kermis (11632) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Julienhuxley. Pours dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, vinous aspects, bourbon/vanilla behind with toffee, light roast and chocolate. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Light full bodied with moderate carbonation.
deanso (9516) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl bottle @THT courtesy of JulianHuxley.
Thick creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Nice subtle bourbon taste. Very smooth.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roast malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Full body, quite vinous, chocolate, dry, sweet end.
fiulijn (19647) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver; dated Jul 2013
Black impenetrable color with generous, light brown, compact head. Nice aroma, not too strong, but harmonious; vinous, with gentle roasted malts and a hint of smoke, dates and roasted hazelnuts. The mouthfeel is bold and smooth; quite strong flavor of roasted malts and roasted hazelnuts, with moderate residual sweetness, some dark chocolate, light acidity, and vinous character; more chocolate and red wine than oak barrel; luckily the roasted malts are not ashy; comforting alcohol: the final tends to be a bit nutty.
I don’t find roastiness and acidity to play a good game together usually; despite that, it’s still an excellent beer, with a high price tag unfortunately.
RickTheRick (944) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sombre et impénétrable, sa mousse est plutôt fugace. Des notes très sucrées et chocolatées accompagnent le boisé des barriques de bourbon. Il y a un petit quelque chose de fruité également. Cette impression fruitée se répète en bouche. L’alcool ne pardonne pas et à chaque gorgée, une vague de chaleur enveloppe les saveurs chocolatées et vanillées. Très soyeuse en bouche, presque pas de carbonatation, c’est divinement bon. Un aspect vineux s’est étrangement pointé en finale, question de complexifier le tout. Juste wow.
AgentAle (1572) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a sour and acidic one with a slight roastiness. Taste is a sweet rich maltiness with some roastiness at finish. Body is dark with a beige head that retains well.
Ferris (13199) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Oak and whisky notes, roast malts. berry and vanilla notes. Jet black and frothy brown head. Big whiskey notes, surprisingly milder and well rounded than the nose. You would have to be a huge whisky fan to truly enjoy this as that is the dominant flavor.
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, very bubbly. Head and lacing disappears quickly. Lots of coffee and alcohol. Caramel. Slightly oily in the palate. Another hit from a great brewer.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy, off-white head atop a black body. Nose is slightly sour, wooden and bourbon. Steep in flavour - very smooth, red wine, toasty malt and cocoa nibs. Thin finish. Very good.
DuffMan (9647) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very dark pour, super-lively tan head. Aroma is full of hard roast, bitter chocolate, some licorice, with a touch of funk. On the palate, the funk becomes more evident, not dominating, but certainly assertive. Nowhere near the proportion in Bellwood’s Donkey Venom for example, but it is definitely here, and whether it is an infection or not, it made the drinking experience highly pleasurable. Panning through other top-raters, there are a couple of ratings that describe a light sourness, so I’m not the only one. Interesting and cool. A lightly soured BA impy!