hopsbreath (24) - St Helens, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown in the glass with translucent edges. A near complete cappuccino cap slowly recedes to a glass ring. Moderate legs with surprising lacing makes this appear to be a winner. What a nose. Iím not just using flowery language, but authentic bitter cocoa infused baked goods are detectable. Beautiful barrel notes full of vanilla and oak lend a compliment to the sweet caramel alcohol. Huge and unabashed on the booze. One of the richest stouts Iíve ever smelled. Big peppery dark fruits and raisins by the truck load. Chocolate, vanilla, toffee, obvious bourbon... A decadent dessert in a glass to be sure. No coffee in this guy, but thatís not really his bag. Deep and lush, fairly light in body with soft carbonation, and an only slightly sticky finish. The high ABV would suggest it should be heavier than this. Very smooth on the palate with honest tongue numbing qualities.
Theydon_Bois (12570) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Commons, PDX, big thanks to Luke - Sarlacc83, 09/11/14.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with moderate light tan spotting.
Nose is tangy dark fruits, spice, chocolate, earthy, chocolate balsam notes.
Taste comprises bitter dark fruit, liqourice, spice, tagny dark fruit, chocolate, charr, aniseed.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming alcohol.
Solid impy, drinks well below the ABV, nice fruit balsam effect.
Salmoniform (1222) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 poured from tap to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head that held a ring. Aroma is huge toffee, figs, dates, tobacco, leather, caramel, ethanol. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet (but not cloying), followed by s nice ethanol warming in the finish. Overall this vintage is amazing right now!
pdx77 (1477) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at 6th Anniversary Party for Saraveza. 2011 vintage. Deep black color. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, and chocolate with bourbon. Taste is similar, but caramel is added to the wonderful notes. Amazing.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Muckfest V on 7/12/14. Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate and toffee. Malty and chocolatey flavor with a boozy finish.
emacgee (4361) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks JCB. Light pour with one finger of tan head. Rich nose, raisiny, dark fruit, alcohol, prune, dark chocolate. Rich flavor with lots of prune, alcohol, burnt coconut, molasses, burnt sugar, and a medium full body.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing. Near black thin pour. Raisin, prune, port, hazelnut, and chocolate on nose. added fig and vanilla. Sweet. Thin palate. Great for a small pour.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Todd for sending our way... Pours a dark cola-ey pour, thin with reddish edges and not all that much of head while topped with a minimal film of head... Aroma of ash papery malt forward bomb. Aged for the most part with tootsie roll and nutty chocolate malt notes... Flavors are more of the same. Sweeter with tootsie roll chocolate notes. Somewhat flimsy body but nicer after warming. Not that deserving of the higher ratings but still nice regardless..
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Kan! Pours black no head. Aroma is smokey, ash, metallic. Flavors sharp barrel notes, ashy cigar character, sweet plums. Really thinned out.
nimbleprop (5790) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1, 12oz bottle. Pours a translucent black with some wispy, beige head. Nose of cake icing, marshmellow, coconut, light wood, light malt, some vanilla, cakey. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, coconut, a lot of toasted marshmellow, birch sap, brown sugar, caramel. Sweet, but really smooth, finish.
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Small beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, molasses, roast, some raisin, alcohol, grapefruit, light milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, molasses, milk chocolate, some alcohol. Low carbonation, sitcky full body.