djd07 (15704) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2017
15K rating. Bottle at Muckfest. Pours black with medium tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong roast, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit. Thick body, roast, fudge, light smoke, boozy but balanced, really enjoyed this. phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2017
Little bottle shared by djd07 - thanks again, DJ! Pours an opaque near black color with a tan head that settles into a ring. Massive layers of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, fudge, molasses, and a bit of soy. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, sweet, balanced mouthfeel. Decadent stuff. So rich. Drinks bigger than 9% ABV. Clownoisseur (488) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2017 Bottle at Akkurat. Hell yes! Finally! Pours pitch black, nice finger of khaki/brown head. Fades to nice lacing. Looks inviting....and I have been thinking of this beer for over a year! Personal hype aside, aroma is a bit muted. Hint of oxidation...but it fades as the beer opens. Malted milk balls, BIG anise/black licorice note, light vanilla, light oak, light bourbon/alcohol. Taste follows the nose. Light bourbon, medium chocolate, hint of smoke, medium berry tartness...raspberry, cranberry, cherry....light oak and light bourbon. Big anise/black licorice, as the nose suggests. Balances as it warms. Chocolate covered raspberry emerges. Light herbal/earthy hop note. Finished medium bitter, medium dry, light tart, light smoke, hint of leather, light tobacco, medium oak, light bourbon. All in all, a very nicely balanced beer, but can’t quite say top 50. Very pleased to have tried this....maybe better fresh? Would love to try the base beer/BA version someday to compare notes. JaBier (8316) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle sample at Muckfest. Thanks DJ! pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, dark fruits and booze. Malt and chocolate flavor with dark fruit accents before a bourbon finish. Great way to cap off Muckfest day 1. JStax (7242) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle shared at muckfest. The beer is a thick brown with a khaki head of foam. Big roasty caramel and toasty notes. Decent coconut. Hefty dark chocolate notes. Sweet roasty tones. Big body and medium carbonation.
Homer321 (5207) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle. muckfest. Leathery. Light oxidation. Lots of fruit and balanced. Well done and balanced. Lotsnofnfudge and fruit. Saeglopur (2383) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUN 14, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 250 ml bottle, bottled Dec. 2015, from a trade with GTH, many thanks for this gem! Werckmeister (3416) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 14, 2017
Black body, with a small, dense, coffee-colored head.
Aroma of dried fruits, cocoa, toffee, berries, coffee, honey, some wood, some liquorice.
Tastes similar, with the berries coming through a bit more and some booze.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium sweet, medium roasty, a bit dry, a bit alcoholic, with cocoa, wood, some coffee, some liquorice, some berries.
Tasty. Very smooth, with the typical notes of the style, which are very well balanced, supported by the subtly integrated berries, coming more through in the taste and especially as the beer warms up. Overall this reminds me more of an Imperial Porter (well the name says it...) and it’s not among my favourite beers, but still a lovely, smooth sipper, with a lot of subtle quality and a glad opportunity to try this.
0,25l bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, big thanks for this one. Some swedish stufff written on this one. I think it says brewed 10/2014. Bottled 12/2015. black color, small coffee colored head. smells earthy, licorice, bit joghurty, some flowery notes, berries. nice smell overall. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes earthy, peppery, berry notes, lightly boozy, bit cardboardish, light juniper, hints of joghurt. finishes dryish with notes of earth, berry notes and light cardboard. hmm, not bad but expected a bit more. Maybe a tad overrated, not a big fan on the balance. a bit harsh even. More like a traditional ale than an imp stout. Overall still rather good though. OminouSC2 (931) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2017
Bottle at Akkurat. Black color, medium sized brown head. Subtle and balanced aromas of honey, raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, bourbon, cacao and slight roasted, bitter hints. Taste of sweet raspberries, dark chocolate, alcohol, wood, honey, bourbon and slight hazelnuts. Very happy to have tried it. ctipping (2252) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2017
25 cL bottle. Black with very little by way of a head. Smells fruity, oaky, and chocolatey. Lots of sugar and alcohol. It’s an interesting nose, heavy on the barrel. I thought cherry at first, as the raspberry has almost no acidity. Tastes much more of raspberry. Sharp and a little tart. Bourbon has a much more distinct flavor. Dominates the flavor. Chocolate, licorice, very rich and boozy. Heavy and quite sweet. Really good, but I think the rarity and hype is building this thing up.