Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We crack the cage and yank the stubborn cork for a brew of the darkest cola brown. The coloring lets a bit of light around the edges, but shows no real haze to the clarity. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This leaves spots and wisps of lacing as it recedes at a medium pace. Carbonation appears active. The aroma is hot with boozy bourbon from the start, but warmth gives way to the hearty malt background of toffees, caramels, and roasted chocolate. The oak in and of itself is warming, adding depth, along with strawberry licorice, black cherry syrupiness, white sugar chalkiness, lactic tartness, and cooling vanilla cake batter. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very sweet, but with an initial puckering bitterness of oak and booziness. As we sip, fusel booze, tootsie roll sugars, charred chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and soured oak start things off. The peak comes with more heavy booze, thick and musky woody dryness, and syrupy sugars of dark cherry. The finish is very drying, with an even more enhanced punch to the barreling that really overpowers the deep roasty maltiness, and makes way for the bright sweetness of cherry and apple fruitiness, and cooked caramel sugars. The final notes to leave the palate are black pepper spice of booze, mild but genuine bourbon flavoring, cola syrups, light diacetyls, and echoes of that dark fruitiness. The aftertaste flames of bourbon, chalky chocolate malts, juicy yeast, raw fig, massively dry woodiness, raw coffee malts, and thorough metallics. The body is full, and the carbonation is solidly medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with great softness on the front of the sip. The mouth is initially coated through the swallow, but dries to a bone almost instantly thereafter, with fiery prickle and coolness as the residual alcohol evaporates off. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the feel of it. The big sugariness gave stickiness around the mouth, while the fullness of body helped give nice pop and glug on the sip. This all coupled with soft creaminess, helping them to execute a highly desirable mouthfeel. The other components, however, were disappointing. The aroma felt cheap and overly sweet, while the flavoring was lopsided with sugars of its own, and all the drying characteristics of wood without much of its inherent warmth of flavoring. This is a decent effort, but without a solid base beer it is hard to build complexity.
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Cybercat (3195) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a coffee brown with a thick tan head. Roast malt and coffee aroma has an overtone of bourbon-soaked wood. Iím going Pavlov! Flavor starts with dark alt and adds on roast coffee, bourbon, oak, horehound, molasses and caramel tones for a WOW! beer. Smooth and fizzy texture leaves a mouthgasm-inducing finish of bourbon-infused oak, roast malt and molasses. Come to the Dark Hollow side - we have great beer!
RussianDragon (284) - - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a dark brown/near black with light passing, casting red hues when backlit. Beige head settles to a thin to moderate head with sugary lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, and bakerís chocolate. Flavor is bourbon upfront; surprisingly prominent. Coffee and chocolate notes follow, with a smoky complexity throughout. Silky thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Semi sweet chocolate finish. Worth seeking out.
HippieFee (46) - - JUL 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Large Bottle - A lot of bourbon flavor on this dark as night stout both in taste and smell. Smooth with a slight alcohol taste. Ok.
alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours stout black with aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt with a hint of booze. Lots of bourbon flavor with vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very nice beer!
Yorker (1090) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, and bourbon - with a slightly bitter finish.
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with a fairly tight tan head. Nose is lightly charred oak, rich chocolaty and caramel malt with a faint hint of marshmallow and a light acrid burnt aroma barely there. Taste is a bit more sweet. Malts are still very rich but then transition into some sugary sweetness. Barrel and char have a more muted presence up front, the acrid flavor isnít really there. Body is a bit empty in the finish and lacks carbonation. Feel is soft and creamy but a touch slick.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque and black; thinnish head. Sweet nose. Fatty, milkshake-like texture. Lots of char, tar, coffee and heavy cream flavors. Sweetness is overriding. Pleasant notes of coconut and vanilla.
kidobutai (290) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer, but this is what I like these days. Only the head was a little disappointing. Great ABV, caramel aroma and taste, like an after dinner drink.
nasmith003 (46) - Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty aroma dark color full malty taste. Sweet with a hint of hops. Definite bou rd bon character that enhances the beer.
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, quite sweet vanilla and toffee, bitter, wee bit oxidised.