aleigator (945) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2015
Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with a small dark brown head, soon collapsing to a tiny ring of lacing with some spider web in the middle of the glass. Leaves back a mix of tiny tubbles and an oily texture after swirling.
Although I opened this after more than a year of its release, the coffee is as dominant as it has been in fresh Mornin’ Delight. In this though, the Bourbon adds to the complexity of the coffee, creating an unforseen richness of aromas on the nose, while maple syrup appears to be a bit muted. There is a luscious bakers chocolate quality in this, tying the oaken barrel and flowery, cold pressed coffee beautifully together, creating a spicy coffee bean decadence, amped up by a mix of molasses and syrup. Coffee itself has an earthen note to it, perfectly enhanced by the barrel, while vanilla blends into scorched malts, producing an intense, wood accompanied, spicy praline impression.
I cannot belive the mouthfeel on this is real. This is unbelievable smooth. Rich and creamy, while featuring one of the most intense tasting beers I’ve ever had. Its silkness remains throughout, soothing the warmer parts of the beer with whipped cream and just an unbelievable softness.
Tastes of fudge, earth and brownie batter right from the beginning, together with a sweet and bitter cold pressed coffee appearance, adding foremost a roasty quality to the taste. While the flavors evolve rapidly on the palate, its silk creaminess calmes the upcoming flavor onslaught, leaving everything enjoyable and detectable. Milk chocolate and cocoa nibs set on top of the outstanding creaminess, finding their counterpart in roasty malts and a genuine coffee bitterness, blending into earth. Has a hot peak, together with a flowery barrel dryness, while licorice and a rich chocolate coating, calm the well accentuated, spicy heat. Finishes surprisingly clean and soft, right after the short, burning glimpse, whipped cream works its magic, ensuring the beers world class mouthfeel, while complimenting its chocolate richness. Coates the tongue during the aftertaste, together with gently spiced vanilla and coconut bark, packing also a lingering dryness.
This beer is beautiful throughout, it is indeed perfect. What I loved most about Mornin’ Delight was its outstanding mouthfeel, but this one puts it to shame, by revealing a chewy smoothness, I have never experienced before in a beer. Its taste features a certain ambivalence, on the one hand it drinks fairly easy, due to its unreal silkness, while on the other hand it packs an unbelievable flavor range with a perfectly nuanced intensity to it. Everything seems to be in perfect balance, while maple syrup gets partially replaced by the far more complex Bourbon barrel in comparison to the MD. I understand this beer is highly sought after, this time it is most certainly well deserved. SudsMcDuff (8466) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Had back in January but my review was deleted, twice, so i’m not gonna try too hard here. black brown. very rich. coffee, cooking chocolate, deep dark malts, and pure warming thick maple whiskey. such a rich delicious beer. thanks Scott, gold wax .. . . Is it bigfoots or bigfeet? I don’t want to sound stupid on this police report. DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Chocolate, vanilla, and maple in aroma and taste. Whisky is pretty faint. Rich mouth feel and appearance is midnight black. Head is a small dark tan that disappears quickly with no lacing. Its a good beer. zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Had the 2013 and 2014 Vintage side by side. The 2013 vintage was just fantastic. The 2014 was just a little shy of it. Such an amazing brew. Definitely a world class stout. fiedler84 (10) - - AUG 7, 2015
2014 vintage for the review but lucky enough to have had both vintages. Opened this alongside morning delight. Colorful tan head. Smell is chocolate and a hint of barrel. Maple, chocolate and vanilla Flavors, perfect mouthfeel.
Second only to morning delight and right there with double barrel hunahpu and pallet 1 for BA stouts.
ctipping (2196) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed on 7/1/2013. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1. No bottle number. Sampled alongside Mornin’ Delight and Assassin. Inky black. Stains the glass again. Bigger and darker head than Mornin’ Delight and Assassin. Great surface wisps. Smells of Bourbon. Maple. Vanilla. Dark chocolate. Everything you’d want in a stout. The bourbon does take over, though. Bourbon taste is sharp. Coffee comes out here. Dark chocolate. Maple comes out in the back. Sweetness lingers. Bourbon flavor lingers also. Very thick. Boozy. Sweet with medium carbonation. Tough to argue which is better, this or Mornin’ Delight, but bourbon always wins. wsnich (27) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Without a doubt, the best stout ever brewed. There is nothing else that so perfectly blends the flavors of maple, bourbon, coffee, and oak. DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2015
12-oz. 2014 (gold wax) bottle graciously opened by Dustin on his birthday and shared with JPDurden24 and djd07. The nose is more smokey than I anticipated and also features sweet and boozy bourbon, medium coffee, decadent chocolate, toffee, light cinnamon, very roasted barley, and the briefest spicy touch of charred adobo. It’s flat black in color with a dark tan ring head. Wow, smooth doesn’t begin to describe the taste. Chocolate is the primary flavor and is accompanied by velvety bourbon, dry cinnamon with a slightly woody finish. The rich syrup lends only sweetness at first without any distinct maple taste, but it increases greatly as the beer warms to eventually become the dominant flavor. The body is a tiny thin for an imperial stout. It’s a beautiful beer, but I wouldn’t consider it the best barrel-aged stout I’ve tried. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Shared bottle from Dustin. Pours a thick black motor oil with a small brown head. Flavor is maple, coffee, bourbon and a nice beautiful mouthfeel. Excellent! j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle at James’ 10k tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Smells of maple syrup, roast, coffee, chocolate, cocoa. On thicker side, full of syrup, roast, cocoa, chocolate. Long roast, cocoa, maple, wood. Warming alcohol into the finish with ash and roast. Long cocoa. Tasty.