joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml. bottle. Very excited to try this one. It pours a very thick black color with a small, disappearing brown head. The aroma has extremely nutty bourbon with caramel, cocoa, wood, toast and hints of vanilla. The flavor is superb with just the right balance of sweetness and attenuation. Big bourbon influence, wonderful dry, spicy barrel notes. Sweet without being cloying or syrupy. Chocolaty, caramel, nuts, spicy wood, campfire smoke. Pretty easy to drink despite the heaviness. This is awesome stuff. Just about perfect for the style.
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, but not extraordinary. Very black with a lovely caramel color head. Brew-by-numbers in its aroma and flavor--vanilla, cream, chocolate, bourbon...it’s all there. But it doesn’t leap out of the glass. Smooth and decent, but the sausage was better. (on tap at New Bohmeia, MInneapolis)
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ New Bohemian. Black color with a small head. Light malt aroma. Even after warming, not really anything. Taste is quite alcoholic. Rummy and some molasses. Dry malt towards the end.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. Pours oily black w thin light-brown head. Nose of molasses, licorice, bourbon, dark chocolate w alcohol noticeable. Taste is big on flavor with licorice, chocolate, caramel and bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and mouthcoating w alcohol burn. Complex brew. Loved this.
burgy (454) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at New Bohemia tap takeover. Not what I was expecting. It was good but not AMAZING, as was expected. Overall its a great stout but it doesnt bring a whole lot to the table. It has a creamier Expedition stout taste. Almost no barrel flavor profile.
DialSquare (2311) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old phone note: on tap at Proof. black pour thin tan - big sweet malt wood - bourbon cola vibe, burnt wood, licorice, vanilla, graham - warm - good sipper - 8.0
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample FOBAB ’12 - First pour of the day, as I had not yet had the fortune of trying this brew - pour was nearly black with a deep tan head. Aroma was heavy on the chocolate and some boozy accents. Flavor was very good - dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, sweet cream. Palate was impeccable - full and silky. Long finish - this one actually exceeded my expectations!
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown/black with a medium mocha head. Aroma has notable bourbon...not hot...some dark fruits and nice dark chocolate. Flavor has plenty of bourbon...very lt booze...lots of dark chocolate and hints of coffee and dark fruits...fairly straightforward with the flavors but very rich and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a warming bourbon/dark chocolate finish.
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to maltomeal. Dark black with a small head. Huge chocolate malty with hints of barrel. Taste is very rich with chocolate, barrel, cocoa. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Silky smooth body. Delicious.
vyvvy (3607) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice surprise at the STL Hops 5th Anniversary party. Pours very dark with a tan/orange head. The aroma has smooth roast, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol heat. Quite full and rich body with soft gentle carbonation. The taste is very rich with chocolate, big roastiness, anise, cream and warmth. The finish is more bitter and seems to show some hoppiness. The alcohol and cocoa comes out more forceful in the finish as well. Very nice. Glad I got to try this one.