Drank a 2008 vintage bottle sent to me from a fan.
Appearance: Absolute pitch black body. But it forms absolutely no head and leave no lacing on the glass. WTF?
Aroma: pure black licorice. Some dark cherry and woody notes plus mild booze aroma.
Taste: just like the nose it’s all black licorice up front. In the middle there’s cherry and plum and finishes with a slightly chocolate and coffee aftertaste. As it warms the booze becomes more prominent and gives the beer a smokey, woody taste. Eventually, the beer tastes entirely like bourbon. I drink beer because I like beer, if I wanted bourbon I’d drink bourbon!
Mouthfeel: surprisingly tepid and tame (which is fine by me).
Drinkability: for such an intense beer I was surprised I could drink it in gulps rather than tiny sips. As it warms it does become a total sipper, though. 13% ABV starts to make its presence known with plenty of heat on the finish.
Overall: I’m impressed such a big beer can be so palatable, but at the same time I’m a little disappointed this beer didn’t live up to the hype. It’s a good beer, just not world class.