orangesol (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with who cares.
A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of strong bourbon and intense caramel malt sweetness. Cherry, chocolate and vanilla creep in as it warms up. A nice mix, maybe a touch too sweet.
T - Starts off just like the nose with the intense malt sweetness and the strong bourbon burn. Once they die down a bit of the vanilla and chocolate come in with some light hints of cherry coming in toward the end of each sip. Finish is pretty sweet with some mild heat, lingering on the palate long after the finish. I was expecting more cherry in this one, just tastes like a normal bourbon barrel stout.
M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel for the most part, goes a touch watery toward the end. Not overly thick like most in the style, that said I think it needs a little more body to help it hold up all those bold flavors.
O - A nice enough stout. It has all of the flavors I look for in a bourbon barrel stout but I was expecting more cherry than I actually got. It just ended up being a regular bourbon barrel stout for the most part which is fine but not really want they were going for with this.
DonIPA (8) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is dark roasted malt, cacao nibs, alcohol/bourbon, light cherry sent. Appearance is a thick black motor oil like pour, with a small light brown head and minimal lacing. Taste is heavy and sweet. Palate comes with a full body very bourbon and cherry forward. Siting in the mouth it has oily sticky texture, soft carbonation, and the alcohol becomes present as the beer warms up. A lingering semi sweet coco finish. Overall this beer meets expectations based on what is listed on the label and Cigar City’s previously released dark stouts. It is not as chocolate forward or as thick as Marshal Zhukov, instead it’s a bit thiner, letting the bourbon and cherry shine. A well crafted beer and nice special release.
tkrjukoff (4128) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle tnx to daknole. Pours black brown with a small bubbly tanned head. Aroma is sweet roasted fruity bourbon vanilla chocolate. Flavor similar to aroma, fullbodied velvety chocolate a bit acidy cherries roasted nicely bitter with a longlived boozy warming aftertaste.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL... Poured dense, dark, black with a moderate forming, tan/light brown head. Some bubbly retention. Aroma had bourbon booze, toasted grains, and a big cherry bomb. Thick, sticky mouthfeel, carbonation was just right. Lots of sweetness, but honestly not too bad with the alcohol heat. And the cherry notes were up front and super flavorful. Candied malt notes, cocoa, simple syrup, oak, and loads of bourbon on this one. This is tasting great now, but will probably get even better with some age.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great CCB stout. It poured like engine oil and smelled like bourbon-soaked cherries and chocolate liquor. The taste was full of milk chocolate, vanilla, wood and subtle cherries. There was a nice trace of bourbon in the finish, and that heat brought balance to this brew. Very well done stout here!
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Flavor is complex, kind of reminds me of a blend between BCBCS and Hunaphu. Chocolate cordial flavor is big. Guessing an abv of around 11-12. A sipper
mverity (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Bottle from Proof. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black and opaque. Deep brown head with same collar. Decent legs, and head was thick and yummy. Aroma is of sweet/dark cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, a smooth/woody bourbon. Taste is wonderful. Exact same as smell. Mouthfeel is viscous, fully coats my mouth, and is exactly what I want. Super fantastic beer. Dessert in a glass!
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Pour jet black with a small tan head. Smell cherry, chocolate and booze. Tastes of this beer is huge, oh does it lingers. Tastes bourbon, chocolate, cherries and cocoa. Man oh man, this is a fantastic!
beechner224 (807) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle. Pitch black color with small tan head. Aroma is cherries and chocolate. Taste gets more chocolate and bourbon as it warms. Drink it just below room temp, you get much more of the bold chocolate flavored and the barrels. Very good. Get one if you can.
DrewFace (928) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beechner224 for the bottle share! Obvious notes of chocolate and cherry in the aroma, much more bourbon in the aroma as it warms. Dark pour with thin khaki head. Taste is fairly sweet at first with nice cherry notes and some chocolate. Would like some extra chocolate/bitterness given the goal of this beer. Letting it warm brings out a little more chocolate and much more of the bourbon. This beer is really great, just let it warm up quite a bit to bring out all of the character.