arminjewell (5590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Avery Strong Ale 2012, dark brownish black with thin tan head, aroma brought nasty notes of cabbage, green bean, mineral and some rotten fruits, some slight vanilla maybe but the smell is awful. Taste however is completely different, nice roasted and ester notes, hints of vanilla and slight bourbon into a dark fruit middle, slight chocolate and espresso goes into a roasted finish. Interesting how different the aroma and taste were.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Underrated beer here! On draft at Armsby abbey and it was probably my second favorite beer of stoutfest behind the CBS. Really rich and spicy with great bourbon character and creamy mouthfeel. Taste was pleasent and the barrel aging was lightly done to perfection. Awesome work.
Ernesto987 (3256) - Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at armsby abbey, this is awesome. Huge Belgian roasty flavors and great bourbon notes
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler… Pours clear and very dark with a crimson shimmer and not much of a head. To me, the aroma smells of bourbon and wood – no more “Black” in here… all gone. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is all about alcohol heat and American oak with a smidge of vanilla. Finishes boozy and bourbony. The bourbon barrel treatment took away my Allagash Black and left me with something less. Not bad, but it’s not “Black.” Growler courtesy of ElliesBrown!
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Timberwood grill. Black with a quarter inch head. Light aroma of malt. Medium to full bodied. Not a lot of bourbon barrel taste. Maybe less interesting than the regular black.
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DiarmaidBHK (3134) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from fireworks. Pours black with a thin brown head. Big bourbon scented wood on the nose. Lots of oak and vanilla on the tongue. Silly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Very Nice!
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Avery’s 2012 Strong Ale Fest. Clear dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is kinda oak-y toffee, with a bit of spicy "blackness". Odd. Flavor is creamy chocolate with a slightly bitter oak tone with a bourbon/vanilla shade. But the texture tastes a little watered down.
Camons (4847) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Strong Ale Festival. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon, coffee. Taste is malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, oak, bourbon, brown sugar. Medium body, soft carbonation. 090312
NielsenRatings (8114) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Licorice, chocolate, Belgian yeasty, light bourbon aroma. Creamy, a bit boozy, sweet cany, caramel, Belgian yeasty, milk chocolate flavor with a warming, somewhat boozy finish.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a tan head, lots of tan lace. Nose is quite boozy with a fair amount of heat. Also roasty, mild brine, cocoa, vanilla. Flavor is fairly hot as well with alcohol being the dominant flavor upon the first few sips. Perty good.