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Review by seaoflament on 04/07/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2006
Thanks to drewbeerme for this vintage bottle. This bottle is marked 1/06.

Pours jet black with about a half inch of tan foam. A nice ring sustains for the entire time.

As I’m pouring I get a blast of bourbon and then followed by chocolate and vanilla. There are some coffee aromas that are still battling for dominance in this richly malted beer. As the beer settles the mocha becomes more dominant and sends the bourbon to the second layer. After a little more time the coffee aroma seems a little too astringent and reminiscent of old coffee grounds. There are still some rich, strong, Belgian chocolate aromas as well as roasted malts and some malted milk. The beer seems to have mellowed in these two years but it’s still holding up pretty well; there’s more chocolate and less coffee compared to a fresh bottle. Hints of vanilla peek through the chocolate as it warms up more. While the aroma is more subtle than when fresh it is still very appetizing and dessert-like.

First sip is intense with chocolate, roasted barley, toast, bourbon, and finishes with vanilla, wood, cocoa and some alcohol heat. Notes of coffee and mocha but it seems that the coffee profile is the one aspect of this beer that has faded the most. The taste continues to be mostly bitter-sweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts, and molasses.

Mouth-feel is quite good still. I just detect a slight watery feel as it passes down, but the smoothness is still there. Finish is not as strong either. Well carbonated.

While it ages pretty well, at least for 2 years, I think I prefer this one fresh.

Served In: Pint Glass