Homer321 (5070) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2017
Bottle from jimmy clocks. Dark brown pour. Minimal head. Nose is moderate booze. Taste is light booze. Not super complex light alcohol. Decent. nimbleprop (8377) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2017
50cl bottle pours a murky brown/black with a ring of beige head. Nose has honey and dark candy, big booze, candlewax. Flavor is boozy, medicinal, heavy honey, anise. Boozy finish. weihenweizen (3825) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Refrigerated 12.7 oz. brown bottle poured into a cup. Black with very little beige head. Aroma is bourbon, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, and wood. charule (2268) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to StFun for FF league. Poured dark brown with tan head. Aroma strong straight bourbon barrel some sweet honeycomb char. Light carb med bod. Taste is pretty hot light char and a ton of bourbon. drsordr (2658) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose sweet malt, soy sauce, light roast, all in all sweet. Taste sweeter malt up front, then chocolate, honey, molasses and ends with cashew or nut. Thick mouth feel.
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..dark brown with a very thin tan head..aroma of
bourbon,vanilla,smoke,coffee,chocolate,honey,m of bourbon,
oak,coffee,molasses,vanilla,honey..littl on the sweet side but still good. dmac (6259) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
375ml bottle from Owen from BA. Poured a medium density pitch black with almost no head. Aroma, honey, bourbon, dark toast, cough drops, alcohol. Flavor, has a bit more alcohol than the aroma, sweet sugary breads, chocolate, earthy. Medium body, light carbonation, lingering flavor. Ed5388 (3478) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
375ml bottle shared by dmac. Pours a thinner looking black color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon, oak, syrupy caramel, dark chocolate, and sweet dark fruit. Taste of dark fruit, maple syrup, rich caramel/toffee, dark malts, oak, light bourbon, and cocoa. Thinner mouthfeel, abv well hidden. Solid DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2016
5oz on tap at Jackie-O’s production facility. Near-black color. Thin ring of khaki head. Leaves good webs of lace. Looks the best of the 3 dark beers I had here. Great dark chocolate, nice bit of roast, touch of coffee. Nice interesting complex barrel character. Nice touch of honey, biscuity malt. Some milk chooclate. Medium to bigger body, very mild slick, lighter carbonation. Nice touch of warmth on the finish, moderate-plus sweet, good moderate bitterness too. Fantastic stuff. Not as sweet nor boozey as I feared. 8/4/8/4/17 phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Update rate, 1/1/16: From the 10th Anniversary bottle. Pitch black color. Thin light brown head. Leaves some decent, but mostly loose lace. Head fades to a minimal ring. Great big roasty aroma, touch of coffee, some bitter dark chocolate. Touch of honey, it seems. Some very pleasant, big bourbon oak character. Bigger bitter taste, some alcohol heat. Drinks bigger than the stated ABV. Moderate sweet, light dryness to the taste. Bigger body, though a touch thinner than some of my favorite imperial stouts. Lighter carbonation. Mild slick, then drying finish. Enjoyable blend to sip on slowly.
Like everyone else, I wondered what the ’secret’ release would be at the 10th Anniversary extravaganza. I couldn’t believe this was it - the only Cellar Cuvee that wasn’t bottled, the only one I’d never tried before. I got my full bottle allotment and a couple draft pours at the Production Facility. It pours a deep, opaque cocoa brown with a small tan head that settles into a ring and lightly laces the glass. The Dark App base made it hard to distinguish from the Spirit Beast and Cognac Dark App, especially in appearance, but also in more subtle ways. But it became more apparent after the Cognac warmed that this was CC1, with rich notes of vanilla, mild roast, cocoa, honey, brown sugar, oak, pralines, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel that finishes sticky. Really nice and satisfying. I liked it better than the other two new releases, by a hair.