweet but the roast elements make a good balance, and a big alcohol punch. I like. VsXsV (4438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of oak, coconut, licorice, chocolate, butter and biscuit. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of oak, chocolate and licorice. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Better than the rum/vanilla version. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer is dark brown with a finger of tan head. The aroma is quite nice and complex, with brandy, oak, and roast. The flavor brings vanilla and oak with some booze and barrel notes. I seem to like this brew considerably more than my esteemed cohorts. The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish has a subtle harsh kick with some booze notes. Overall, I thought this complex, tasty, and interesting. I would have it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-20-2011 Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Shared this guy in line at DLD. Bottle # 52/240.
A: Pours a dark black with a thin tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to thin ring and leaves some splotches of lace along the edges of the glass.
S: The brandy barrel shines giving this beer an extra layer of sweetness. Sweet brandy, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some light oak.
T: Sweet brandy, some oak, a little butterscotch and caramel sweetness. Both bitter bakers chocolate and milk chocolate with a just a bit of roasted malts and vanilla on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The finish is roasty and sweet, but not drying at all.
O: The brandy barrel takes a slightly above average beer and turn it into a great one. I really enjoyed the sweetness from the barrel. Would like to have again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-06-2012 anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody weak vanilla aroma. Roasted malty woody sweetish chocolate and vanilla flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody chocolate and vanilla finish.