ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012, black waxed, Blanton’s barrels. on draft at Brewvival but rated from the bottle purchased at the release. pours a rich, dense black that sits oily in the glass capped by a razor thin, dark khaki, head. aroma is excellent with rich chocolate brownies, gingersnap cookies, dark roasted malts, and toasted coconut backed by smoked wood, ash, dark fruits, and just a hint of bourbon. flavor is wonderful as well with more barrel notes of vanilla, coconut, toasted wood, and spiced bourbon coming forward ahead of chocolate malts, graham crackers, maple, and coffee with dense, smokey roast on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with minimal carbonation and a lingering, dry finish of spirits and cocoa. overall, probably the best version of BA Blackbeerd to date. well done.
crossovert (8351) - Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has a good roasted malt base but it also has an overbearing sweetness that lingers.
mixmasterob (911) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewvival 2013. Awesome treatment. Black pour with a big mocha head. Big and beautiful nose full of sweet bourbon, rich dark malt, cocoa and some vanilla. Flavors were big and boozy with notes of cocoa and plenty of dark malt. The Blanton’s really shined here. Excellent.
Travlr (14198) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewvival. Completely black, thick brown head. Aroma of vanilla, burnt espresso, chocolate. Taste is very roasty with brandy and vanilla, but not boozy at all. Very nice stuff.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: November 09, 2012
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, sweet bourbon, caramel and vanilla
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, sweet bourbon, sweet caramel and vanilla, touch of oak, dark chocolate bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
mcberko (7819) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 2010 vintage. 22 oz. bottle, sent from CooperEllis (thanks a lot, John), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of the buffalo trace barrels upfront, tar and charcoal. Flavour brings out the barrels upfront without overburdening the palate, with some smoked malt, charcoal and almost a sour tang to it, likely from the barrels - not much actual bourbon, just the presence of some sort of barrel aging. A slight improvement from the original, as to increase the complexity. But still sub-par for the style.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 Bottle shared by me at the Star Wars tasting. Served side by side with the ’10 Blackbeerd. 22 oz waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled 6/15/10.
A: Pours a dark, opaque black. A thin and bubbly dark mocha head forms on the pour and quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Some light splotches of lace are left behind.
S: Light bourbon upfront melds nicely with light smokiness and roasted malts. There is a sweet, almost Tootsie roll like, chocolate flavor in the periphery that plays nicely with the smoke.
T: The bourbon is upfront just like nose. There is a more dark fruit presence with a touch of smoke. Roasted marshmellow, sweet chocolate, and toasted malts with the slightest hint of oak.
M: Medium bodied, a touch thin from the barrel aging. Very smooth and creamy with a little smoke on the finish. The carbonation level is medium to low.
O: This has held up remarkably well and is drinking pretty well right now. I can’t see it getting any better though and would drink it now.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-10-2012
Shared this guy at DLD. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.
A: Pours dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Very sweet smelling up front. Big whiskey character with a fair amount of oak. Nice notes of chocolate and roast with a light dark fruit as well.
T: Same as the nose. Whiskey up front with a nice hit of oak and sweet caramel notes. Roasty with some dark fruit and a slight bit of heat.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.
O: A nice stout overall with a big whiskey profile. I’ve enjoyed some of the iterations more, but this was nice.
Serving type: bottle
Huhzubendah (2757) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled shared by Lunch at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks Paul!
A: This version of Blackbeerd appears a near black shade and has a decent sized head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
S: Alcohol and rich, roasted malt.
T: This was definitely an improvement over the regular Blackbeerd. The beer still tastes a little too hot, but has a bolder, richer flavor than the original, making the heat more forgivable.
M: Surprisingly smooth. Warming alcohol in the finish.
D: A tasty beer. I’d be happy to drink it again.
jtclockwork (9869) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted chocolate malt, lightly smoked black malt and bitter coffee. Medium body. Finishes with a sweet bourbon/oaky roasted chocolate malt.
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Craft Brewers Conference 2012
Dark black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Rich thick chocolate and bourbon aroma. Tons of bourbon in the flavor with thick coffee and chocolate flavors. Very rich and thick.