neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Had this on tap this weekend (1/15/11) as a "breakfast beer" (with food of course!) at Humpy’s just before going to the GABBWF. What a surprise treat! Colour...imagine black fountain pen ink with a tan head! Nose... not much of Belgium here but lots and lots of dates, raisins, currants and bittersweet chocolate. Palate...man oh man! This may not have much CO2, but this beast more than makes up for it with this raft of flavours....Don Pedro Ximenez sherry, Medjool dates, dark raisins, black currants, treacle, deeply roasted malts, Christmas pudding, dark loam, intense booze, crushed vanilla beans and a finish that does not quit. This has done very well with age, even if it doesn’t seem all that Belgian-like. What a wonderful, and rare, on-tap treat! GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
651mL courtesy of savnac. Thank you for all your hard work in acquiring this! The pour is jet black ink into the snifter generating a demonic, ominous, Martian red, thick head of foam with excellent retention and big lace. It looks like what BCS would be if it ever generated a head. The aroma is spicy, meaty, lots of spicy oak. But the majority of the nose is dark fruit forward (raisins, dates). As it warms it opens up into red wine reduction, flank steak, charred meat, roast, tobacco, spicy alcohol, Chianti red wine notes, even slight balsamic robustness. Wildly complex and rich. The taste is laughably superior to Berserker (one of my favorites but the bottle we had next to the Sloth was just too raisin heavy). There is dry wood, sweet maple, big roasted steak, dark chocolate. But as it warms the dominating taste is 100% rich, dark chocolate mousse and ganache. Just wildly rich baker’s chocolate that I can’t get over...more than any other beer I’ve experienced. There is even a hint of spicy chili that you would get with artisanal dark chocolate. Fully attenuated, dry palate. It seems like this is what Hunahpu should have been. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Over three years old and still dominating.
Thick black pour with a nice dark tan head. Aroma of raisins and light roast. Some fruit. Very sweet flavor. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roast with a big alcohol finish. Bitter and hoppy at the end. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Fairly nice nose, lots of dusty chocolate, some dark fruit, some coffee and a touch of licorice. The taste is quite sweet, some bitterness, with lots of milk chocolate, lots of plum and prune, lots of acidic chocolate and some earthy notes on the finish. Good, not amazing, though the aroma was very inviting. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle:   Black, moderate foamy head, brownish, few rings of lacing.   Rich roasted malt nose, slightly sweet, some minor dark pitted fruit and cocoa.   Smells really good.   Smidgen of alcohol.   Sweet malty goodness up front, loads of graham cracker and roasted malts.   Belgian aspect is only that its not heavy but a bit airy.   Little to no hop bite.   This is all malt, roasted at that as well as strong graham cracker.   All it needs is some Bourbon Barrel characters and I am sure it would be a top 50.   As is, great and very easy to drink.   I was skeptical when I poured it, but wow was I surprised.   Malty, sweet, roasty, flavorful, and clean.   Great stuff!   Little bit of a tangy twang with some dark pitted fruit, that on top of a deliciously rich Imperial Stout.   Thanks Jeff for this treat!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #93. Jet black pour with a dark brown head. Sweet dark fruit aroma, very rich and glorious. Light roast and a bot more sweetness. Freaking glorious. (1414) Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours a menacing black with a moderate, creamy brown head. Roasted, dark malt aroma with candy and faint hops. Quite sweet with more dark malts, along with licorice, raisins, caramel, Belgian sugar and some chocolate. Modest bitterness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes rich and sweet with lingering cocoa maltiness and some boozy warmth. Excellent. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
A: The pour is nearly flat, thick, and black as night. Essentially no head with a few scattered bubbles.
S: Tons of sweet milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and just a hint of coffee. As it warms up, a touch of figs, raisins, and miscellaneous dark fruits.
T: The flavor of this beer is just so smooth and rich. The whiskey and vanilla come through strongly and give way to sweet chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The oak makes itself known at times, and there are some dark stone fruit flavors on the back end.
M: Really exceptional in terms of the feel. Nice and smooth, creamy, and full bodied.
D: An absolutely fantastic beer all around. I wish I had a bottle of this because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my few samples of this. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 Had again end of 2011. A few quick notes, lots of rich cake like flavors, notes of fruit in back with some ashy malt in middle. Bright flavors, balanced and complex. Rating based off of most recent tasting.
Big thanks to Jeremy for the tasting on this one!
A-pours a viscous jet black liquid with a dark tan, bubbly head that lingers for a moment leaving no lace.
S-the nose is quite nice, notes of chocolate and lots of savory fudge, light touch of oak with a solid dark fruit presence in the back.
T-lots of milk chocolate and vanilla, good roasted presence with dry oak accompanied. ripened dark fruits add sweetness and vinous characteristics with a touch of belgian yeast and a light smoked peat moss behind.
M-very soft, smooth and silky on the palate with a full body that avoids being heavy yet not thin as many barrel aged beers can become.
D-huge flavors that blend perfectly together and brings such complexity. the barrel aging stands up just right leaving a full body with the soft belgian feel. awesome beer! MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Sent to me by timmcd. Shared with the masses at RBWG.
A: Pours a nice dark black with a small tan head. No real retention or lace.
S: Aromas of deeply roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Mild woody notes with an alcoholic kick.
T: Very much like the aroma. Wonderful bold flavors. Nice roast with a coconut macaroon like sweetness. Chocolate and coffee are there in a big way with some vanilla and barrel notes. Hints of raisin and a bit of booze round things out.
M: Medium in body, smooth and tasty.