DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle lagunitasfan. Dark oil pour, whispy brown head. Roasty nose with a little boozy rum floating in the background. Sweet, roasty, malty flavors with some brownie and nuts. Sweet but soft, somewhat velvety with fudge in the finish and the rum rounding and softening and refining things. Pretty damn good...if not maybe just a touch too sweet...but the rum makes that a lot more tolerable than it would be without the rum.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey in D.C. (full pour). Pours impenetrable black with the deepest, frothiest brown head I’ve yet to come across. The aroma is ripe with black currant, black cherries, smoke, molasses, dates/prunes, rum, oak and berries. It is violently overwhelming and I love it! The flavour is a bit salty (slightly off-putting) with intense milk chocolate, tannic notes, ash, coffee, and black pepper. Slimey/sweet vinous malts hide the booze. The mouthfeel is slick, gently carbonated, and as full-bodied as they come with an uber long palate duration. The finish leaves violently intense chocolate and smoke impressions. This is not for the faint of heart. A beer truly reserved for the sturdiest of palates. The only thing that I could really have done without was the odd salty tinge. aside for that, this is magnificent!
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL at RBSG 2011. The pour is a flat, ink black with ruby highlights. Nose is red fruity, vinous, currants. Taste is ashy, chalky, tobacco. Palate is astringent, tannic, ashy. Feels over oaked. Would like to retry.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours to a pitch black body with an ultra dark brown head. Creamy. The aroma is tomato juice. Very strange that I get that, but I’m sticking to it. The flavor is spiced rum and chocolate with a subtle tangy bloody mary and a really dry black patent malt on the finish. Deep raisins with subtle cinnamon. At times, some vegetal components. The palate is really thick and full bodied. Booze is well hidden. I think it’s simply off.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tepid red-brown, thin tan ring. Cocoa, oatmeal, chocolate. Dirty vinous chocolate, bit of oat and roasted malt, short finish with thin vinous body. Chalky sugar, messy body, but decently balanced for ccb.
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Sean9689 for this... pours a dark black body with a dark tan head, a decent head rises but fails to thin ring... nose is outstanding, the best rum barrel aged beer I’ve come across, unreal sweet rum and coconut notes, subtle rum with a hint of roast... taste is fantastic, totally a bohr and dirac blend with a lot of roast and smoke coming through but its smoothed out and muted by the rum which adds a great sweet quality to this... palate is perfect, velvet alcohol... this is the real deal, get this
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Armin for bringing the 750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a well-retained dark tan head.. set up very nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up a lot of green raisins, vanilla, and a little celery upfront, with some dry rum and cinnamon not far off.. mostly sweet with just a little roast.. aiight. The flavor opened sweet with milkier chocolates, a touch of honey, and vinous notes leading.. drier toward the back, showcasing more of the raisins and rum, with a touch of maple/molasses.. finished sweet and fairly roasty, with lots of rum and lots of raisins.. really, really sweet. Heavier-bodied and just too sweet on the palate.. a bit too sweet for my liking, but the sugars were certainly tasty.. a tad too green and raw, but I’d drink it again.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, thanks J for this! Thick oily black pour, very dark tan head. Aroma has notes of rum soaked raisin, vanilla, lots of cinnamon and spices, some anise and slight dark chocolate. Taste is lots of raisin and other dark fruit, chocolate, rum and vanilla, with slight booziness, big dark chocolate and vanilla, some rum soaked dark fruit and a sweet sticky finish. Good stuff, but very sweet.
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head. nose contains dark chocolate, raisins and rum barrels. Tastes as delicious as it smells. Incredibly smooth
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours the blackest of black with a small thing head of deep dark brown. Gorgeous beer, as most CCB stouts are. Nose is Rich dark chocolate, heavy raisin and fig notes with a spicy scent of cinnamon and fruity alcohol which is probably the rum barrel. Rum is apparent up front with some pretty heavy alcohol coming to play. Salty in the mid palate with dark smooth chocolate and little roast bitterness. Finishes smooth and slightly spicy with some fruity top notes. I think I preferred the non barrel aged version, as the barrel has dulled some of the intense chocolate character. Still a fantastic beer.