Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, wood, and a strange vegetal notes. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts sugary sweet chocolate and molasses. The finish has light espresso, black licorice, and vanilla. Itís full bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too sugary sweet for me to drink a lot of.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle courtesy of stumpyiliz. Cheers, Aaron! Pours a thick, viscous jet black with a tan head. Nose is booze, wood, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, burn, marshmallow, alcohol, and hints of dark fruit with some pronounced booziness. Flavor burns and flames erupt through the nose- there is definite chocolate, vanilla, and mallow in there, but the booze just dominates so much in this one. Medium to full in body and lingering chocolate and booze in the finish. I would love to taste this again in a few years.
DrSilverworm (4014) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle, bought from Beer Run in Virginia for $12. Batch 1, bottled 3/27/12. Black color. Awesome thin dark brown head. Little bits of lace everywhere. Amazing aroma. Big vanilla, bourbon barrel; some chocolate brownie and roasted malt. With a beer this big, my first thought often is "how harsh is the alcohol?". For 17.5, this is amazingly sippable. No burn, just a big warmth. You notice big alcohol, but thereís a fantastic flavor throughout the whole thing to back it up (that is much like what I described in the aroma, but more alcoholic). Big body, pretty chewy. Viscous for sure. Silky is right. Light stickiness in the finish, but I donít mind it at all. Part of that super-long vanilla roasty bitter chocolate warming aftertaste. Great sweet taste, with a bitter finish. This beer is nuts. If it wasnít $12 a bottle, this would be a regular choice for me. Very likely, the tastiest brew Iíve had over 17% ABV. Love it.
thornecb (3972) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Dark pit fruit, espresso and soy aromas. Dark molasses upfront turning to hot licorice in the lasting burn finish.
JohnnyJ (3892) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at stone oakquinox 2012. Black sugary pour, thin tan ring around the edge of the glass. You can see how sugary it is just from the pour. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, and alcohol. Not terrible for almost 18%, but the sweetness is to much for my liking, which is not suprising.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a very viscous, opaque, oily black with some cloudy, beige head. Nose has a ton of molasses, burnt wood, light vanilla bean, coconut meat, malt, Kahlua, dark chocolate, a little soy. Slick in the mouth, the flavor is sweet, boozy, Kahlua, soy, almost a little salty fish sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toasted wood, coconut meat, cherry cordial. Full, sticky finish. This could have been a mess, but it wasnít. Smooth with lots of complexity.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in August í12. Pours dark brown to blackwith a medium sized dense mocha head. The aroma has caramel, bbourbon, dark chocolate, black cherry, roasted malt, wood and was surprisingly not very boozy. The flavor had big syrupy caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit with some woody accents. I thought this would be really hot given the alcohol, but it was pretty easy to drink.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 12 oz tnx to adnielsen, shared with ÷rjan. Pours pitch black with a small brown head leaving laces. Aroma is sweet acidy roasted malty fruity vanilla dill dark fruits a bit nutty alcohol. Flavor is velvety lean roasted malty sweet vanilla chocolate slightly smokey bitter coffee; darn so good. Finishes sweet malty bitter.
radagast83 (3749) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe itís actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.