onceblind (3190) - 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.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big chocolate and bourbon nose, very boozy. Moderately sweet taste with a light bitterness. Lots of buttery coconut-y bourbon in this one to go along with the usual chocolate, toffee and light roast.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Julian’s - Providence, RI. Finishing off my four sampler of Allagash’s return to Rhode Island, I’m reminded that, oh right, I don’t like Allagash beers. I never buy their bottles because I always find the beers undewhelming and overpriced. Able to sample a number at a reasonable price, it seems like a better deal, but still leaves me flat. This bourbon black is a sloppy mess. The underlying stout is weak, compromised, and more like a brown ale. Somehow, the bourbon gets lost and doesn’t integrate well. Mediocre.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - 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!
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at City Beer in downtown SF-June 2012-pours deep brown almost black with a froathy tan head. nose is sweet foregin stout, with sweet vanilla and oak. WOW! crazy roasty chocolate vanilla flavors, like an ice cream cone! fantastic! rich lush body, especially for this style. never becomes viscus. A fairly complex brew however, i wish i had a bigger sample (6 oz). I was not a fan of City beer-over hyped and over priced!
beernovice39 (3037) - Montana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Leon’s. Pours a dark brown almost black with a thin tan head. Scent is roasted malts and bourbon. Taste is roasty, fruity and booze. Dry roasted bitter finish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF 2010 Session One: Deep brown with a tan film of head. The aroma has mocha, wood, peat, toasted dry oak and some marshmallow character. The flavor is oaky with notes of cocoa, mild coffee, and dry bourbon meshes with a chocolaty presence. Very cohesive flavors and picked up nice dry woody tannins from the barrel. Subtle, complex and tasty.
Ernesto987 (3010) - 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
jkwood04 (2928) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours black with a beige head. Thick texture, sort of oily. Strong flavors of chocolate and coffee with some hoppy undertones. A great beer
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rustico, Ballston tap ($9): Pours black with a small creamy head. Aroma is very complex: vanilla, bourbon, light roast coffee, and a hefty hint of booze as it warms. Taste is pretty similar. The alcohol is noticeable, but the taste is actually not offensive to me in the least bit. For me this was a definitive sipper, but each sip was very nice and mellow. At no point did I feel that any taste is overpowering. The roast is kept in moderation. There is very little bitterness, but at the same time very mild sweetness.