hopscotch (8368) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma offers up huge components of white oak and coconut. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The flavor is a luxuriant mélange of coconut, milk chocolate and sourmash. Warm, not hot, alcohol here. Finishes bittersweet and a good bit bourbony. 13% abv? Really? I’m not picking up on that. World class imperial stout provided by scraff!
strap (363) - honolulu, Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark brown with no head. vanilla, oak, chocolate aroma. goes down fairly smooth for a 13% ABV beer. one of the better from Blue & Gray
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark brown, a bit of a watery head... the nose is pretty nice, light bourbon with chocolate... tastes pretty light and easy to drink for a 13% but not very memorable
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz @Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks Ibrew2or3-pours a light tan ring for a head and brown color. Aroma is bourbon/oak, medium/dark malt-molasses, secondary spice hops, acidic. Taste is smooth-ish bourbon/oak, alcohol, medium/dark malt-molasses/peat, secondary spice hops, acidic. Still hot.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of ksurkin. Pours a deep clear mahogany with dark tan head. The aroma is chocolate malt balls, earthiness and apples as well as some bourbon and wood. The taste is smooth yummy chocolate and toffee and malt balls rolling into richer chocolate goodness, smooth bourbon, mild wood notes and growing booziness into the finish. Nice stuff. Wow. The flavor notes really work well together creating a toffee, chocolate, malted milk shake like latte experience until the heat shows up and thus breaking up the level of yumminess that was attained.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for the share. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, some coconut, and booze burn. Flavor is similar with sweetened chocolate up front, vanilla, marshmallow, some toasted coconut, and booze burn. Light to medium in body for a barrel-aged stout. Enjoyable, yet very sweet.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle looks great on the pour, 99% opaque deep brown with a creamy, thick, lacing beige head. Nose smelled a little infected to me, prunes, lacto, cherries, light vanilla, some berry, burnt toast, stale coffee. Flavor is sweet, light smoke, burnt toast, malty, caramel, maraschino cherry, coffee liqueur, malt extract. It’s a touch cloying in the mouth. The barrel is nice, well balanced in terms of having enough barrel flavor, but it could have benefits from less alcohol and less sugar. Fairly smooth all the way through though, and easily drinkable. I have mixed emotions, I like it for the smart way it was barrel aged but the base beer is not quite there.
Velkyal (270) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark, deep ruby edges, light brown head. So far so good, then it turns weird. Think prunes. now soak prunes in vodka. What do you get? boozy prune juice, or this beer. Very weird, but any more than a 4oz sampler would have been poured away.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Poured into a snifter.
5.0 A: Exceptional appearance. Dark, very dark brown color. Two plus fingers of super creamy head with great retention and glass coating amounts of lacing.
4.0 S: Primarily bourbony with some coffee and roasted barley notes. Bourbon is strong without being overwhelming and brings along lots of oak, leather, and vanilla. Good here.
1.5 T: The taste is pretty disappointing. It’s a mixture of cloyingly sweet, super bitter, and boozy. Yes, it’s both too sweet and too bitter at the same time. Somehow the two flavors didn’t cancel each other out. Anyway, there’s a ton of astringency coming out of this as well, which is strange because I didn’t pick up any in the nose. Fairly strong smokiness. Bourbon contributes no good flavors, at least none that make it past the astringency. There’s some chocolate in there, but the dominant unwanted flavors all but cancel it out.
2.0 M: Super cloying without being particularly creamy. Good moderate carbonation. Not smooth at all from the astringency.
1.0 D: I don’t drainpour beer, ever. However, if this was any less drinkable, I would.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-02-2010 00:49:39
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a balanced coffee and chocolate sweet note. Coffee bitter flavor with a vanilla sweet note and a dry roasted finish