GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolate fudge and vanilla aromas. Chocolate fudge flavors. Overall a fantastic stout.
Jerm719 (144) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big sweet nose. Excellent thick body. Vanilla, bourbon, raisins, sweet chocolate, marshmallow, more bourbon, burnt coffee, brandy, sweet oak, subtle earthy hops. Great beer,I wish just a tad bit more hops were used to balance out the slightly syrupy finish. Will be an amazing beer with some time in the cellar ....
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle at GABF 2014. Black pour with a brown head. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Incredible taste of chocolate cake, coconut, vanilla, oak, and booze. Lingering warmth. Awesome beer!!
tsd08460 (510) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: alcohol, bourbon, caramel
Appearance: black, clear, brown head,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, bourbon
Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
kkleu357 (632) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes on 3/30/15
On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Canít even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home.
tderoeck (7253) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
21/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: 27/VI/13 (2014-1575) Thanks to Thomas and Annelies for the bottle!
Note: was surprised to find I hadnít rated this yet, despite having drunk this. Was able to back-track it to the correct notebook, thanks to my line-up pictures of tastings on Facebook. :p
Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, lots of chocolate, chocolate milk, bit of vanilla, nutty touch. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: dark chocolate, caramel, little sourish, sugary and sweet as well, mocha, bourbon, dried fruits, raisins, brown sugar. After-taste: sweet, lots of dried fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, mocha, soft bitterness, bit boozy, sourish touch. Lovely beer!!
fuzzcro (99) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2015 Excellent sipping stout! Slides thickly out of the bottle, black as used oil. The aroma tells the whole story...chocolate, vanilla bourbon...the taste is delightfully sweet and the bourbon warms all they down! It?s a sipper that makes me wish I could gulp...the bourbon is a strong presence and a bit over the top but not a problem.
cgmees (33) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black with little to no head, I poured very slowly as the oil thick fluid was fun to watch.. Aroma has notes of strong caramel, dark fruits (some raisins, dates, prunes), and big molasses notes, slight hint of bourbon but its fairly restrained, slight oak and alcohol. First sip very smooth, with tang of alcohol at the end. Very nice bourbon overtones with caramel, molasses and chocolate. Definitely not a session beer, will need to put some up for a year or two to see how the flavors come together. This almost as good as Goose Island Bourbon Stout in my opinion.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black pour with a light brown head. Head sticks around for quite some time. Delicious looking beer. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, candied dark fruit, hint of oak... heavenly. Starts off sweet which continues on into the mid palate and finishes bittersweet with just enough bitterness to balance out the onslaught of sweetness on the front and mid palate. This is a true cigar beer. One that you can still taste 30 minutes after a tiny sip coats your tongue. Full body, low carbonation, moderate alcohol warmth... looking forward to drinking this 3-4 years from now... amazing now, should be even more so then!
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. (bottled March 27, 2012). Pours with a sickly thick, inky black body that is completely opaque. Massive tan head resides atop. Great retention (very impressive for a beer of this size), glass coating with incredible lace. Aromas are huge and awesome. Big fudge character, bourbon, barrel, boozy (but not sharp/solvent/distinctly fusel), nougat (big time), nutty, whiskey, barrel, toffee, fresh baked goods, caramel, almond extract, chocolate everywhere (really strong fudge which I wrote down about 5 times for the aroma alone). Medium peppery alcohol, rich, decadent, marshmallow. Flavors are very, very rich, viscous, decadent, medium tannin, barrel, mocha, fudge, light alcohol burn. INTENSE. Caramel, toffee, very long duration of flavors, figs, dark fruits, chestnuts, nougat, stewed prunes. Sweet but never cloying, boozy but not harsh. Very complex. Tobacco and earthy truffle on the finish. Like a baby Black Tuesday in a smaller and cheaper bottle. Less dark fruit character than Black Tuesday. Burnt caramel, port wine, bitter, raisin, currant. Endlessly complex, big. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, and completely mouth coating. Warming, low carbonation. Caramelized and candied. Epic!