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.
mar (4778) - 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.
nimbleprop (4539) - 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.
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at CAH. Pours a deep black
with a smaller bubbly tan head. Aroma of
oak, very woody, light bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and hints of cherry. Flavor is a bunch of oak, vanilla, bourbon is light, tobacco, tea and chocolate.
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange. Pours a dark brown with a white head. Nose is whiskey, cherries, slight chocolate, and some yeast and esters. Flavor is similar with cherry and chocolate pushing the whiskey to be the first one through the door, but the whiskey is a large child with a head start, so it gets there first and stays there. Some vanilla, yeast, and more whiskey with bits of booze in there as well. Light in body for the style and interesting overall.
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Vanilla, bourbon and oak aromas. Sharp and thin with dark caramel, chocolate and bourbon upfront turning to warm espresso and vanilla in the lasting finish.
JohnnyJ (4221) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cask Republic, New Haven. Stillish black pour, very oily but somehow a bit thin-looking. Nose was very sharply boozy, which initially put me off given its distance from what I enjoyed about the regular Allagash Black. But beyond the nose, the beer was more mellow, balanced, and enjoyable. Body suffered a bit from the lengthy aging, I reckon, as it was a bit thin and overly slick. But the flavor was an improvement, with deep chocolate, espresso, and whiskey blending enjoyably.
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Milltown. Pours slightly murky charred wood black with two fingers of dark tan head. Nose is very nice and roasty with some burnt toast and sour bourbon. Notes of dark fruit and light bittersweet chocolate. Roasty with hints of chocolate and burnt popcorn. Lightly estery and oaky with bourbon and fruity notes on the finish. Medium body and spicy finish.
onceblind (3933) - 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.