brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: A lovely pour on this one. Black as night with a two finger mocha colored head on top.
S: There is a lot of oak in the nose. Vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol (presumably rum). There’s also a bit of sweet sugar aroma and roasted malt, but the coffee is really not there at all.
T: There’s a lot going on here. Heavily toasted oak, vanilla, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt, brown sugar, and more oak. Like the nose, the oak is a bit heavy handed. I would have preferred it to be a bit less up front. Again, the coffee is a bit muted.
M: The beer is full bodied and very sparingly carbonated (not surprising for a cask pour). The high oak component gives the beer a bit of a tannic character.
D: Despite the high level of oak, it’s still surprisingly drinkable. I think it has to do with the level of complexity, though. I just wanted to see what flavor I would find next.
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Pours with a large, fluffy, off-white head and as far as I can tell, a black body. Aroma of cocoa, rummy notes, earthy coffee, vanilla and banana. Taste is ashy coffee with vanilla, nail polish, pencil lead, caramel, rum notes and bitter oak tannins. Cask mouthfeel, so near flat.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Once I saw Brian update the BP facebook page and tapped this, I had to try it out. It pours very dark with a wonderful medium chocolate head that seemed to last forever. The aroma has a tremendous amount of chocolate, some vanilla, and some noticeable rum as well as a nice alcohol burn at the back of your sinus. The first sip was all head, and WOW. The head itself is tastier than a lot of beers. The initial flavour has a dry roastiness. As it sits on the tongue the roastiness amplifies and the chocolate becomes apparent. At this time you notice an interesting dry powdery texture. Bitterness slowly intensifies complelementing the chocolate. Rum starts to become noticeable. As the brew passes, allowing the tongue to breathe, the rum flavour quickly escalates and brings with it that alcohol flavour, as well as a nice warming sensation in the chest. As quickly as the rum flavour reveals itself, it fades. Rich chocolate persists into the finish with, notes of vanilla, and light roast. This is ridiculously delicious.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Blue Palms. Opaque black with an excellently retained two finger tan head. Loads of sweet vanilla and cold coffee in the nose. To a slightly lesser degree is some dark chocolate. Can’t pick up on any rum thus far. The flavor does add some boozy heat and alcohol sting. There is also a clean dry vanilla component as well, from the oak. Lots of cold coffee going on as well. Semi-dry with moderate alcohol presence. Bitternes peaked at a 3. Started to pick up on a light anise note towards the end of the tulip. Big thick beer with low carbonation. Very nice--the base beer is relatively sweet, but the booze chips helped dry this out well enough to keep it from getting cloying--I could drink a few of these in a row vs. one of the regular version.