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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At 10.5% abv this black as night ale is aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels for 6 months. The Bourbon Character of the barrels comes through nicely and pairs exquisitely with the rich dark malt flavors of coffee and chocolate. This is a rich beer that is made to be a full palate experience. Pair this one with a piece of dark chocolate or a side car of a nice bourbon and your night will be complete.
Note: Actual versions with 12% ABV

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4.1
alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Tar black with roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee aroma with vanilla, chocolate, coffee flavor with some roasted malt. Thick body. Very nice.

3.9
aracauna (3680) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2017
This is the best Budweiser I’ve ever had. The bourbon is fairly reserved here. You can tell it’s there, but it’s not overbearing. Rich, but not cloying. Pretty good.

4.1
tightslice (1436) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Bottle from Jax Beer & Wine in Cumming, GA. Aroma is dark chocolate, fudge, bourbon and vanilla as it warms. Taste is a thick dark chocolate boozed-up potion. Barrel adds a great spicy bourbon dimension.

3.7
Biroholik (1545) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JUN 4, 2017
Alkohol: 12% obj.
Data butelkowania: 25.10.2016
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty.
Piana: Beżowa, drobno ziarenkowa, średnio intensywna. Na początku buduje obwity kopczyk. Po paru chwilach kurczy się i pęka do półcentymetrowej obrączki. Lacing na szkle obecny, ale niezbyt okazały.
Zapach: Dość intensywny, aczkolwiek nie jakiś miażdżący aromat bourbonu, mokrego dębowego drewna. Nie sposób nie wymienić tutaj owocowych akcentów (odrobina ciemnych winogron i dojrzałych czereśni). Dodatkowo dochodzi do tego masywna czekolada, likier jajeczny i kawa z mlekiem. Delikatna paloność w tle i muśnięcie alkoholowej woni.
Smak: W smaku wytrawne, w kierunku półwytrawnego. Cały szereg cierpkich ciemnych i czerwonych owoców: wiśnie, czereśnie, ciemne winogrona. Pod spodem odrobinę podwędzanych na ogniu śliwek. Beczka po bourbonie nie jest tak jednoznaczna. Wanilii nie ma prawie wcale, nuty dębowego drewna na umiarkowanym poziomie. Dalej odrobina kwaskowatej kawy i gorzka czekolada. Dość widoczny, mocno rozgrzewający alkohol. Chwilami drapie w język i podniebienie. Przy pierwszym kontakcie z ustami piwo wydaje się słodkie i przyjemne, niestety po przełknięciu czuć paloną i alkoholową goryczkę. Tekstura trunku jest należycie gęsta i zawiesista. Umiarkowana pijalność, podobnie jak nagazowanie trunku.
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Podsumowanie:
Wicked Weed Dark Age ma tego pecha, że jest degustowane dzień po Dark Lordzie. Ciężko będzie dorównać tamtej legendzie. Piwo niestety ma mało akcentów beczki po bourbonie. Może inaczej - one występują, ale są mało intensywne. Piwo jest zbyt wytrawne, zbyt kwaskowate, cierpkie na języku. Jest sporo akcentów kwaśnych owoców (wiśni, czereśni, śliwek i ciemnych winogron). Ogromnym minusem jest mocny alkohol, który już w aromacie dawał o sobie znać. Po ogrzaniu w smaku wychodzi już całkowicie na wierzch. Niestety pomimo wielu pożywnych recenzji i wysokich not na RateBeer piwo nie jest warte swojej ceny.

4
GlasgowTAD (1898) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Bottle at 12%. Pours opaque black with a modest brown head which recedes to a lacing. Aroma is cacao, roast coffee and leather. Taste is roast coffee, oak, leather, some mild notes of tart berries, vanilla sweet, caramel sweet. Medium-full bodied

3.9
neongolden (1825) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2017
(375ml bottle from boxbeers.dk, bottled 03/16) Pours black with a medium tan head that lasts well and leaves lace. Aroma of purple grapes, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, semisweet chocolate, dark malt, moderate roast, slight coffee. Flavour is not so hefty and cloying, despite being fairly sweet. Dark raw sugar, syrup, red grape juice, a little coffee, soft chocolate notes, dusty roast, fairly ample bourbon but light on vanilla/coconut tones, some light drying wood moderate spirit heat in the back end, soft powdery roast notes in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, aforementioned bit of alcohol. Not so hefty, lighter than expected but still goes down pretty easily due to the relative dryness.

4
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle from recent visit to wicked weed pre buyout. Pours a deep stout brown with a tan head. Nose is cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate, black pepper, a bit of vanilla, some oak, and roasted coffee. Flavor is similar with roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and coffee. Medium in body and very nice overall.

4.3
davidezdonz (589) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAY 19, 2017
A 12.7 fl oz bottle, bottled on 23rd March 2016. Poured into a snifter. It was a nice dark dark brown colour with a one finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit plum and raisins, bourbon, oak with hints of vanilla. Tastes of bourbon and sharp raisin and cherry sweetness, followed by bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel and licorice. Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall this was a nice, easy sipper. The sharp twang of raisin and cherry in the taste mixed with the bourbon was a welcome surprise. The only mini negative was the mouthfeel which could have greater body and a slightly lower carbonation.

3.6
psydtamales (82) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 5, 2017
12% Bottled March 2016. Really enjoyed the mouthfeel, rich, a bit chocolately but also a complex herbaciousness to it I wasn’t expecting. Big bourbon character on the nose. No off notes to speak of but somehow underwhelming. Probably still bitter about that selling out.

4.2
Plovmand (8621) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle. It pours opaque black with a creamy dense beige head. The aroma is deep roasted with notes of coconut, chocolate and bourbon. Some dark ripe berries. Black roasted malty flavor with sweet bourbon notes. Vanilla, chocolate, rum soaked raisins. Ends up warming alcoholic. Lovely.


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