ACHops (900) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 version on tap @ Black Raven, listed as 11.7% here. Pours deep brownish black with very thin dark mocha head. Aroma is charred dark chocolate malt, heavy coffee, soy sauce, licorice, oak, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is similar - big chocolate notes throughout, lots of soy sauce and umami flavors. Super rich, obviously, but lighter mouthfeel than expected. Bourbon is there too, but not dominant like BCBS or Fremont KDS. More neutral oak comes out. Adds some real depth to regular Grandfather Raven, which is hard enough to find - never even seen this around. Definitely worth trying if you come across.
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@ gABBF 2015. Black body with tan head. Dry wood, bourbon, dark chocolate aromas. Medium body. Wet wood, bourbon, semi sweet chocolate flavors ----good
douglas88 (6812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably the best beer at GABBF 2015. Pours a pure black color with a wispy brown head. A big bourbon and roast nose. Huge dry roast base, licorice, massive bourbon, vanilla, but the beer manages to be roasty and dry with cocoa. Dark fruit. Excellent. Damn awesome.
Sledutah (5652) - Utah, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at GABBF, 2012 version
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, bourbon and vanilla. Taste of bourbon, woody, vanilla and dark fruit
Wow, very nice.
SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GABBF: Poured a super dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is nice bourbon with some wood, vanilla, and carmel. Taste was nice boozy vanilla, bourbon, light hints of chocolate and malts. Somehow I didn’t add my rating from last year, but another year on this has really made it something special.
andrewje41 (1071) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Stumbled upon this gem by complete accident. Listed as 12+%. 2012 vintage. Pours a jet black color with a tan foam head. Cocoa aroma, with a small amount of raisin, plum and booziness. Smooth drink with no overpowering flavor at all. Dark fruit hinted flavor with a mild cocoa flavor. So we’ll balanced. Quick sweet finish. Fantastic beer.
tcon25 (174) - Duvall, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Draft at brewery, listed as the 2012 @ 12%ABV. Smooth start with a really good bourbon finish! Leaves a little bite at the end. Great Beer.
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014. Pitch black. All the usual suspects. Vanilla, oak, chocolate.. in overabundance. Good golly it’s big. Boooozy. Too much of a good thing? Seems like it.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwer’s. Was the special 2pm pour. Pretty black with tan head, but typical look and aroma. vanilla-chocolate, sweet milk chocolate body. Tasty coffee, some toffee notes. Vanilla alc burn. Nothing mind blowing but nice.
bvc (1179) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at BR. Deep rich black pour with small khaki head. Molasses, vanilla, cocoa nibs, wet bourbon, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins. Balanced barrel notes going on here. Toasted spice roasted nut, bourbon glazed vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, dried prunes, heavily roasted malt, hints of chocolate and tobacco in the finish.