GRM (4141) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, savoured on November 21 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: bourbon, woody, roasted barley, alcohol, malt, caramel, light fruity, slight ink; mouth: bourbon, woody, roasted barley, alcohol, malt, caramel, light fruity, slight ink, finale in light brandy with presence of bourbon, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: superb and nicely balanced
Verre, 4 onces, en fût, durant le Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, savourée le 21 novembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : bourbon, boisé, orge torréfiée, alcool, malt, caramel, léger fruité, très léger encre; bouche : bourbon, boisé, orge torréfiée, alcool, malt, caramel, léger fruité, très léger encre, finale en léger brandy avec présence de bourbon, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : superbe et bel équilibre Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
On tap at FoBAB 2015. Pour is basically black with a very small beige ring. Flavor and aroma of caramel, toffee, prunes, oak, and belgian candi sugar. Finish is sweet toffee, cherries, chocolate, and booze. charule (2286) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2015
On tap at FOBAB 2015. Score and notes from notepad. This brew was extremely smooth. The easiest thing to drink all night. Poured darker brown with off white head. Aroms sweet vanilla light green grape. Min carb med bod. taste balanced sweet caramel malt candy. Art (3219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
On tap at FoBAB. Slightly opaque dark brown/burgundy pour without any head. Aromas of sweet vanilla and caramel. Boozy sweet taste. Dark fruit. Remeniscent of BA Flying Mouflon. rxeight (3218) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
On draft at FOBAB 2015. very oaky. Sweet. Caramel and raisins. Not very boozy. Happy to see this appear at fobab but a bit disappointed.
Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Tap at Route CBC, London. Brown/near black. Tiny ring of head. Aroma of cola, stone fruits and the barrel. Huge mouthfeel, big chewy texture. Chocolate and raisins in the taste. Barrel works well. Mainly sweet but some dryness. Pretty good but not really as good as I hoped. Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
Tap. Pours brown with tiny cream head. Aroma is a vanilla dessert bomb. Dense, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, raisins, vanilla vanilla, oaky, dark fruits, sweet grapes, brown sugar, booze and light tannins. Taste is really big. Sweet dense grapes, light wine, but oaky vanilla booze and light bitter tannins cuts through the heavy sweetness. Same as nose. So full and sirupy body, this is a dessert. teorn88 (7687) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 2, 2015
Keg at route CBC, London. hazy brown color with small beige head. Aroma is bourbon cocoa sweet and boozy with some red wine. Taste is big bold sweet boozy with more red wine bourbon vanilla red wine and tangy red fruits. Overall, great beer. NikkTwist (3303) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Draft at Monks Cafe. Spectacular! Opaque dark brown pour with just a slim tan ring. Broad rich barrel malt flavors. Complex range of dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Liquorice and vanilla beans. Dark chocolate cherry cordials. Raisin pie. Brandy and bourbon. Nice creamy element that hides the alcohol and smooths the finish to perfection. Hints of a wide variety of notes too numerous to mention. Milkier than the Deliverance. Way to easy drinking for all the huge flavors - not to mention the 12% ABV! One of my highest rated beers. Just spectacular! The_Osprey (8682) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
Cask gravity dispense at GBBF 2015. Black with a small tan head. Aroma is strong and boozey with molasses, fruitcake, sherry, solvent and raisins. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy booze, chocolate syrup, molasses, fruitcake, some yeasty bovril, liquorice dirtiness, astringent boozey finish. It’s a huge beer and it’s going to divide opinion. For me, it’s just too sweet and harsh to be great. Still, it’s very good.