thebsmitty (135) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black in color with craggy mocha head that faded into a craggy collar and wisps. Aroma is a ton of brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is extremely well balanced between vanilla, sweet oaky bourbon warmth, molasses and a rich roasty malt base. Rich, silty body, and low carbonation.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply one of the better beers I’ve had. It’s incredible smooth with notes of vanilla, coffee and Bourbon. Nothing overpowering though. Amazing
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Avery. Black appearance with a lacy tan head. Huge aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, toasted grains, roasted malts, milk chocolate and light coffee. Similar flavor, adding a touch of bourbon. Medium to full body. Pretty dank, big barrel flavors. An instant classic, bottle it.
Steve_0 (2592) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest (2014). Pour is pitch black with a frothy tan head and good lacing. Big vanilla, cocoa, espresso, toasted malt, graham crackers, light bourbon and caramelly aroma. Taste is smooth - sweet vanilla, coffee, bakers chocolate, light whisky, whip cream, and pie crust. Velvety mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Awesome!
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2014. Pours a black appearance with a creamy brown head. Lots of dark chocolate and rich vanilla in the nose. Some boozy / whiskey notes as well. Caramel / toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla bean flavor. Not too overwhelming on the booze. Nice brew.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Avery. black color with little to no head. layered aromas of light bourbon, oak, vanilla beans and chocolate. medium body - smooth throughout with some more bourbon coming through, along with some amped up vanilla notes. chocolate, roast and light coffee flavors linger.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, nice big vanilla, bourbon, oaky notes into a hint of coffee, slight booze, hints of earth. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, nice dark fruits into big bourbon, coconut, vanilla, hints of oak, finishing fairly sweet, slightly boozy, but tasty.
Ratman197 (9696) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Avery poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and light caramel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth lingering chocolate/vanilla finish.