brystmar (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 2009, thanks Mike! Billowing aroma full of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and roasty malts strangles my nostrils with decadence. Rich, viscous body brings everything above to my palate in a harmonious blend. Layers upon layers of endless, luscious flavor. I’m not sure how, but the ’09 is significantly better than every younger vintage. Extraordinary. Impeccable. Goddamn, I need more of this ASAP.
2012: Boozy, massive roast, caramely booze galore, chocolate, cake icing. Everything shines through in both the aroma and palate. Tastes a touch young, should age quite well.
2009 >>>> 2010 > 2012 > 2011. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle 75 cl @ Kaj. Pours pitch black with a small diminishing tanned head. Aroma is sweet fruity boozy coffee chocolate raisins velvety sweet indeed. Flavor is velvety lean boozy sweet roasted a bit acidy raisins chocolate bitter. Finishes sweet bitter boozy roasted. OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
A big thanks to Dak for this bottle! Shared with Chipalsa and others for new years. Pour was dark brown with a hint of a tan colored head. I thought it would be darker but still nice. Aroma is big molasses, chocolate, some coconut, alcohol, and bourbon. Flavor is pretty hot once it warmed up but not as hot as expected for the abv. Tons of molasses and chocolate behind a solid vanilla and bourbon backbone. Very nice silky mouthfeel. Excellent brew! Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2012 Bottle, thanks OmegaX!!!FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Appearance - Cloudy brown, thin toffee head
Aroma - Molasses, bourbon, pencil, cherries
Taste - Sweet chocolate malt, caramel, wood, alcohol, raisins
This beer was fantastic, with the alcohol so well hidden too! DEFINITELY a sipper though, as it gets more potent (and complex) as it warms up.
2011 Batch; Sampled December 2012
JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Not a good sign, the beer is a complete gusher and makes a mess of my table, then the floor, then the counter, and finally my sink. A quick pour into my Lost Abbey tulip forms a one-finger thick, brown head that quickly disappears. My kitchen now smells of hot alcohol. A more focused look at the nose yields lots of rich umami notes (almost teriyaki like), salty dark chocolate, perhaps a touch of coffee character and lots and lots of hot, sharp alcohol.
Quite sweet, even sugary, but it is perhaps a little bit lighter bodied than you might expect, it is still quite viscous, and is most definitely a sipping beer. Lots of hot alcohol fumes the palate and burns the belly just a bit. Dark chocolate notes mixed with molasses, sweet coffee liquor, lots of toasted whole grain brown character, as well as lots of umami laden, concentrated malt that almost has a salty, peat like character to it. Concentrated brown sugar flavors, burnt caramel, lots of simple syrup like notes, touches of smoky coffee syrup, and sweetened seaweed / peat character. As the beer warms up it gets thicker and more syrupy, but still quite hot.
Definitely too much alcohol, which I certainly anticipated, but I had hoped this would be otherwise; this is not all for naught though, the only reason I opened this was to use most of it for an Imperial Stout chocolate cake. This should still be quite useful for that purpose. Drinkable in small doses, but really seems much more appropriate as a cooking adjunct.
Poured graciously from an entity at a bottle share a couple times. Pours a thick, inky, oily black with no head. The aroma is over the topy sweetness. The beer is quite syrupy and malty sweet. It reminds me a lot of malt extract syrup. Very thick on the tongue. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
GABF, 2012. Black of course. Lots of complexity here. Heavily roasted grain, and sweet with a red wine quality. Lots of oak and vanilla. There is bourbon, but it compliments the other flavors rather than overwhelming them and that is a hard thing to pull off. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2012
From the bottle. Black pour, tan head. Chocolate, molasses, and bourbon are all present and just flat out tasty!!! This is an awesome brew!!! kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Hooray. This beer makes me so happy. It is dark sweet and boozy. Aroma is dates dark fruit and sweet alcohol. The flavor is all that plus molasses, chocolate and awesome. Maybe the best barrel aged stout I have ever had dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Pours black and Thick with a small brown head. Nose is intense vanilla, chocolate, wood, molasses and big
Booze. Taste is sweet and with little bitter yet it's enough to make this beer amazing. Mouthfeel is amazing. Soft and lily. Coats the mouth amazingly. Silky smooth. Body is heavy and finish is huge.
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