mansquito (4479) - 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.
emacgee (4457) - 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.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Saucer’s Cellarbration of Raleigh Beer Week. Poured a near black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose had some bourbon notes, though they were light and not overpowering. The bourbon overwhelmed the taste, though, and made it feel pretty boozy. Drank smooth, though.
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is sweet licorice, bourbon, roast, some wet wood. The taste is a darker sweetness with some roast and alcohol heat coming through in the finish. Pretty good overall.
GenDV138 (4121) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Black with light tan head, some brown hue around the edges. Aromas of roast, bourbon, dark chocolate. Tastes of coffee, roast, bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, oak. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Bourbon isn’t in your face with this one.
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, 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.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super awesome stout, on tap at whole foods in venice, loved the bourbon barrel aged version, delicious
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.
Butters (3991) - 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.
DiarmaidBHK (3861) - Lewisburg, 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!