First, it looks scary in the glass. It is a dark brown almost black color and looks viscous. It is like a glass of old used car oil. As soon as you crack the bottle cap you get the nice aroma of the barrel aging. I don’t like saying bourbon, there is that, but it is the accumulation of the aging that you smell.
Where this beer wins is the taste. The first thing I got was chocolate with big alcohol heat. As I drank more I got more of the vanilla and caramel tastes along with a plum/dark fruit taste. Then at the back end, there was even more alcohol heat. However, for as much alcohol as you taste and the ABV of 15% it is ridiculously smooth. Almost easy to drink. It actually reminds more of a chocolate based cocktail except a lot thicker.
I’m still not going to camp out or wait in line for this to come out next year, but I will do what I can within reason to snag another bottle to drink.
I did this review as quick as I could so I was still sober enough to get the words out and in some kind of readable order.