fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
Shared with my gracious friend Matt and our spouses. WOW! Heaven in a glass. Thick sweet motor oil loviness with caramel coffee chocolate out the door. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2013
Bottles at vertical tasting at Sloshfest. Thank you Jeffo & Erik for sharing.
All pour pitch black with absolutely no head whatsoever. All vintages have little difference in aroma - all very borubony with notes of vanilla, wood, leather, chocolate and some coffee.
All are full bodies with no carbonation, and burning the throat almost away in the finish. I miss balance in all of them. 2009 & 2010 vintage are slightly different and smoother from the rest.
Bourbon is ruling in the taste as well, lots of alcohol. Coffee and chocolate.
Expected more from this!
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2013
[email protected]jackl (8557) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2013
Very lovely sweet malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Black, brown head, good lace. Chocolate vanilla bourbon flavours. Alcoholic. Not too complex. Nice. However way too sweet for me.
2012 Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Cheers to Crosamich for sending this. Mild gusher in the pour. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. Super sweet stewed prune nose. Tangy burnt caramel, chocolate glazed donut. The taste is similar. Nutty dark malts. Very sludgy plenty of brown sugar and chocolate. Caramel-covered berry in the finish. Overall, decent. A bit all over the place. mnmike (1091) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013
2011 Bottle shared with some friends. The surprising aspect for me was the sweetness. Almost too sweet - I wouldn’t want more than an 8 ounce pour at a time
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2013
Aroma: lots of ripe dark fruit, roast malts and coffee, sweet chocolate and caramel, notes of whiskey and oak, alcohol aromas are surprisingly under control.
Appearance: jet black pour with a thin head, fairly opaque.
Taste: very rich, lots of chocolate and dark sugars, coffee, toast, molasses, dried figs and dates. Barrel notes are nice and well-integrated. On to the alcohol - I was surprised at how well the alcohol is controlled, it’s certainly not hiding, but this does not drink like it’s 19%. Really fairly sweet, but the other components do a much better than expected job of balancing.
Palate: very full body, low carbonation, fairly smooth with a warming finish.
Overall: I was expecting a sweet, alcohol laden mess, but was pleasantly surprised. This is a very flavorful and complex brew, the alcohol and sweetness are controlled well, though I don’t think I could handle more than a few ounces. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
750ml bottle. 2009 Vintage (has had a few years to age). Poured black in color with a tan head. Vanilla, bourbon (but not overpowering), woody, dark fruits, molasses, coffee, and licorice. Sweet ... bordering cloying but not. Alcohol present, but I would say smooth for 19+ %. Lot going on with this one and the aging is coming along nice. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
FACK! This thing is killer!!! Healthy sample pour of black motor oil. Nose is full of bourbon sweet and caramel. Heavy booze and plenty of chocolate. Raisins are in the also. Flavor comes through super sweet with plenty of bourbon, dark chocolate malt, and loads of raisins. Heavy dark, dried fruit sweetness. Really rich and super dark. Tastes black... if black had a flavor. Damn. Medium body with heavy flavor. Mild lacing. Bacterial (3074) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle shared at TG Assassin release day - thanks Clevar! I’m a devout atheist but fucking christ this beer is awesome! Dark black pour, white head, sweet chocolate nose. Boozy, but the heat really works with all the other components here. Awesome character, chocolate malt, huge caramel and vanilla - wow - this really lives up to the hype for me! ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2013
A - Dark black with a bit of brown around the edges and a thin finger of khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, black licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and some booze.
T - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, molasses, dark fruits, coffee, and booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Super bold and complex, but still has great overall balance.