rbrazell (1586) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Proof. Opaque black pour with a small tan head. Aroma of deep fudge, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, oak and bitter chocolates. Lots of chewy Hersey’s kisses in the flavor along with vanilla, brûlée crust, oak, subtle bourbon. Vicious body with hardly noticeable alcohol and a slightly bitter finish. Fucking delicious beer and a real treat.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has the nose of bourbon, vanilla, and touch of oak, alcohol comes through too. The heat isn’t too bad on the palate, it actually has a creamy texture from the double stout. It’s rich but really tasty. Don’t drink it on an empty stomach!
stevencon (420) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at proof. Excited. Black pour with khaki head that fades. Aromas of wood vanilla coconut and coffee. Really enjoy the fresh cut wood aroma. Tastes of wood pulp vanilla and roasted grains. Lots of tannins. Thinner body than expected and I like full body stouts. Absolute pleasure to try this beer. As it warms up doesn’t get any more flavor. Really good beer try it if you can but don’t give up the world to try it.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml C&C bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Bottle # 272/1081. Huge thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. This was the night cap to the pre-DLD tasting.
A: Pours a jet black with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin collar that leaves some soapy looking lace across the glass.
S: Bourbon up front in the nose and slowly the dark fruits and pure chocolate start to emerge. As the glass warms the sweeter notes of caramel to show and the roasted malts also get amplified.
T: The dark fruits and the bourbon flavors are up front with smooth oak and a nice combination of dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. The finish is roasty with a nice addition of caramel and vanilla from the barrel.
M: Smooth and sweet with a low carbonation and chewier body. There is a mild warmth on the back end of each sip.
O: I really got the nice dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors from the Expedition Stout and the creamy malt and milk chocolate flavors from the Double Cream Stout. Overall, combined with the barrel aging this was a very nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-01-2012
Swans (127) - FRANCE - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Motor oil with a dark brown thin head. Smells like vanilla,coffe and dark caramel. The taste is pure mocha and sweet bourbon with roasted hints., Nice!
fletchfighters (1039) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Owen for the bottle.
Pours black, very thick, slightly oily looking. Dark mocha colored head with good lacing.
Nose is of bourbon, wood, roasted grains and malts. Big nose.
Taste and feel are quite heavy. Get a big amount of the base beer which is quite good but quite big and filling. Lots of roasted malts, slight charred ash and a lot of Vegemite and dark chocolate. Low carbonation.
Big beer. Quite heavy. Good beer though
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Autumn Brew Review 2012. A thick, heavy beer. Very low carbonation, similar to Expedition in that way. Heavily roasted grain, with some sugar. There is bourbon in the aroma and as well as in the flavor. AS far as bourbon-aged beers go, it is very good, but still more bourbon than I like.
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Big Beers. This is a top-notch brew. Well worth its lofty ratings. Dangerously drinkable for such a big beer. Molasses, brown sugar, booze and a little vanilla. Yummy.
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a sample of this at The Steel City Big Pour in Pittsburgh this September. The beer pours out black as pitch, with a mocha head. On the nose, I picked up vanilla, caramel, and oak barrel. The flavors were butterscotch, toffee, smoky dark chocolate, and black olives (presumably from the barrel). You could definitely pick up on the bourbon too, but it wasn’t integrated into the beer as well as with other barrel-aged stouts. On the whole though, this was fantastic and I feel really lucky to have tried this.
BMMillsy (1270) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 Had a tasting at Michigan brewers guild. Poured black and surprisingly thin. Smells of strong sweet chocolate. Tastes like liquid tootsie rolls. Thin mouthfeel. Too sweet. Is this what everyone was raving about? Maybe a bad keg at the tasting. Was not impressed.
2012 Re-Rate: Previously a 2.9 maybe from a bad keg? got a bottle now. Pours pitch black with a very small brown head. Aroma is heavy vanilla, licorice, chocolate and bourbon. Smells very rich. Some up front bite with medium low carbonation. Flavor of licorice at first, finishing with overwhelming chocolate and then sweet vanilla really lingering. Thick and viscous, slightly acidic with some burning alcohol goin on. Age would probably smooth it out but overall pretty awesome! Glad I got to rerate this.
Another rerate here with a 2012 bottle poured on 3/22/14. Mostly similar but the booze tones down considerably now. Big anise flavors and lots of beautiful vanilla chocolate good n plenties. This is still awesome.