nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Blind Tiger. Dark, viscous pour with a tight tan head. It even smells oily. Smoky, sweet and dusty chocolate, peaty, and lots of earth. More chocolate than expected and slightly boozy but not overwhelmingly so. Bourbon and oak come through really well and are balanced by the resiny hops and the chocolate. Definitely boozy and warming flavor. Excellent creamy and full chocolate notes. Bourbon flavors are really well integrated. Lingering smoky, tannic and quite astringent finish. Really excellent.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #600. Cask @ Blind Tiger. Pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavor is very roasty followed by bitter chocolate. You can barely taste the alcohol here, and itís really balanced for such a monster beer. Excellent, excellent offering here.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Thanks to Sean for this sample! Batch 1 Black pour with a brown head. Woody aroma. Medium bodied. Espresso, chocolate, hops and vanilla. I was expecting it to be a little more rich, but it was still very good!
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A very woody chocolate stout. Just as good as the original
How: Bottle 750ml. Vintage, about 9 months old it seems. Shared by jimmack being his usual generous self. I owe you one JimÖ another one
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Instead of describing this beer Iíll compare it to the regular non-barrel-aged Chocolate Stout that we all know and love. Body is much thinner than the original. A little less chocolaty with a buttery/greasy chocolate sensation instead of the pure black chocolate of the original. Not that much barrel on the nose but taste is very woody. Some vanilla notes that I donít find in the original. Overall this one looses in chocolate richness and body but gains that cool wood flavour making it more easily drinkable than the original. I think they are about even. Iíd buy this one as often as I buy the original one if it was as widely available. Unfortunately Iíll be offered a fashion show thong inspector job before Iím offered another bottle of this beer.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Pours opaque black, with a thick brown head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is a bit boozey at first, bourbon and vanilla some oak, but those notes strangely receded as the beer warmed, leaving behind a big, roasty dark chocolate note. Taste is surprisingly a bit mellow - dark roasty malt and a hint of cocoa combine with a hint of effervescence in the front, moving to a very roasty, almost charred oak note, smooth with a bit of cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick but not oil-thick. Thinner than some impys, with a decent amount of carbonation.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by jimmack? Definately an improvement over the regular version but was quite thin which proved to be a little of a turn off. Other than that not a bad beer at all.
dmac (3543) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle provided by jimmack at the Captain Lawrence batch 2 Cuvee de Castleton release, thanks Jim. Pours jet black and slick as oil with a small lacing of creamy beige head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, light bitter chocolate and oily butter. It’s almost like some one melted some chocolate and combined it with roasted malts. Smooth body but thinner then Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout but still rich and full. Flavor isn’t as chocolatey as other impy stous but loaded with lots of burnt and roasty malts. Great beer that I wish was available to purchase.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of a mysterious man, knowledge of him I shall disavow if questioned. The aroma was dark roasted malt, tart, twang and cooked dark fruits along with a bit of powdered aspirin. I didnít find it particularly appealing and I didnít notice much int he way of barrel-aging notes either in the form of wood or Woodford Reserve. The body was a full on black and held a thumb thick tan head. The first sip is very vinous with lots of dark fruit, toasted and roasted malt notes, mild chocolate and more of that tart, tangy, almost wild finish. Kind of had a Belgian Stout feel to it and that isnít an approach I much care for.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Thanks, Paul! Pours an oily, chocolate-brown color; medium brown head with minimal retention and patchy lacing. Solid amounts of bitter chocolate and astringent, mineral hop bitterness; slightly rough, bitter chocolate edges. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, toasty bitter chocolate upfront, with slightly over-the-top mineral-based astringent bitterness; very rough around the edges; toasty bourbon character, but messy and very astringent / burnt overall. Lengthy finish: bready, burnt malts, and plenty of chocolate.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle. Nearly black in color with a medium sized tan head. Lots of vanilla in the nose, along with some oak, mild bourbon and dark chocolate. The flavor was dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and again just a little bourbon. The bourbon complimented the flavor of the beer, not like some bourbon barrel beers which overpower the beer itself. The body was surprisingly thin, but was actually welcomed since it was sampled outside on a 95 degree day. However I would normally prefer an impy stout to be more full bodied. Very enjoyable.