cpetrone84 (1166) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark coffee brown with tight dark tan head. Nose has some subtle roasted malt, notes of coffee, vanilla cream, chocolate cake. There is a mild sweet bourbon note. It tastes well balanced, faint touch of sweetness with rich chocolate cake and vanilla notes. The coffee is lighter, Light note of sweet bourbon that picks up as it warns, more present than the nose but still subtle. Soft creamy feel, full bodied but not heavy with good carb and extremely drinkable.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally got to try this bad boy on tap at Bells. Poured a straight jet black color with a dark brown head, somewhat intimidating. Aroma s loaded with bourbon, lots of smoke, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate, really inviting. Flavor was much the game as the aroma, lots of bourbon taste but hardly any burn, lots of the smoke from the expedition but its toned down a bit by the sweet and velvety character of the double cream.Just a perfect masterpiece.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Fobab 2011. Pours black with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma is biting dark chocolate and roast, woody bourbon character, lots of coffee a bit of a burnt toast sharpness, vanilla and oak. Flavor is nice and rich, lots of dark chocolate, biting roast and coffee note, quite aggressive. Chocolatey and heavy barrell character. Pretty nice stuff
50belair (1824) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Beer Bistro. Joan Jett black pour with a mocha head. Wow, all kinds of bourbon in the nose. Creamy and smooth with lots of mellow bourbon, deep roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes. Iíve been chasing this stout for a long time and was not disappointed. Thanks to Dan and Tom for meeting up with me. Itís nice to get to experience these beers with local members of the beer community.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with thin tan head. Coconut, vanilla, chocolate, soft notes of dried fruits. Syrupy, sticky, with good carbonation. I can feel the heat in my gums, but alcohol is very well masked. Dried plum, fig, and molasses more prevelant in taste, followed by semi-sweet chocolate. Clean somewhat quick finish for the style. Lasting boozey tingle on my tongue and gums. Excellent, but probably not worth the hype.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft... Great looking beer, dark black body, thick dark tan head, about two fingers, nice retention great lace... The nose is fairly subtle and balanced, and you can tell they didnít release this until it was ready, light and very smooth bourbon, brownies, bitter chocolate, light roast... The taste is really smooth as well, but the finish is a bit alcoholic and astringent, the flavor is a touch light, I wish there was a bit sweeter... A really good beer that lives up to the hype
574deadzone (844) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bellís. Wow is all I can really say about this. Big, bold, smooth...definitely some bourbon notes and a little alcohol heat in there. But what a great flavor. Nice stuff.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at Detroit Fall Beer Festival.
A perfect balance of sweet and bitter, stout and bourbon, complex and yet accessible. Fantastic beer. Iím loathe to rate it based off the 3 oz sample, because Iíd really prefer to go off a 12oz sample enjoyed over a whole hour, but suffice to say I could probably drink a lot of this stuff if it was more readily available. Maybe Iíll start mixing DCS and ES and pouring in a shot of whisky just to fake it in the meanwhile...
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Draft. FINALLY, I am able to try this beer! On tap at ABR. Pours a pitch black brown color with a light tan collared head. Dark Chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of earthy leather aroma. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roast coffee adds some bitterness, dark chocolate, vanilla, all very well balanced together. Ends with a slight lingering bitterness. I find myself continuing to go back to Bellís tent to try this one and everytime is just as enjoyable as the last. The 10.5% is there but well incorporated and is not abrasive at all.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at The Brick Store, wow. So surprised this wasnít as hyped in ATL as CBS at the Porter last weekend. Poured black with a thick dark brown head. Stuck around. Aroma was big time roast, notes of coffee, sweet cocoa and big bourbon. Dreamy. Flavors were oh so smooth. Like incredibly smooth. Roast and bourbon for days with a thick creamy mouth. Espresso like bitter finish. The creaminess set this apart from other stouts of this caliber. Fantastic stuff.