DialSquare (2633) - Columbus, Ohio, 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 (631) - 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 (3055) - 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 (1513) - 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 (3962) - 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.
Daveh (14) - - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tastes of dark chocolate with a little acidy feel. Goes down very smooth and I’m not a stout person. Definitely worth trying.
tmongoose (1266) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft and one of the best beers i have had and every bit worth its rating. poured almost black with no head. the aroma of dark roasted malt and chocalate with touches of coffee..the flavor is boozy and chocolate nibs deep and rich with flavor. absolutely incredible. could i have had more..oh hell yea...pure bliss with this one and stout lovers will agree.
reberiii (325) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Best beer I’ve had this year. Dark, dark pour from tap, boozy taste (welcomed), malty, sweet, with bite.
rxeight (1301) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Sample draft at FOBAB. Slight bourbon aroma. Taste has a soft bourbon taste with a nice underlying stout flavor. It is very smooth and very balanced but nothing that really blew me away. Medium thickness, on the thin side for the style. Incredibly smooth for something this big. Overall, this is a very good beer that did not live up to my high expectations. Initial rating of 4.1
Tried again. This time with the new 12oz bottle. Compared to KBS and bourbon county. Both from 12. A decent amount or bourbon this time. Not quite as much as bc but close. Much smoother than bc though. Had aa cream taste on the back better than thei vanilla flavor some have.Really enjoyed it. Bumped up a few ticks on that performance.
Bacterial (1531) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes! This is the bomb. On draft at Republic - had this with two other fantastic bourbon barrel beers from Bells. It is thick, dark, bourbon goodness. Lovely.