madmitch76 (21781) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12th March 2010
Cheers Dave! Opaque black beer, thick chocolate coloured foamy head. Light malty nose with a slight metallic note. Soft dry palate. Coffee immediately presents, creamy coffee but with a bitter edge. A little red fruit, well buried - cherry identifiable. A fresh lacto sweetness runs throughout. Subtle whisky and just a little hop in the finish.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Alex (Masterski) and poured from 16oz CC growler into Night of the Living Ales glass. Apparently, this is Johnnie Walker Blue Label soaked oak chips, Marshal Zhukov, and local Florida hops. Sounds expensive!
A - Pours black with ultra-slim milk chocolate-colored head that vanishes very quickly. A slim right around the glass with a few bubbles here and there are evident, but nothing more.
S - Boozy, oak notes, dried dark fruit, chocolate.
T - Really really oak-forward, lots and lots of oak. Get the point? There’s a nice warm boozy character that adds to the oak and doesn’t make it over-the-top. There’s a nice bitter dark chocolate/hoppy finish.
M - Full bodied, little carbonation (which I prefer), creamy yet dry finish.
D - A pretty damn good RIS we have here. Only my second experience with Cigar City, and yet another good beer. I think this one is a one-off so I doubt I’ll ever have it again, but who knows.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super inky, mega black with a very dark brown head. Most stouts are lighter in colour than that head. The aroma is rich, like a DL or Expedition. Hoppy, bitter with super rich malt, chocolate, Cuban coffee on the palate. Molasses, too. For such an intense beer, this is balanced and quality.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very thick with crazy lacing on the glass. Fudge chocolate, smoky, little grassy from wet hops but fantastic.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ CCB tasting room. Thanks to Daknole. Thick inky black viscous. Sophisticated smooth understated aroma. Super complex with a balance of cocoa, acidity, and inky mocha but none of these words express the true character of this incredibly smooth sensual characterful but easy and understated big beer . Awesome.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
smells like a new shoe , and pours like straight up thick motor oil. The after taste is the best I have ever experienced. like a nice chocolate cover coffee ball.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler, i think shared by Kan, this was either stored for a year or came from a keg and recently filled. it poured black tan head. Nose dark chocolate pine, citrus, smoke, flavors sweet and bitter coffee roast, whiskey and vanilla, smooth and complicated barrel notes, nuanced, great stuff although clearly not as bright and hoppy as a year ago.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler... Black body, little to no head with some nice legs... The nose is a bit dead, has to warm up a lot to bring out anything more than some smooth Johnny, alcoholic oak with a little chocolate... This is super smooth but a touch charred, nice blue notes, no oak, nice chocolate notes, a touch tough to drink a lot of but fairly pleasant
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Kan. The only attendance goer bringing a totally sweet beer to the GTMW. Dark brown black with a thin head. Rich malt coffee and chocolate roast aromas. Rich malts roasty chocolatey. Rich smooth nice beer. Not too hoppy at this point, but still really good. I could drink more of this one. 9/4/8/4/15
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
32 oz growler. From the original batch, i’m told, so not expecting Johnnie to be so hopped up anymore. Awesome to have a shot at this one, regardless. Inky brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose is rather soft chocolate, coffee, smoke, molasses and orange marmalade. Crazy thick, rich and sticky with a mellow buzz. Taste is Mandarin orange, candied grapefruit peel, fudge and caramel. Finishes with scotch, finally, subdued bitter grass and hints of spicy heat. Beautifully melded, yum yum.