Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, molasses, espresso, light coconut, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with no transparency and a minimal tan head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate, molasses, and light dark fruit. The finish has light espresso, vanilla, and bourbon. It’s full bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.
tectactoe (3114) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Deep, oily black. Typical for a CCB stout. Modest deep-tan head that quickly succeeds to a thin collar. Aroma of spicy cedar wood, peppers, roasted chocolate malt, milky cocoa, very faint bourbon warmth, faint vegetal notes, & a small hint of smoke. Flavor has more smoke & smooth, creamy chocolates up front. Hints of wet oak, dates, faint vanilla, & chocolate chips. Small touch of spicy cedar. Creamy, pretty smooth. A bit of burnt brown sugar that lingers in the finish with a hint of musty wood. Nice stuff overall.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: An orgy of sweetness, booze and barrels. Typical over-the-top CCB, hard to drink.
How: Bottle 750ml, thick black wax, #398 of 449, consumed with a few years of age on it. A forgotten bottle in the back of my cellar sent to me by Elliesbrown, thanks a lot Zack.
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head.
In long: Nose is an overload of bourbon with the usual company of vanilla and other bourbon barrel friends. Taste improves on the aroma with the fun cedar barrel to oppose the usual boring bourbon juice. There is vanilla, bourbon, spicy cedar, coconut, plenty of booze, nougat, an exaggerated amount of residual sugars. Astringent hot finish dominated by wood and booze. Booze and sweetness are over the top, this is more than a sipper. Body was a bit disappointing, with this gravity and sweetness level I would have expected a rich thick body, it was just a medium body that made the sweetness and booze all the more apparent. No sign of age which is nice. After over an hour I was still struggling with the bottle, I finally gave up and didn’t finish it. I am often puzzled by the high ratings of those CCB boozy sugar-bombs, here I am completely dumbfounded. I’m obviously going against the grain here so I’d be curious to revisit this beer, but at this point this beer is as rare as a black person in a coloring book.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Love 110k. Has a great amount of alcohol and some sweetness to it. You can taste the cedar and the caramel. The hops is noticeable but not taking over.
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of CCB’s first big stouts :-). For an older brew, it tasted much like a fresh Humidor Zhukov. There weren’t many hints of carbonation, but the fudge-black pour was enticing. The aroma and taste are the same; dry oak, citrus and berries with some toffee and a chocolate/bourbon twang. Complex and satisfying. Shared by the generous OmegaX.
OmegaX (1344) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 117/449? I think? Anyways, the aroma is big molasses, sherry like notes, wood, bourbon, chocolate, lightly earthy. Woah. Pour is jet black. Not much for a head. Flavors are, again, lightly oxidized bourbon and molasses with a chewy chocolate flavor and texture. Really enjoyable.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just in the nick of time. Actually maybe a little late. The pour is dark black with a big brown head. The nose is chocolate, molasses, some cherries and light vanilla and unfortunately, some metallic oxidation. The taste has the same, some metallic bitter tinge, but not overtaking it yet, there is still some pleasant sweetness and low bitter to it. The texture is soft, body is heavy but starting to break down and the finish is long. If you have bottles left of this, drink it now.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big huge bourbon nose, woody earthy sweet with a touch of barrel tartness, bitter acrid notes. Black pour with a brown head and nice legs. BOurbon sweetness, vanilla nd brown sugar with a good dose of hoppy imperial stout base beer. Nice long dry finish, still roasty and hoppy with a good barrel treatment. Nice beer.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #285/449 shared by Jason. The beer pours to a pitch black body with an ultra dark brown head. The aroma is oaken chocolate. Syrup and dark malts. Rich and complex. The flavors are really rich and thick. Sweet palate. I’d have this again!
Ughsmash (7361) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, #285/449. Poured black with a creamy dark brown head. The aroma picked up a warm blend of chocolates, licorice, and near-burnt, ashy black malt topped by a big dose of barrel (bourbon, peppery cedar, and a splash of vanilla).. this was skewed a bit too much toward the barrel, but it was a good barrel. The flavor found a lot of sweet bourbon, vanilla, and coconut throughout.. a touch of smoked black malt plus cocoa nibs and licorice at the core.. coconut, cocoa, and bourbon on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavy-bodied with a lot of roast on the palate.. moderate carbonation.. a fair amount of bitterness.. warm and really tasty, with just a little too much barrel. I’d love to try it again.