darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml thanks to GodofThunder at RL&RL. Pours pitch black. Huge bourbon nose with light fruity undertones (presumably the brandy). This beer will be near perfect in a year. Right now its a little hot. Hits your mouth up front with intense bourbon heat and settles into roasted chocolate, coffee, oat, and molasses. With a massively thick full body this sucker is hard to drink. Gorgeous to look at and possessing of a fantastic finish with cherry, vanilla and roasty grains and dark chocolate this beer is impeccably crafted and in a years time will be absolutely amazing. It just needs a little time for the bourbon to meld with the beer.
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Pours a jet black with no head. Aroma is chocalate bourbon, roasted malts and nuts. Taste is perfect. Bourbon is strong with chocalate and coffee. Brandy notes are also there. Palate is awesome weíll balanced and great warming ability. Overall this beer is almost perfect
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL poured deep dark void with dark mocha head, a bit of legginess along the inner edge of the glass and sparse spotty lacing. The aroma is rich with chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malts, some smooth bourbon like sweetness and caramel covered oak. The taste is smooth and churns up oak and spice and then interspersed with dark to burnt malts, thin dark chocolate like layers, some toffee, caramel, boozy whiskey notes and then aged caramel drizzled oak planks. It gets spicy and a touch hot into the finish. This ends up seeming a bit long on the barrel time for my taste, but not by much.
50belair (2489) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 A big tip of the cap to Hopscotch for shariní this beast. A bubble-less oil slick of concentrated delight. Doing what Cigar City does best, this complex warlockís brew has more sacrificial ingredients than the La Brea tar pits! Iím serious, maybe only Dark Lord can compare to the complexity behind the Marshalís label. Like any sailor entranced by the sweet songs of the Siren, the notes you hear will be specific to you. That being said, I tasted smooth delicious chocolate, molasses, brandy, oak, bourbon, and carmel. A real stunner....
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Pitch black ale. A very hard pour creates a thin, fat-bubbled, dark brown head. I normally have an ornery sniffer, but this complex brew is easily broken down into modules of caramel, mocha, fruity apple brandy, bourbon and oak. Full-bodied with a fairly thick, creamy mouthfeel and very little carbonation. Burnt and bitter, the flavor is a carbonaceous swirl of charcoal, ash, sweet mocha and dried dark fruits. Warm, comforting finish. Iím not a big fan of apple brandy and would have enjoyed this beer more had half of it been aged in a Cognac or traditional brandy barrel, but itís a top-notch, world class beer nonetheless.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great, amazing beer. Everything about this is smooth. I kind of like Bourbon county stout from goose island better. This is an amazing beer. Practically perfect.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL yellow-wax bottle from a super generous FL BA.
Pours a viscous oily black with very little carbonation - just a collection of brown bubbles around the edges. It does leave some brownish legs along the sides, almost tinting the glass a bit.
The aroma is complex and fantastic. Itís all in there - bourbon, vanilla, cocoa powder, charred black malts, oak, tobacco. I mean, itís just a massive nose.
The taste doesnít disappoint either. The burnt malt character is even more dominant than in the aroma. There is bitter chocolate, espresso and dark fruits. The barrel character hits hard in the finish and the bourbon especially burns going down.
The mouthfeel is where this one falls short of excellent as itís hardly carbonated at all. I had a regular 2010 Zhukov last week and it had the same issue. It doesnít completely take away from the beer but does affect the overall impression.
This is a massive, heavily charred impy stout that has a solid but not overpowering barrel character. If the carbonation had been a bit better this one would be a world class beer. Itís still an excellent beer.
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating 1400. Bottle, thanks Matt. Pours dark brown/black, with a slight brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, brandy, roasted malt, molasses, and a bit of smoke. Flavor is brandy, bourbon, dark fruit, roasted malt, molasses, caramel, and some alcohol. Start sweet and ends somewhat dry and a little bitter. Body is not as thick as I expected or as it looked like when I poured it. Great stuff.
mufasa (11) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was a fantastic beer. I could not imagine it being any better. Pours pitch black with no head. I love the complexity of this beer, my palate was going crazy with everything going on with this. I canít wait to try my second bottle once it ages a little more.
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 tasting on 7/30/10. pitch black pour with no head. I get a lot of the brandy barrel throughout this one - the bourbon barrel takes a backseat. dark fruit, chocolate, spice and brandy nose. big round body with lots of spice, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, light coffee and brandy. somewhat hot finish with more roast and a touch of the barrels. great barrel blend of an outstanding base beer.