drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/26/13. 750mL bottle (from Grassroots back when this came out) shared at the QC tasting. Black pour with a thick tan head that laces okay. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, touches of cherry and other dark fruits, bourbon, wood, and more. Wonderful flavor, of course it is a touch sweet, with bourbon, cherry and dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee/ash/roasted malts, and more. ABV is hidden surprisingly well. Tasty.
cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by drowland, pours pitch black with a thick brown head and a little bit of lacing, the aroma is full of dark chocolate mixed in with cherries and some of the heat from the bourbon too, the flavor is insane, really sweet? Of course, it is what it is, tons of cherry with dark fruit and chocolate with some vanilla in the finish, the bourbon and abv is there, and you can taste it for sure, one heck of a big beer, for some reason I’m a sucker for these.
suprchunk (2604) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque black pour. No light getting through this oil sludge. Big head, reminiscent of crema, that quickly falls. Little bit of lacing left behind. Alcohol up front. Follow that up with figs, chocolate, molasses, malt, vanilla. Thick mouthfeel with a slight bitterness-from the cherries I would imagine. A melange of chocolate, sour cherries, malt, sugar, coffee. Amazing. Not sure if I get the chocolate covered cherry. But I do get an awesome stout with a nice cherry background and a very pronounced chocolate presence. Excellent.
tricyclist (1044) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wanted to like this... Badly... But I just can’t get into it. Maybe it needs to warm up. I dunno. Pours deep dark and murky with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is so sweet it’s unbearable. Maybe time in the bottle could help. Seriously, I get super ripe cherries and chocolate.. Not a ton of barrel presence. Also may need to warm up for that to reduce the sharpness. Mouth is almost sugar water... It’s seriously not my thing. I wish it was... Girlfriend says it tastes like a dirty chocolate factory...
mcberko (9343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, sent from Daniel719 (thanks a lot, Daniel), pours jet black with small bubbly tan head. Nose brings out cherries, bourbon barrels, vanilla and slight cocoa. Flavour brings out chocolate covered cherries, light bourbon, and alcohol warming without the burn. Big, thick, viscous and like a black forest cake. Very overrated, with not much complexity for such a barrel aged 15% beer. Drinkable in tiny amounts, but not too good.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a pitch black, very thick appearance, taste is very full, lots of chocolate, a nice bourbony finish and a it is very flavourful, really enjoyed this one.
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with aromas of chocolate, cherries, bourbon and roast. Flavors are chocolate covered cherries with some bourbon infused in it. Thick on the palate sweet aftertaste the end all be all dessert beer that after you finish you go to bed because it’s liquid dessert in a bottle.
olr1984 (1324) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle thanks to Tim. Pours a dark brown and oily black with zero head. Big bourbon and cacao aroma. Cherry vanilla taste up front that is amazing. Finishes with a bourbon and toffee taste
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty sweetish chocolate aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate flavor with weak woody hints and hints of cherries. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate finish.
zgaier (1638) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1000th Beer, a collaboration between two of my favorite breweries
Pours pitch black with a dark brown head and nice, sweet chocolate cherry aroma. Taste is delicious, sweet cherry and dark fruits combined with deep chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa and strong bourbon notes leading to a bourbon cherry finish. Amazing brew, great flavor and complexity while the alcohol is well hidden at 15%