crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Pint on tap. Opaque black with a medium but brief tan head. Aroma of dried pit fruit and bourbon. Flavor is heavy on the bourbon barrel, brandy and prune and rasin, some booze heat (but that is expected at this strength) and more subtle flavors of roasted malt and molasses. Initially quite overwhelming, but improves as it warms, making a very enjoyable, flavorful, and balanced strong ale. Nitrogenx (1) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012 does not count
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, alcohol, bourbon
Appearance: brown w/ red edges, minimal tan head
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, some bourbon, chocolate, caramel, but mostly solvent
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, astringent
Overall: Too boozy, even for 12.5%. Solvent taste prevalent. Better as it warms, but still cannot recommend. May improve with time. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Shared at 375ml bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy brown color, with an off-white head. Aroma was brandy barrel, with notes of dark, dried fruits (raisin, plum). Alcohol is present, so good thing I only had a little bit. A bit boozy. _angst_ (4810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle bought through Brill & Co. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that quickly dissipates while leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is rich, sweet and very tiny sour with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate and hints of freshly cut grass. Taste is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, liquorice fudge, vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, dark honey, coffee and hints of orange zest and pine. Mouthfeel is intense, smooth, slightly boozy, velvety and full bodied. Finish is sweet with roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, wood and bourbon. Incredible beer! sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
bottle courtesy of and shared with _angst_
Brune/cuivrée, col léger moka, huileux sur le verre.
Arôme est divin, comment décrire tout cela, note de bourbon et brandy sont vraiment là où il faut. Reste poudreux, note de chocolat, caramel et vanille sur un puissant côté de barrique.
En bouche, bourbon et brandy sont une pure joie orgasmique pour le palais, le tout est réchauffant, soyeux et crémeux, avec des notes de café, caramel, chocolat, moka, vanille le tout formant un élixir divin. Difficile de déposer le verre, le tout se déguste pendant de longues heures. Vraiment un pur bonheur.
JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Shortlived, small head; intense red-brown, near black beer. Punch-in-the-face liqueurish spirit nose with Bourbon, whisky, brandy. Further raisins, raisins on alcohol and mandarines. Sweet, alcoholic, tad lactic like double cream, vanilla, maltbitter (chocolate). Fiery in the finish, thick and ultimately viscous. Hot alcoholthroatburn. This is... brutal. And totally good. nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle pours black thin head. Smells tastes of bourbon wood caramel booze some soy sauce dark fruit. Not bad kind of hot. Pretty good gnoff (10793) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
12.7 fl oz bottle consumed on May 4, 2012. Thanks to _angst_!OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Clear dark brown to black color, small brown head. Alcohol, wood, sweet, fruity, berry scent. Chocolate, alcohol, sweet taste. Chocolate aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. When warming up, loads of vanilla comes through.
Bottle from Carny77. Good aroma, sweet. Roasty, fruity.coffee, cherry, grape. Dark Orangy brown color. Ok head no lace. Sweet Flavor. Medium body. Oily creamy smooth mouthfeel. Dry sweet, tad hot finish. Pretty tasty, flavor best part. Very rich. Like flavor tad more than aroma, but not by much. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty bourbon and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty bourbon vanilla flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty bourbon vanilla and chocolate finish.