Slipstream (2024) - USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Rattle’n’Hum. Haven’t heard of Virginia’s Blue Mountain before, but this is a superb brew. A super tasty RIS loaded with the fresh, sweet flavors of - hops? - no, malts! There is a light hand with the hops and an expert one with the malts - bran muffin, sorghum, and blackstrap molasses are all present. Real nice!
Derek881 (1007) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a large corked bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a viscous black color with the slightest dark brown hue to go with a large, creamy dark tan head with average retention, but excellent cling and phenomenal lacing. Its aroma featured toasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of chili, along with some modest caramel and a bit of grainy and earthy hops. Its taste was surprisingly bitter and grainy with an earthy character, and only had modest chocolate and caramel sweetness deep underneath. The mouthfeel was intense, wet, and filling, with ample carbonation and a thick, creamy feeling, and a noticeable presence of alcohol. The punch of the taste and palate was perhaps over-the-top.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown-black pour with a thin white head. The aroma is lovely. Soft cocoa and a bit of light oak. Moderate barrel character and some light vineousness. A touch of dark malt mid-palate. Some toffee and a bit of light cocoa. Soft and a little bit sweet. Pretty nice really.
sonnycheeba (3560) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy beige head; short retention and decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast and caramel malts, milk chocolate, plums, coffee, and oak. Flavor is roast malt dominate with some dark fruit esters and earthy hops; bourbon and oak undertones throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (9697) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, prunes, dates, light chocolate and roast malt, earthy hops and faint licorice notes. Flavor is malt dominant, roast and chocolate, with dark fruity esters of prunes, plums, and raisins, vanilla and bourbon with a lightly sweet finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation.
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful example of a stout aged in barrels. Complexity level added with the bourbon overtones. Very noticeable but not overwhelming. Stout characteristics still come through.
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BoBoChamp (5448) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, at 10%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, woody/roasted and slightly spicy/salty, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My review might be skewed by the cigar I’m enjoying... Just FYI. I feel like they are going for Dragon’s Milk with this, and as New Holland’s "crown jewel" is the gold standard, this brew comes up a little short. The aroma is good, the look is good, but the taste/palate just don’t quite deliver. Don’t get me wrong, its smooth and delicious. Not too many coffee flavors, lots of cream from the oak. Its just missing something and that something is probably the panache of the new holland brand...
Leighton (10987) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at The Pony Bar UES, NYC. Pours clear, rich brown with a fine, light tan cream head. Nose holds lots of rich brown bread and milk chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary chocolate, light roast, very faint earth, brown sugar, light toffee, toasty malts and very light alcohol. Full bodied with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Very mellow warmth on the finish with lots of dark sugars, dark bread, milk chocolate, caramel, faint vanilla and mild bitter earth. Not bad.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong bourbon aroma which I love. I think it is lacking in body a little and the bourbon flavor hides the maltiness. Pours with a short-lived but beautiful head.