Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big thanks to Justin, wow this is awesome. Subtle light barrel and beer characteristics, this is great
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"man...anything i criticize in this brew is nitpicking, but i am comparing it to the best of the best of the best. i can make a case that it is my favorite barreled stout, which is my favorite substyle as well, but i can make that case for BA Blackout, Abyss (certain years), Firestone 13...as well. bourbon slightly more prevelant than i though it would be, especially side by side with a 2009 "regular" speedway. that said, every sip gets better, and itís great from the start...bourbon, chocolate, cofee, roastyness, and an ever so slight touch of hops. ridiculously smooth, like glass, though maybe thinner feeling than the base, though not to a fault. i definitely overpayed for this, but donít regret it. definitely in the upper teir of barreled beers, impy stouts, and really all beers."
Dr_Fellini (432) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to glass. Thanks Dennis for sharing! Pours a pitch black color with a creamy brown head. Extraordinary aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate. Even better flavor with the same notes, lots of barrel-aged goodness with a fantastic roasted malt background. Creamy mouthfeel, long lingering bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Thereís a reason this consistently gets rated so highly. Unreal.
jfb (3901) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) black in colour with a frothy brown head. aroma of soy sauce, some vanilla and mango, with notes of hazelnuts, dark chocolate, fudge, cornflakes and a hint of alcohol. flavour is mostly fudge and alcohol, with lots of brown sugar, some light toasted malts, more hazelnuts and a medium toasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
Jimsal27 (248) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome brew! Rich choclate, bourbon and coffee aromas. Huge dark choclate flavor with coffee and bourbon notes. Takes an awesome beer to the next level.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Another perfect brew from folks at Alesmith. Roast, toast biscut and bourbon nose and flavor. Loved the added dimension of the barrel aging. Some slight sherry character also added to its perfection.
Desverger (2121) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@Craft Clerkenwell (RBESG 10/08/2014) - black coloured pour with tan head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste, slight burned malty notes, with chocolate, treacle, caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits, thick mouthfeel, bourbon wooden nuances throughout. Beautiful.
kathouse (1016) - Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Make no mistake, this is a BIG beer. Pours black with a deep brown head. Aroma is heavy chocolate, coffee, and some burnt toast. Adding bourbon and oak aromas to the chocolate intensifies the aroma. Chocolate and coffee are still present but sharpness of the malts are subdued. Alcohol and bourbon take over. Think Iíll stay with the Vietnamese version.
drfabulous (4018) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Big chocolate and creamy stout with light taste of cocoa throughout and some barrel age. Nice.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than the original beer. More complexity but in the same time very ísoftí or silky. Some of the things I found in aroma and taste: dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits, wood (barrel, but also fresh cut wood), vanilla, .... Very well balanced, very good.
northropfrye (2218) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Bottle shared with cards04. Dark black body with brown quickly fading head. Aroma of bourbon, warm malts, biscuit and booze. Taste is bourbon first then cocoa and faint touch of coffee and tomatoes. Less coffee-centric than the original. A touch of booze but quite smoothe palate. Excellent beer.