hman43 (1540) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2017
It pours dark brown with a brown head that had moderate head retention. It has aromas of roast, rye, whiskey, and some floral elements. Some citrus notes are present in the background. The initial flavors are a burst of roast, whiskey, and rye. There is also a strong hoppy element blended in that balances the presentation. There are also moderate citrus flavors. It has a moderately heavy body that has a creamy texture to it. In spite of the alcohol level, the overall presentation is smooth with alcohol warming that is not harsh or hot. Overall, for the amount of alcohol, very impressive with how well all the elements work together with a wonderful flavor and brilliant aftertaste. superspak (5507) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2017
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2016. Cork was nearly impossible to remove. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, dark bread, light coconut/dark fruits, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, roast/bready malt, bourbon/rye barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, dark bread, light coconut/dark fruits, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/roasted bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, dark bread, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, roast/bready malt, bourbon/rye barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming 11.6%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged black IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, roast/bready malt, bourbon/rye barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between all flavors. Great presence and balance of both barrels; without being being boozy, or overly tannic/drying. A really enjoyable offering. ryanfolty (2539) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2017
May 5, 2017 - bottle from AV3. Dark brown pour with large head that lasted. Aroma was hoppy, malt, sweet and whiskey. Taste was sweet with some whiskey and bitterness in the finish. Blairgus (4535) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2017
4 may 2017, bottle. Black. Nose is awesome! Meaty, red wine, tobacco, boozy. Med body and mildly fizzy. Worcestershire sauce, tobacco. Great! Idiosynkrasie (7432) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 17, 2017
500ml bottle. Dark brown colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense BA notes, oak, toasted oak, leather, vanilla, rock sugar, brown sugar, sweet-ish dark malty basis, hints of peppermint, liquorice, bramble and blueberry. Taste is moderately sweet dark malty, less intense notes of BA, now more oak than leather, some vanilla, cautious hints of liquorice, peppermint an ddark berries; slightly warming, alcoholic finish. Very complex aroma, the basic Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA is neither just supplemented nor someway interwoven but widely disguised, especially concerning taste; useless amount of alcohol. Definitely no improvement of the outstanding original.
ciocanelu (2463) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 4, 2017
Really dark brown color with creamy, tan head. Aroma has nice bourbon fudge notes with spicy rye and some booze. Taste starts with bourbon sweetness but is quickly overwhelmed by the hops making it quite bitter. Finishes with spicy whiskey and hop notes. Medium body, really smooth on the palate. Overall it’s a really nice combination of flavors which are integrated quite well. mariuspoenari (2637) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2017
UPDATED: APR 5, 2017 Bottle shared. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Notes of rye whiskey, barrel, mouldy cellar, bitter piney hops, bitter chocolate, light varnish. Full body, medium carbonation, bitter-sweet and lightly sour finish. JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2017
Black color. Thin head. Some berry flavor, moderate toast and bitter hops. Good. Emeister84 (2479) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Aromas of evergreen, rye whiskey, toasted oak, fennel, blackberry. Black with a somewhat lasting beige head. Lightly sweet, boozy, whiskey flavors, lightly fruity. Full bodied, spicy. pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2017
500ml bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $19.99 Very good!