DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours super thick and dark like motoroil with dense brown head. Smells vicious and thickly chocolaty with notes of tobacco and fig. Smooth, cashmeresque body...soft malty flavors of chocolate with a slightly wine-like edge and notes of plum and fig, soft wood...not a very aggressive beer flavorwise, but this bottle is prolly a year old, right? I donít know how often this beer has been bottled...but regardless, I actually really like itís soft, refined, smooth approach and the subtle, yet intricate layers of dark fruit, chocolate, earth, and the tiniest but complimenting barrel character. Iím a fan of this...this is nicely soft and relaxing while at the same time, delivering a nice dose of alcohol. MrsRickyisms (7) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011 does not count
Fell in love when I watched it pour. Super dark with a lovely creamy head. Surprisingly lighter tasting than its appearance. Chocolatey and malty. Overall very smooth, not overwhelming and I enjoyed it. McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Black with with a brown head. I didnít get a lot from the aroma. Dark chocolate, wood, bourbon and caramel, but it was hard to pick out. Flavor was better. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, crystal malt, and a bit of astringency from the barrels. I was hoping for more barrel character, but itís still very tasty. Full body with medium carbonation. Good beer. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle thanks Briank. Black pour with tan head. Creamy, chocolate roasted vanilla. Very nice aging, Abv isnít over the top oxidation hasnít killed this. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
It took awhile to track a bottle of this down. Many thanks to daknole for sharing! Pours charcoal black with a trim beige head. Brimming with notes of cocoa, leather, whiskey, and vanilla in the aroma. Tastes of additional notes of tannins, dark fruit, and a hint of cream. Extremely balanced for itís depth. Worth the wait.
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle at home, savored out of my Maudite glass. Pours inky black, thin dark tan head, poor lacing. Nose is tart - red wine and tannin predominate, along with wisps of oak, vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. Some real coffee bean notes here as well, a light touch of brandy, though the beer doesnít smell particularly "hot". Carbonation is moderate to soft, with a heavy, silky mouthfeel. Some alcohol is perceptible in the finish, but not before. Flavours of vanilla (The barrel character is much more expressive in the mouth, than on the nose), oak, tart dark fruit (currants?) and graphite. Very well balanced, and while slightly boozy, is otherwise impressive in both its weight, and its restraint. A very well-done effort. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted in August 2011 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade, it looks like it was bottle in the first week of August, but no mention of the year. I know this one has been in the cellar for a while, though, so the youngest it could be is 2010. Pours thick oily black with a thin brown head that slowly recedes to a thick collar of lace. The nose is lightly creamy with tons of dark chocolate, molasses, oaky whiskey, slightly vinous, coffee, and light vanilla. The flavor is very dry and roasted with red wine, vanilla, whiskey oak, dusty dark chocolate, molasses, and burnt marshmallow. The body is massively viscous with just lighter than average carbonation, and a super long coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla oak finish. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Strong aromas of plum and chocolate. Unbelievably smooth for the alcohol level and barrel agings. Very full mouthfeel and great complex notes from the barrel. I loved this beer. 50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a mocha head. Aromas of caramel malt, chocolate, and molasses. Black coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, booze, and oak. Scopey (14519) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle at Angís birthday tasting, thanks to Grant. It pours opaque black, with a thin dark tan head. The nose is salted caramel, chocolate, toasted coconut, alcohol, vanilla and coffee. The taste is coffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and wood, with a light sweet, roasty finish. Full body, creamy mouth-feel and fine carbonation. Good balance and well executed.