nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Co-rate! Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Taste is boozy chocolate with great body. One of my favorites from the event.
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A: The beer pours just about black with a tan colored head on top.
S: What a horrible aroma. I can smell it before I even get the glass to my face. Lots of rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, vinegar, and booze. There is a bit of bourbon and maybe some roast, but they’re overshadowed to say the least.
T: The flavor is only a slight improvement. At least the roasted malt is more pronounced, but there’s still plenty of nail polish remover and paint thinner. Booze, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and just a prevailing harshness.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: This was truly bad. Not sure how old this beer/keg is, but I think it’s time it goes down the drain.
joeneugs (3740) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is mildly astringent with hints of roasted malt. The flavor has chocolate, toast, caramel and light notes of wood. It has a dirty, roasted/tobacco finish. Just Ok.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours black with no head, no edges and no swirls.
Aroma: Bourbon, roast and dark chocolate.
Taste: Dry roasty malt, minerals,tannins, bourbon, finishes with very bitter dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy carbonation.
Overall: Delicious. I’d like to see this get bottled one day.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Port’s Barrel Blast. Pours with a black body and minimal head. Aroma is huge with brown sugar and molasses, bourbon and vanilla with notes of coffee and chocolate in the background. Flavors are heavy on the vanilla and chocolate with a woody finish. Some how manages to finish somewhat dry compared to some other big barrel aged RISs. Tasty.
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with tan foam. Dark chocolate, wet wood tannin, tobacco aromas. Medium to full bodied. Lightly tart wet wood bug, dark roast malt, dark chocolate flavors--good bugs
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black color with a monster tall tan head. Hefty sweet roasted nose, modest amount of bourbon in the nose, a mild woody note, light chocolate and dark coffee notes at the end round it out. Flavor is rich overall with a very rich roasted malt and bourbon flavor early. This is followed by a light dark fruit presence but this is quickly overtaken by a sweet chocolate and solid coffee bitter bite. Flavors are well balanced with none of the flavors taking over the full flavor profile of the beer. The beer has a very smooth, dense feeling to it with a fine amount of carbonation. It has a very creamy feeling too it. Overall a fantastic beer! The flavors meld perfectly and have some staying power to remind you how good it really is. The only knock on this beer is that even with all the flavors present in the brew, it has a pretty alcoholic kick too it. Definitely a great beer for a not so hard hit on the wallet.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap sometime during RBSG 2008 in SoCal. Smell was mealy with some peaty alcohol apparent. Ruby black in the glass with a dusting of head. I really enjoyed what I termed "whiskey sourness" in this beer, a complement to the dark malts. I tasted apricots and sour apples in the acidity, corn and roastiness in the malts. The sourness and carbonation prick lingered on the tongue after the swallow, which was enjoyable. The carbonation overall was perfect, fizzy then softly foamy. Slightly oily on some sips, but overall the beer was nicely expansive for being so big. I remember this one getting mixed reviews, but mine was positive.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway. They had 25 different brews from BP that day. Tasted side by side with BA VaS and Black Marlin. Not as smooth and rich as VaS, but thicker and richer than the Black MArlin. This was a great complement to the sharp coffee and cocoa. Added rich smooth alcohol flavor. Lovely.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was the winner of the day for me, 3 breweries and a stop at knb and pizza port and this one took the grand prize. It smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate malts. The taste is amazing it starts off tasting somewhat like angels share but then comes back to molasses and brown sugar. Awesome bourbon and oak flavors very balanced. I heard whispers that it will be bottled but not sure what quantity or when/where it will be sold (source: ballast point employee; i was dropping eves).