ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, black licorice, candi sugars, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and a hint of booze.
T - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, roasted coffee, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, black licorice, some earthy hops, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.
D - Fantastic balance and complexity. Spot on.
PhillyCraft (5469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at hops and pie, pours black with small reddish beige head. Menu says woodford reserve barrels. Notes of dark chocolate, fig, peppers, oak, cocoa nibs, and heavy licorice. Not my style but decent for what it is. Medium bodied and not overly sticky
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to Madmitch76, shared with Clayton on the #IPAOpenIT tastings, 16/4/2016.
Firstly, Iíd say this is definitely more of an American stout than any of the other styles.
Itís super clean. Lovely barrel-aging. Cedar on aroma. Lots of German licorice. Chocolate. Velvet is smooth. Oak. Wood resin. Chocolate gateax and oak chips. Really silly drinkable for the abv. The mellowness is astounding. This is an extremely well-made beer with absolutely no defects. Excellent job!
djd07 (9481) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, dark fruit, oak, bourbon. Medium mouth, bourbon, roast, cocoa, boozy finish, good.
Joakgust (1318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, oak and nuts. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. Well balanced.
emacgee (4582) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark clean burnt wood black with one finger of light mocha tan head. Nose is nice. Shows the age well, notes of wood, burnt sugar, prune, black strap molasses, and dark cocoa. Warming in the mouth with dark dried fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Some soft woody notes and medium full body. Nice.
mel4vegas (36) - Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome to say least. Bottle share looked like 22 oz bottle neat colorful label. Poured translucent brown with red tint. Small head light carbonation perfect palate. Taste of light brown sugar oak some tangie and real nice sherry notes. Finished like a nice sherry with some maltiness. Great.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pith black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.
Inviting aroma with a nice barrel presence thatís nicely integrated into the other notes. Strong dark fruit esters and roasted malt character countering the wood and bourbon. Some charred oak and vanilla with vinous dark fruit and robust dark malts. Belgian dark ale notes stand out as it warms. Plum, fig and raisin along with roasted coffee, oatmeal and bitter dark cacao.
Lighter end of medium body with a delicate barrel presence thatís nicely integrated into he imperial stout and dark Belgian ale flavors of the base. Some dry, toasted oak and subtle spicy bourbon with a touh of vanilla and toasted coconut. Not overwhelmingly hot or boozy with subtle spirit flavor. The dark ale portion of the blend is prominent with dark fruit esters giving off hints grape, cherry, plum and raisin. Stout notes are a bit overpowered with subtle roast, coffee bean, and oatmeal. Some lighter malt sweetness with caramel, toffee and sweeter chocolate notes. Really well balanced and the high ABV is well masked. Very easy to drink but it could use a bit more bourbon and stout character.
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance was clear opaque with mocha diminishing creamy tiny head, no lacing. Aromas are vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, soft cherry with sherry sweetness and touch of alcohol. Taste are vanilla, sherry sweet malts upfront then gives way to smooth bourbon mid sip. The finish is plum, date, cherry,slight Vicks 44 with a touch of alcohol. Overall a stellar blend of stout and Belgian beauty.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a dark head..Nose is burnt sugar, roast, vanilla, bourbon, spice, chocolate, sweetness..Taste is nice bourbon, graham, spice, dusty, chewy chocolate..
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with a short lived beige head. Nose of alcohol and vanilla. Lots of dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and raw alcohol. This is still pretty hot.