hopscotch (9498) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma offers dark mocha, vanilla, bourbon, coconut and a trace of toasted oak. Full-bodied and silky with solid carbonation. The flavor is of black malt, warming bourbon, sweet dark chocolate, singed caramel and a whisper of pouch tobacco. Lengthy, burnt, mildly boozy finish – hop, black malt and ethanol bitterness hangs out a good while after each sip. World class treatment of a really good, but not great beer. Growler courtesy of Elliesbrown. Thanks Zack!
Beerman6686 (4672) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma was lots and lots of bourbon, some dark chocolate and roasted coffee too. Flavor was semi sweet chocolate, fairly roasted and then a good amount of boubon and alcohol showing through. Nice
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is essentially black in color with a thin layer of dark khaki head.
S: Whiskey and vanilla come through but the intense roastiness of the base beer is also really quite apparent. There is a bit of dark chocolate and coffee on the aroma as well. A touch of molasses and char.
T: Pretty much the same story on the palate. Whiskey flavor and vanilla with charred oak. Lots of roasted malts with some molasses and toffee sweetness as well as dark chocolate notes.
M: The body is certainly a bit thin on this beer, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are solid.
O: The barrel aging helps to take away some of the intense roast character, but it’s not an amazing beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber received in a trade with funkdelic. Thanks again Cameron!
Pours a dark black color that is opaque with dark mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of lace left behind.
Sweet bourbon aroma that’s not too boozy with a good amount of earthy oak. Toasty with lots of chocolate malt, oatmeal and burnt toast. A bit burnt/acrid smelling.
Medium bodied and slightly chewy with a light bourbon presence while still containing a good amount of heat. Decent barrel character with the bourbon well integrated into the flavor with toasted oak and faint vanilla. Lots of roasted malt with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast. Slightly acrid and dry.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin white head. Bourbon, wood, chocolate and roast. Roast, bourbon, chocolate warm toast and roast. Chocolate and light bourbon. Vanilla and roast. Chocolate, toast, light wood on the finish.
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black\brown pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate, BB, dark caramel malt, and abv aroma. BB, coffee, abv, and chocolate flavor. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown, wispy tan head, toasty oatmeal nose, light chocolate, light wood. Flavor is soft, milky, bit of chocolate and grain through finish, soft chocolate with light bourbon heat and sweetness. Thought the palate went well with profile, but otherwise forgettable.
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma, with dark fruits and a hint of sweet bourbon. The flavor has roasted malts, bourbon, and dark fruits. Awesome.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL at RBSG in Philly 2011. The infamous BeerAdvocate White Wale it Forward p2 (WWII) catastrophe beer. The pour is a clear deep ruby looking like cola. A small tan head leaves spotty lace. Nose is red fruity and apple heavy thankfully moving to meat and fat with spicy bourbon. Taste is buttery bourbon and soft with lots of hot and warming alcohol, tannic oak. Ends ashy and bitter with spicy bourbon and black peppercorn. Pretty nice overall.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass.
Light black pour without much head. Light tan head for a second, poor retention and lacing...The aroma is sweet with lots of nice sweet bourbon on the front. Some light coffee and vanilla on the end. Its a really nice smooth bourbon, makes you really want to drink it...The taste really lets me down sadly. The sweet bourbon presents on the front but then you are attacked with a very harsh grain alcohol taste and bitter coffee. The aroma was so smooth so this is taste is super disappointing...The feel is light, but has a very lasting bitter finish...Drinkability is only so-so.
Overall, this is ok, nothing special, don’t trade anything great for this. Decent to drink but does not mask the alcohol at all..