trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this one -- really interesting brew. The fruitiness of those currants and figs really comes through, and the vanilla is also readily apparent -- none of those flavors slips to the background. Some of the caramelly oak from the bourbon is definitely there, along with the traditional booze dilution, and while I think it could use a bit of refinement, the flavors play together well and make for a far more interesting brew than I anticipated.
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from capitol beer. Aroma is wood , grape, . Has some slight sour taste. Has a bourbon aftertaste.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbony! Brown in color. Some oak and vanilla! And some wood! Some malts. Good stuff
raphael (912) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My nose is thinking plum pudding some stouts been spilled on--plums, brown sugar, brandy, molasses. Opaque darkest brown with a deep knaki head. Balanced in the mouth. Flavor wise its much sweet balanced with some fruit sout, alcohol and valiant but outnumbered hops. Something I’d like to be drinking back home in a snifter rather than in a olastic mug at the wonderful oregon brewer’s fest. I’m guessing this will be one of the big hits,
beertholomeus (882) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2012. Pours a burnt reddish brown color with a thin khaki head. Malt, caramel, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, tart and some alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, plum, raisin, tart, oak, brown sugar, vanilla and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Slightly sweet with a malt, dark fruit and vanilla finish. Wouldn’t mind a bit more barrel character.
Nocturne (879) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Dark brown, perhaps ruby in shade. Nice long-lasting head. Aroma is quite muted at first. Bourbon and toffee shyly come forth, then later some bubblegum yeastiness. Malty, brown sugar, bourbon-rich taste. I like the barrel influence. Solid stuff but nothing to pay over the odds for.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking.
S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That’s about it.
T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater.
M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some.
O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Half pint @ Chuck’s. When I say I’m looking for something different, this is what I’m talking about. Bourbon, slight tang, gorgeous red, vanilla(?). Good god this is delicious. Who the fuck is Black Diamond?
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: dark reddish-brown pour with large creamy, light tan head. Aroma is dusty with woody oak, chocolate, cola, cherry, and vanilla. Flavor is cherry cola, vanilla, a light oaky bourbon and a very slight yeasty funk. Palate is mostly sweet and creamy thick. Overall an interesting beer but the flavors never seem to settle, probably could use some age to gel the flavor.
Daytonbeer (662) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, sugar, and some soy sauce. Taste is also complex. Sweet, citrus, bourban. Overall very nice, but a little unbalance and too sweet.