tsd08460 (1243) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2017
500 ml bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes
Aroma: butter, bourbon, caramel, woody, roasty, chocolate, coffee
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Tasty, but I would prefer a weaker butter taste/smell Sdaniel90 (1096) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 8, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2017 Bottle, 500ml. Edition: XIX. Opaque dark brown with a large, creamy light brown head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, coffee, butter. Surely a bit off? Full bodied, fizzy carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Strong roasted flavors with diacetyl undertones. Surely it’s gone bad somehow. Been reading similar reports for batch XIX of this.
Edit: Got in contact with North Coast and they’re claiming the diacetyl flavors are an example of "why barrel aged beer is so great". Won’t even own up to their mistake like Goose Island did with Bourbon County. I won’t be buying NC anytime soon. Percy0103 (777) - MEXICO - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle, 500ml. A drak beer with a small brown head. Odd aroma of butter, which is not pleasant. Taste is bitter with a malt character. Finish also feels odd. Seems to have been gone bad. I had read reports of problems with this batch and I’m afraid this is one of them. gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle (Vintage XIX); pours black with a mocha colored head; aroma is dominated by chocolate and vanilla with hints of wood and bourbon; taste is rich chocolate and vanilla with bourbon and some hints of wood; finish is dry and chocolaty with a hint of bourbon and vanilla; excellent beer drsordr (2868) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Vintage XIV bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose toffee, burnt caramel, almost roasted nut, light vanilla, and hint of barrel. Taste red fruit, bitter chocolate, caramel and toffee, and light barrel. Mild alcohol late palate.
Alpha10 (830) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
2016/12/30 - XIX vintage. Pours jet black with a frothy tan head that slowly reduces and leaves minimal, spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy toffee, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, light bourbon and rich chocolate. Taste is toffee, mild coffee roast, oaky vanilla, smooth aged bourbon and chocolate cake. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with smooth carbonation and a moderately sweet, warming finish. Exceptionally smooth. Bourbon aroma and taste is perfectly balanced. edgallow (4477) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee chocolate and toffee. Very good beer jandd1983 (4604) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle - XV. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma with more coffee, malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and some wood. Good stuff. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with tan head. Mellow booze malts. Taste is malt with some sweet chocolate, bourbon alcohol boost as well. willisread (3651) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Vertical tasting which included XII, XIV, XV, XVI, XII and both XVIII versions. I’ll post the results from XII-XVII below. XII: Full bodied, chocolate nose, fudge brownies. Velvety palate. Abv hidden well. Smooth and rich. (4.3) XIV: Chocolate brownie, cacao nib, toasted caramel. Thin bodied. Boozy finish with a touch of oak. (3.8) XV: Leather, cigars, treacle notes, cacao nib, marshmallow. Body is thinnish with a warm boozy finish. Lingering bourbon brownies and Bailey’s. Most complex of the night. (4.5) XVI: Treacle nose with rich leather, s’mores & bourbon. Medium body. A touch of booze on the palate. Cinnamon, chocolate. Light body. Boozy end. (4.2) XVII: Dark chocolate, cacao nib, leather, marshmallow nose. Bourbon pecan pie. Boozy and warming but well integrated. Toasted coconut. (4.4) What a night!!