hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. The incredible, complex bouquet is a decadent marriage of big-time cinnamon and chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak, pouch tobacco and subdued bourbon. Full-bodied with a lightly oily mouthfeel and restrained carbonation. The flavor is first and foremost tangy, but also offers very nice essences of espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Mildly tart, mocha, lightly bitter finish. So much going on here, it’s almost overwhelming. I couldn’t drink a lot of this, but I can’t drink a lot of Cognac or 30-year-old single malt Scotch either. Drinkability does not always equal greatness. This is great. Thanks to sebletitje for sharing this world class brew! wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
pours a very dense ruby to opaque brown color with a small pour brown head. aroma has cinnamon coming through in a great way, along with a slightly acidic black coffee and plenty of roast, with a bit of heat at the end. the flavor is good with a nice spicy profile from the bourbon and cinnamon, some sweet barrel and body notes, and then a drying roasty finish. the body is good, could stand to be a bit thicker, just a touch watery and with a low level of carb. the cinnamon and the borbon with the drying roast and sweet film make up for it though. i think this will either get a good bit better or worse in abotu a year, we will see! nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle shared generously by daknole -- what a great name, you should totally put that on a license plate. In any case, this one pours a roasted black color with a nice tan head. Smells and tastes like cinnamon sugar and coffee. Reminds me of my Gevalia subscription. Dangerously drinkable. Hello, Jackie-O’s. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Pours unclear brownish black coffee with a small tannish ring for a head. Aroma has maintained the coffee and cinnamon after a few years of aging, awesome! Flavor brings a nice balance of sweet coffee roasted malts and some cinnamon candy in the background. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottled 12/2/2009 #120/156
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is roasted coffee, dusty dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple. The flavor is the same with the cinnamon more prominent, and plenty of pleasant roasted coffee bitterness. The body is full with medium minus carbonation and a long cinnamon, coffee, and dark chocolate finish.
Bottle. Pours black, with a small, brown head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and some cinnamon. Flavor is coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit. Medium body. Ends slightly tart. This should age well, but is still pretty good now. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22 oz courtesy of pantanap. Pours a dark pour, near black brownish pour. Near tannish head that dies to a film around the edges. Aromas are coffee, roast, and a touch of cocoa, faint booziness. Initial is coffee grounds, fruity, a touch of tannin? The beer is vanilla, caramel, a touch of creme brulee, the booze is hidden very well with a touch of liveliness. Tannin, and dark malt complexity. mar (5410) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle 11/156 thanks to bman1113vr. Deep chocolate brown with a cream head. Maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate on the nose. Great palate, flavor is leather, smokey malts, bourbon, and vanilla with a light alcohol finish. Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy brown head that diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, cinamon and alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet toasted malt flavor with a heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer. hopdog (12486) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
22oz bottle. 12/12 2009 54 / 156. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a small sized off white head. Coffee, cinnamon (lighter and not over-powering), wood, and just a trace of bourbon.