Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 2011 version compliments of ZMDR1975. Thick oily goodness poured into a snifter. Exquisite aroma of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Time to age did this wonders. The majority of the heat has mellowed into a smooth, silky liquid with just the right amount of warmth in the finish. Nice and complex between the deep, rich malt, the bourbon, vanilla and black licorice flavor. So much going on here, practically left speechless. Time for another sip.
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Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Pours black with a tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and bourbon. Taste is the same with some oak and vanilla. Great mouthfeel and silky smooth with a bite on the end. Great beer.
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours very dark brown with a decent light brown head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is an intense coffee and treacle flavor with a lots of bourbon and a warm alcohol trail.
oRos (1540) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Aroma is vanilla and oak. Pours black with Brown head. Taste is lots of oak and bourbon. Has the coffee and chocolate great beer.
PhillyCraft (5585) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Brian, pours black dark brown with light head and lacing. Notes of dark cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and heavy coffee grounds. Mouth is pretty creamy, not nearly as sticky as I expected. I would agree this is better then most of the recent dark lord releases.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Agreeing with OmegaX - Dark Horse has a special way with stouts. The bottle poured an oily black body with very little carbonation. It smelled like bourbon, tootsie rolls, cherries, raisins, and topped off with a pleasant oak all around. The texture was just right and aided the smooth chocolate qualities of this brew. Undertones of dark chocolate, coffee, cherries and soft bourbon-oak notes tickle the senses. I could drink this stuff all damn day. If only that wouldnít kill me...
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice impy stout. Dark Horse has a way with stouts. Aroma is big bourbon, sweet vanilla, roast, some molasses, and chocolate. Pour is thick and oily jet black. Flavor is similar. Tons of vanilla, sweet fudge and some roast. Bourbon is well balanced with the true flavors of the beer. Great stuff.
Sarlacc83 (1861) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle from Jim M. Thanks! Poured into my LA Teku.
A: Pours in an inky, almost treacly manner to the glass. Fills up with a solid dark mocha head which fades quickly. Some carbonation bubbles are disturbing the surface of this black puddle. Legs are thick, thick, thick.
N: Hearty bourbon with a big chocolate and espresso background. Vanilla and caramel and oak. Coconut and more fudge. Brown sugar and some molasses. Big sweet sugars here. Some rye and oatmeal.
T: Very, very sweet. Bourbon appropriates the top level here and adds a sweet sting on top of a very pronounced sweet malt body. Thereís a little bit of earth, pine and spice from what I assume are the hops and thereís some additional roast. This has some surprising balance, though itís still a heavy confection. Does have a salty soy sauce aspect.
M: Super boozy, but itís got a wonderfully filling mouthfeel. Other RISís should pay attention to this aspect, itís the best Iíve had outside Apple Brandy Hunahpuís.
O: I wish I had split this bottle because itís absolutely going to sit in my stomach, but at the same time, I donít think Iím going to get sick of it. This might get a few more points if it turned down the bourbon heat, but at the same time, itís done an excellent job of making both the bourbon and the stout distinct, so what else can you want?
bytemesis (6582) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle from Deyholla - thanks! Pours inky black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates slowly and laces nicely. Aroma is rich, woody, dark roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, tobacco, bourbon. Bourbon comes more to the forefront in the flavor, rich, roasty, chocolate, coffee grounds, boozy. Medium sweet, medium finishing bitterness. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Warming finish. Quite a nice beer.
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Austin, thanks! Poured into a tulip. Black pour with a thin head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, malt, slight bourbon. Taste follows with some ash/smoke and a lot of chocolate maltiness. Sweet and full bodied. Very good.