mcberko (8421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cascade, pours black with a medium creamy brown head. Aroma brings out rich molasses, vanilla and bourbon barrels - very decadent. Flavour is similarly decadent, with big notes of roasted malt, molasses, bourbon, vanilla and candied sugar. Extraordinarily complex, with a finish of chocolate and vanilla beans. Awesome bourbon impie.
neepsntatties (1291) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Baileys Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour...basically black but dark brown at the edges. Nose...very figgy with dark raisins, currants, cassis and baked molasses. Palate...generous CO2 with a whole mess o’ Bourbon up front. More molasses come forward and mingles with sailor jack, kirsch and marzipan infused dark chocolate. The booze makes its presence known all around the palate and a tangy, burnt sugar bitterness lingers on the finish.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holiday Ale festival 2012 - Big dark black impy stout. Huge dark malt flavors lots of chocolate and coffee and lingering bourbon. This was a super tasty beer. Great Job.
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at HAF. Consumed on a fresh palate (and in a glass I brought with me because screw plastic mugs.)
A: Thick sludgy motor oil from a broken down Chevy. heavy mocha cream head, and some slowly drifting legs. Yeah, this is a perfect look.
N: Caramel, vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, oak, and bourbon that goes on for days. Some grassy elements in the background along with some dark fruit.
T: Brown sugar, bourbon, fudge, chocolate, and vanilla. This is very well balanced bedtween stout and barrel. A little roasted malt, some faint coffee whisps, and ample licorice. Has a pleasant grainy quality.
M: Could be a touch heavier here, but the alcohol is very well hidden.
O: Incredible balance and depth from a sour producer. I have to say I’m impressed and would definitely buy this if it were released in bottles.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest 2012... Poured pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma had lots of barrel notes consisting of whiskey alcohol and brandy. Thick mouthfeel. Characters of roast, cocoa and some of that booziness from the nose coming through. Also notes of vanilla, oaked whiskey. Quite smooth. Nice to see these guys doing a barrel aged, un-infected beer.