maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewvival 2011. Dark amber body with a small creamy tan head
Dry roast chocolate and faint bourbon aroma
Sweet bourbon flavor with chocolate and roast flavor
Medium full body mod carb
Butters (3685) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Sampled at Brewvival 2011 - the first of the day! Clear brown pour with tan head. Sweet caramel, roasty chcocolate notes. Was rather smooth despite the abv. Good, not great. And at Brewvival 2012. vanilla and bourbon seem more evident this time. Not overpowering on the bourbon which is nice.
onceblind (3673) - 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.
jkwood04 (3428) - 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
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz handbottle from hopdog, thanks so much Steve, I love Allagash and it never hurts to have one of their rarer special brews. Perfect beautifal pour, black with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet, with some nice vanilla and a touch of bourbon. Taste is sweet, bourbony and very bitter, a little strange on the mouth. Interesting and glad i got to try it. Thanks Steve.
Ernesto987 (3358) - 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
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at jake’s... Pours a deeper cola shaded pour with less intense edge, moreso a deeper brown and topped with a thin film of light beige head... Belgian yeast and chocolate notes with caramel a cents with a touch of barrel going on late. Fairly standard all around and not too distinguishable... Belgian yeast and cocoa chocolate notes, medium sweetness throughout with a mildly bitter prickly finish. Bourbon is fairly subdued but not completely absent. Lighter bodied than expected with your more than expected level of carbonation. Not that great.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Map Room. Pours a cloudy, darker brown body with a few amber highlights around the edges. Finger-width, dense and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is big bourbon and wood with a moderate roast, a light vanilla, a touch of dark chocolates, some dark fruits, and a light Belgian yeast. Flavor is similar. Big bourbon and wood up front with a bit more of a dark chocolate and moderate roast backing. Some vanilla in the middle with a light dark fruit and Belgian yeast hint. Bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate lead this into the finish where it ends pretty dry with a medium-light roastiness, some wood, and a bit of a cookie malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a pretty creamy, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice beer. Lots of bourbon, wood, and vanilla with a solid chocolate, moderate roast, light dark fruit, and touch of Belgian yeast. Highly enjoyable.
puzzl (3239) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handbottle from Hopdog, thanks a ton. Big, luscious, lip-smacking oily bourbon aroma. Notes of cedar wood. Oily body, vanilla infused bourbon flavors with a bit of carbonic acid and a fairly astringent mid-body. Very little finish besides a mild bourbon burn. The Black was too subtle for 10 months in a bourbon barrel, and though the bourbon is not necessarily overwhelming, it covers all the subtleties of the beer and leaves a fairly lifeless beverage akin to one of those 5% "jack and coke" type things. Thanks a bunch Steve for the bottle.
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.