TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
375 ml bottle courtesy of TheEpeeist and a trade long ago, probably our first. Thanks, Chris! 2008 bottle, I believe. Pours an inky thick black, opaque and murky, no light even on the edges, straight black with a dark brown big bubbly head that dies to a moderate layer, laces pretty well. Aromas are a nice layer of bourbon, wet oak, vanilla, not overly boozy, but a nice sufficient layer, letting some nice roasted malts shine through, a touch of chocolate and cream, good dark fruits of plum and raisins. Nice. Initial is full, a good feel for bourbon without getting annoying or overly boozy, as vanilla, oak, and a good bitterness grab the back end. Chocolate and creaminess, caramel, smoothed out, mixing with lighter coffee, roasted malts, and a full feel. This beer coats the palate, but doesn’t take a too heavy or syrupy of a body on. Reminds me vaguely of Capricho Oscuro Batch #2. Dark fruits slip in behind the scenes, raisins more now, a touch of cakiness, nut, caramel. Leaves a solid bitterness on the palate from roast and coffee. Carbonation is not a deterrent in this beer, as there is a good amount that gives a a nice body, light tickle on the palate that accentuates the roast and bitterness and dryness. Very nice.. as the bourbon isn’t dominant, but has a very synergistic quality to it. Touch of maple syrup. I guess I should have tried the base first though. Cheers! 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Rate from The Map Room, draft. Pours a dark brown near black shinny thicker cola color with thin frothy cream color fizzy head. Aroma is wonderful, rich raisins, great oxidation which I have missed in beers of late, sweet but not cloying, nutty, lovely bourban, hot finish but in a great way, rum-raisin, some dark fruit, really lovely, touch of licorice towards the finish. Long rich nutty rum raisin aftertaste that is just slightly ashy. Full bodied, lighter side though, smooth and creamy, avoids being heavy, and also avoids the sticky syrupness of regular viscousity, fine sizzling carbonation that improoves the beer without detracting. Maybe my favorite from Tomme. Fan-freaking-tastic. [This beer actually got more boozy and harder to drink as I drank, opposed to the other way around... I don’t imagine any of the bottles are as good as this is on draft] This beer honestly tastes like Haagen-Daz Rum Raisin ice cream! djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Pours out a flat black. Smellsi sweet and boozey. Taste is vanilla sweet oak coffee goodness. Very good flavors here chocolate, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, dark fruit, bourbon,oak and earthy flavors. Very good brew nice and smooth. Great stuff. jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2009
I couldn’t let this one sit around for too long it was calling my name. Worthy of a nice rating as this is a well made, well aged beer. Smooth, woody, oaky, vanilla laden, roasted malt, a touch of sweetness, and some great fruit flavors show off this beers complexity. Got some nice tan head that didn’t last for too long but confirmed a nice carbonation. Prune, molasses and vanilla aromas. Flavor of roasted malt and oak. Some vanilla again and a little tinge of whiskey peat. Finish is fruity and bittersweet like cocoa and coffee. Good stuff. Embrouille (2853) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2009
Bottled 375ml. Vintage 2009. It pours a very dark beer with no head. Almonds, alcohol, pralines, a lot of plums, raisins, faint acetone, Shōchū, walnut and vanilla in the nose. A lot of Shōchū and walnut showing up in the taste. Sweet. Full bodied. Almonds and acetone sneaking in. No carbonation. Licorice, mint, heather and walnut in the finish which is very alcoholic. Rather dissapointing. I didn’t enjoy this beer that much.
adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 24, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours a black color with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of bourbon, malts, and chocolate cherry. Taste of chocolate malt, cherry, bourbon, and alcohol. Very nice and rich. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle @ HJ Hansen, Odense. Pours black with small bubbles on top. Nose is sweet of bourbon and roast. Lots of vanilla and oak. Low carbonation. A bit warm and slick. Taste is bourbon, coffee, vanilla and caramel. A barrel version that really works. Enjoying every sip of this complex masterpiece. Thank you God! Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Black Pour with a small tan head. Aroma is dark bourbon, vanilla, woody and sugary. Strong dark burnt caramel Malt character with some sweetness, loads of bourbon overtones and booziness. Powerful, Decadent, Thick creamy mouthfeel. a dry vanilla sweetness at the finish. Grandiose oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Black massive pour with a very small brown head. Aroma hige amounts of bourbon and vanilla with every dark sugar facet covered. Imperial porter with huge amounts of sweetness- reminds me of LA Angels Share but more heavily malt-oriented and a bit less sweet. Flavor is quite similar to the nose with dark fruit, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar coming though powerfully. Palate is rich, thick and amazing. Velvety and smooth. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Tap, at The Publican. Pour is total blackness with a very thin/ non-existent brown head. Aroma is simply wonderful: roasted malt, dark fruits, plum, light spiciness, coconut, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and very light alcohol. it smells way too good! Flavor is vanilla, fruit, wood, light bourbon, very creamy chocolate, smooth coffee, and a lightly peppery/ alcohol finish. Just amazing.