nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Several glasses on tap at Churchkey in Washington D.C. Served in a snifter, pours an opaque black with a soft, creamy white head. Aroma is heavy with vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, toasted malts. Flavor was very well balanced, vanilla and chocolate, wood, rum, malts, toasted grains, nuts, coffee. Full bodied without being overwhelming, light carbonation. I wish they would bottle this, but if they did I’m sure it would cost $20.
radagast83 (5363) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark, nearly pitch black color with a nice brown, quickly dissipating head. Aroma was lots and lots of wood, plenty of mellowed vanilla notes. Lots of bourbon, some mellowed roasted malts, lingering chocolate. Very smooth and drinkable for 9.5%.
onceblind (5147) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at EBF, labeled as Bourbon Black (Allagash Black aged in Jim Beam Barrles). Pours a nice deep dark woody black with a thin head. Aroma is smooth with moderate amounts of wood, oak, sweet vanilla- and bourbon, good roasty and nutty chocolate notes- toned down earth and spicy Belgian character in the original batch. A bit more bourbon int eh flavor still not overwhelming, good toasty malts, light chocolate sweetness, some roast, light spice, smooth sweetness, and some oak to dry it out in the end. I think I liked this one quite a bit better than the regular Black.
djd07 (5022) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is dark chocolate roast, oak, booze. Medium mouthfeel with strong roast, sweet roasted malt and light bitterness. Very good.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours black, of course. A bit of of a tan head and some lacing. Nose brings roasted malt, wood, vanilla, some barrel characteristics, and hints of dark drugs. Taste adds in some molasses with all he flavors melding well. Feel is nice and slightly boozy. Drinks quite well; one of the better Allagash beers ai have had.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-07-2010
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
handbottle thanks to bman1113vr. deep chocolate almost black pour with a cream head. nose is yeasty with wood, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate. good thickness with a roasty flavor that finishes quite nice with the wood and vanilla.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of chocolate, light bourbon, and light alcohol. Poured very dark brown in color with a large tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, and a hint of coffee. Medium body. Slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, chocolate, malt and light bourbon finish.
solidfunk (4856) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful beer. Pours black with good mocha head and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast malt, some nut and some subtle bourbon notes. Looks syrupy but consistency feels more thick on the tongue than syrupy. Booze well-disguised. Finishes bittersweet. Tap at brewery.
JohnnyJ (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at oakquinox 2013. Pour is a dark reddish brown, almost black, with a light tan head. Roasted malts, sweet, some chocolate, bourbon, and notes of dark fruit. Decent.