zizzybalubba (1870) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2011 375 mL bottle purchased 1 year ago from South Bay Drugs (replaces an earlier review from GABF 2009). Pours black with a short khaki head. Swirling the glass leaves a slick residue on the side. The aroma is of bourbon, alcohol, and dark fruit. Incredible flavor of vanilla, oak, espresso, booze, dark chocolate cake, and coconut. Very strong alcohol presence. This is an exceptional beer. drjay44 (3714) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Draft at 2009GABF. Pours a thin short lived head over a dark, brown/black (SR 38) clear body.....nose is loaded with, coffee, chocolate, coconut....taste is similar, with loads of coffee, chocolate, coconut, finishing with a medium hop bitterness....mouth feel is thick and rich, carbonation adds to the creaminess. An excellent example of what can be done with balanced big forces. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2009
2007 pours black. aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. mouthful is enjoyably full with the roasted malt followed by some bourbon, vanilla, bitter chocolate. finish lingers enjoyably :D skortila (5875) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2009
Bottled. Tnx Menno! Aroma has coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dark and dried fruits. Black coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is sweet, vinous, bitter, has fruits, chocolate, oak. Very strong and powerfull. Great brew. caesar (7162) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2009
Bottled, shared by Menno. Pitch black color, short head. Aroma is heavy of roasted malt, coffee, chocolat, alcohol, liquor, some cask notes, bit vinous. Strong taste, big malted, bourbon, oak, hint of vanilla, slight alcoholic. Lovely brew, but it’s 2 much to drink for a starter :-)
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2009
this beer has too much to talk about. this beer needs your time and your undivided attention.
coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, OAK, fig, whiskey, toasted grain, OAK
changes and grows and changes some more. We laughed and cried.
Only thing keeping it from a 5 was the slightly out of balance oak. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Pours black, little to no carbonation and it didn’t need it. Nose is HUGE bourbon, big roasted malt, dark fruits, raisin, leather, vanilla, wood and cocoa. Flavor is sweet bourbon, roasted grain, slight smoke, vanilla, fig, big oak. Bad ass beer. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Smells and looks like a SA triple bock bit is much better in terms of flavor and the smoothness. Lots of soy and chocolate and bourbon. 08 bottle so it actually had some carbonation instead of being flat. dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2009
08 bottle via trade w/bman1113vr. Pours thick and black with a thick dark tan head. Huge aroma, lots of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate malt bursting all over the place. Thick silky smooth body with more of the chocolate malt vanilla bourbon in the flavor. Just a good thick chewy good beer. ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Nose is soy, vanilla, dark toast barrel, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, bourbon, syrup. Taste is the soy sauce, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, burnt oak. Nice sticky mouthfeel and medium long finish. Very good for Asa. Pours a dark mahoganey color that is almost opaque body and minute beige head.