Jamesthebrit (331) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Roasty, hint of malt. A unique addition of some belgian funkiness.
A: Thick, great lacing with a nice tan color.
T: Bit of must. Nice roastiness. The alcohol is a bit overpowering.... I’ll explain more later.
P: Overly boozy but not bad.
So this is for sure one of my top beers. Usually it has a great balance with the alcohol and a unique mustiness that compliments the roasted notes. This particular batch seems a bit out of control being overly boozy and aggressive on the palate. My beer store get this in pretty regularly so thank goodness I have a growler from another batch in the cellar.
Zymurgeist2 (1234) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Stein’s. aroma if moderate licorice and restrained smoke. Near black with minimal brown head. Taste is moderate roast and rich bready malt. Not terribly interesting. Cola aspects as it warmed.
radio_nowhere (1048) - Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Frisco Tap House in Columbia, MD served in a goblet; opaque black color with thin brown lacing. Aroma notes of strong wood barrel, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, plums and light bourbon alcohol. Taste adds coffee, funky Belgian yeast notes, cocoa, oak char and light whiskey booze. Heavy-medium body, low carbonation, creamy, dry with woody roast finish. Pretty woody stout with faint Belgian notes, pretty tasty.
radagast83 (5417) - 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%.
kraddel (4493) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown almost black. Ok eather white head. Smell is bit bourbon, some sweet dark malts. Taste is sweet, chocolatty in a way. Bourbon, some oak. Vanilla hints. Very balanced.
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this wa a treat. hard to find, so likely a one timer, but added a sweet vanilla and oak complexity to the already good black. Smoother too.
jlruthven (587) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours opaque black with brown highlights, minimal off-white head. Massive oaky character on the nose, black strap molasses, chocolate, touch of vanilla. Woody dryness, chocolate, caramel, winter fruit taste. Dry, astringent finish, no hint of alcohol. Good, unique beer.
GenDV138 (2868) - 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.
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk, very enjoyable stout. almost fuler bodied. tootsie rolls. medium but not over bearing bourbon notes. mild vanilla, touch of dark fruits. damn good
jb (2434) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish highlights dark beer. Rich nose sweet with pecans. More of the same in the palate sweet sticky good. A bit of booze at the end. At the blue tusk.
merc7186 (2477) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Dark Fruits, Bourbon, Mild Vanilla
Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Dark Red Plum, Black Bread, Bourbon, Mild Vanilla, Mildly Snokey
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet